I don’t know if it’s a word, but it’s still a real decorating offense, in my book.
I see “overpainting” all the time when I walk through consignment store booths. I’m sure you have, too. A piece of furniture that’s been painted for the sake of doing something to it, whether it needs it or not.
I found this old school desk at a thrift store a couple of weeks ago and thought it would be fun for my kids who come home from school and play school almost every day.
When I posted it on Instagram, I had a few people ask if I planned on painting the desktop. I was surprised because the top was actually what I loved about it most. To me, there’s something priceless about using things in your home that have a little bit of history—even if it’s not necessarily your own story. Sure, this old school desk isn’t exactly an heirloom, but thinking of all the kids who sat in this seat, bored to tears during a class, carving into the top the initials of someone they’ll never marry, makes me smile.
I really believe you can paint the life out of a piece of furniture. Not everything needs to be fixed or improved upon. Deciding what does and doesn’t is the trick. There’s something rich about furniture that shows signs of its history, even if it’s in the form of marks, scratches or questionable carvings from years gone by. And, I love how one, good, unpainted piece can warm up an entire room.
image from my post here
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Have you been guilty of overpainting?