I grew up with a father who scoffed at painting furniture....wood is beautiful...a piece of walnut or mahogany or oak is a work of art...it should be finished in a way that shows that beauty! And he is right in some respects. Even wood veneers can have a breathtaking display of wood grain...and it is something that should be displayed like a fine piece of art.
But I am slowly warming to the idea that there is a time and place for painting furniture. I am currently working on a really nifty sewing cabinet. It is mahogany and while the top is well worth the time and effort to strip and refinish, the base, not so much. So as with a few pieces I have stumbled across, I am going to strip and refinish the wood top and paint the base.
There was a time when I would have turned a blind eye to painted furniture...regardless of the quality. But now I look a little closer...and what I am seeing are some pretty sloppy paint jobs...ones that do more harm than good and actually HURT the piece rather than enhance.
I stumbled across a website last night that outlines "5 Common Mistakes Made When Painting Furniture" at paintedfurnitureideas.com. It is a great little website and from what I have read so far it is a great source for information on repurposing furniture. This particular post is really important because it reiterates a few things I have stressed and is SUPER important to know!
If you are going to invest the time and money in painting a piece of furniture do it right so you can have a piece you are proud of. If you are tempted to buy a piece that has already been "repurposed" it is important to know what to look for! Let's be honest...some of these really cool looking "thrift store finds" have had a coat of paint slapped on it and chances are you are going to ding it up just getting it in your car! If you paint a piece of furniture the RIGHT way (here) it really should last a lifetime!
YOU CAN DO IT! Just make sure you are doing it the right way!!!