I received a lot of good feedback from several of you when I wrote this post on what I would do with wood furniture (paint it or leave it alone). So, I thought I’d do “round 2” based on more examples I found on my local Craigslist. These are just my gut reactions of what I envisioned when I first saw the pieces. I’d love to hear if you see something completely different when you look at them:
You will rarely hear me say that I think you should paint midcentury modern pieces. This desk is no exception. I think it totally takes away from the look of the piece to slap a color on it. Instead, I love how the example shows it paired with a modern white chair.
I’m not usually a fan of painting rattan pieces, either. But. . . the glass top on this one makes it look more 80s beach condo than I like. So, I’d paint it a bright, happy color.
The wood on this poster bed has a pretty tone. I’d leave it, letting it warm up the space—and possibly painting some other pieces in the room for nice mix. Besides nightstands seem a lot easier to paint than tackling a big bed. . .
At first glance, this console table seems far from my personal style. But, painted in a white lacquer, I think this could be a real showstopper in a little entry. Because it’s so ornate, I’d pair it with a simple mirror or subdued art.
The inspiration office immediately popped into my head when I saw this piece. Not every old china cabinet has to be painted—especially when paired with sleeker pieces (like the white table). I think this would be a great addition to a den or office, filled with books.