Friday, May 22, 2020

To paint, or not to paint?

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Lately, I've been following an Instagram page called Indoorsystore. (Full disclosure: I've been watching their YouTube channel for about two years. It's called Knorp and South.) They've recently gone into the business of upcycling used furniture and reselling it. Some of the pieces Megan does are really quite beautiful (like the ones where she adds large floral decals), but some of them are just (IMNSHO) hideous. (See the picture at right). But then she sells pieces like that for big bucks, so what do I know?

I've got a project I've been wanting to do for some time. It's a dresser that belonged to my parents. They bought it in the early 1960s and it was part of a "blonde" bedroom set. (I have no idea what happened to the other pieces.) My brother had this dresser when he first got married and he stained it a dark brown. (Ick.) Now it's mine (and has been for many years) and that brown has got to go. But what color should I paint it?

The room where it resides is a calming celadon green. I was thinking maybe I'd paint it yellow to have it make a statement, but then I thought...white goes with EVERYTHING. I have one of my mother's quilted wall hangings above it, but it's not my favorite and I'm going to climb the step stool today or tomorrow and change it to one that has more pastel greens in it.

After all these years (maybe 20?) I've got to change the color. Of course, to change it, I need to get some paint and during these scary times, I'm not really willing to go to a big box hardware store. I may just order a can of satin paint off the Internet.

So, what color do you think I should order?


Mare Fairchild said...

I have to say right off that I am not a fan of painted furniture unless the finish is beyond salvage. Now, I also have to say that I'm not a fan of the era furniture either. LOL. Now, on to the good stuff. Maybe you should decide which quilt you are going to hang and then choose a color from that. White is a good choice, but can be a bit harsh. Good luck and I hope to see what you do with it. I have a good friend who does the same with furniture and we joke regularly about my feelings on her pieces. I've also handed off quite a few pieces to her knowing what she planned to do. As long as it make someone happy and it's retains it's usefulness it's all goo.

Unknown said...

I am not a fan of white painted furniture. To me it just lacks imagination. I once bought an old headboard and footboard in a hurry because my mother was going into a nursing home. We painted it a very calming powder blue and I was thrilled with the results. We used chalk paint and the finishing wax. It came out really nice and was a cheerful color.

swgoff said...

You might consider chalk paint, There are other brands of chalk paint. There are many intriguing colors to choose from.

Caitlyn said...

I love Mare's idea of pulling a color from the quilt and I agree with the advice about the chalk paint. It really does seem easier to use with a nicer finish.