Painted Furniture: How To Transform A Flea Market Find (Part 2)

Continuing our look at how to make the most our of old furniture, this is the second part of our #FleaMarketChallenge. Eight bloggers, eight pieces of furniture and some Farrow & Ball paint…


1.Think Outside the Box Workstation

By: Style Cookie

Dutch blogger Style Cookie took a large storage box and a CD rack, delicately assembled together and painted in Parma Gray, Lulworth Blue and Dix Blue. Perhaps influenced by the contemporary architecture seen in their native Holland.

2. Painted Baby Changing Unit

By: Ohhhmhhh

Children love bright colours, the very thing once missing from these bedrooms. Ohhhmhhh has used warm and inviting colours to create a room which is bright and could appeal to all ages. The use of Light Blue on the baby changer appears almost white, in contrast to the tones of Teresa’s Green on the wall.

Painted in Light Blue

Painted in Light Blue

3.Re-homed, Re-Loved Sideboard

By: Ritalechat

For a free find, this sideboard is a prime example of what the eagle eyed can acquire if you keep a look out on your travels. The fine craftsmanship of this piece meant that all @ritalechat had to do was some light repair work, before painting it in the contemporary shade of Plummet. This is part of a noted recent trend for using cool, green/greys. The legs in Off Black and the wicker detailing make for a unique find.

Painted in

Painted in Plummet & Off Black

4. The Sideboard Dresser

By: The Style PA

This Victorian piece has the potential for endless uses. Jenny from @The_Style_PA chose to use this elegant piece as a sideboard and shows the transformative power of paint when decorated in a modern shade of Pavilion Gray. Food for thought; imagine this piece as a dressing table in a bedroom, with a stool tucked underneath and a mirror resting on top –  just one of the many uses for this item!

Painted in Pavillion Gray

Painted in Pavilion Gray

5. A Contemporary Bedroom Table

By: The Design Sheppard

@StaceyJSheppard‘s, bedside table may not share the elegance and history of some other designs featured here, but was functional and in a much healthier condition. Lovingly painted in Wevet, St Giles Blue, Cook’s Blue and Lulworth Blue; the results are brilliant. The piece has maintained its contemporary look and functionality, but the use of different hues of blue make this bedside table as cool as its colour.

6.Dip-dyed Painted Table

By: Little House Blog

@littlehouseblog  took on possibly the biggest challenge of all. This rotting old table suffering from woodworm and found virtually abandoned on the outskirts of Toronto, on its last legs. Worn down furniture has the greatest potential for gaining character after being restored, and providing an even better return on your flea market find. Painted in Dix Blue Lindsay fully embraces the emerging trend for dip-dying furniture to create a modern looking piece, with the gold feet adding a regal feel.

7. Upcycled Chair

By: Dejlige Days

A chair is such a basic household necessity that is often overlooked. A quick coat of paint can instantly transform a chair from uninteresting utensil, to the feature of any room. Melanie, from Dejlige Days used this to good effect here,repainting this chair in the blue/green of Teresa’s Green.

Painted in Teresa’s Green

Painted in Teresa’s Green

8.Modern Looking Glass Cabinet

By: The Traveling Mama

There are times in life when change is needed; but not everyone can afford to buy an entirely new kitchen with every whim. This is when a coat of paint can make a real difference to any room. @tinafussell had a beautiful cabinet already painted in a turquoise shade, but this clashed with the existing room decor. Out with the turquoise and in with Mole’s Breath which created a beautiful balance between the white walls and dark furniture.


Painted in Mole's Breath

Painted in Mole’s Breath

The Chromologist


The Chromologist is a colour whisperer. He understands and knows them better than they know themselves, translating their pleas to be used beautifully for humankind. It's unknown from whence he came. Some say the fraction of space between a prism and a spectrum, others say he toiled in the fabled colour mines of Svalbard for years untold, deep underground, speaking only to the reds and blues, cerises and aquas, bronze and golds...

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