One of the questions I hear a lot is whether or not to paint a specific piece of furniture. I think you have to weigh each piece individually. Does it have sentimental value? Are you ever going to really love it if you don’t paint it? Will it enhance or distract from the style of the furniture? In other words, there’s no one right answer for all furniture.
(A dresser I ended up painting—details here.)
For fun, I grabbed five current listings from (Charlotte’s) Craigslist to show you which pieces I would leave alone and which ones I would paint. Hopefully, this will help a few of you who are on the fence with a paint brush in your hand. . .
image: Country Living
These oak pedestal tables always seem to pop up on Craigslist. To update the oak, I would paint it and pair it with completely different chairs.
On the other hand, I don’t think I would ever paint a farmhouse table. If you’re going for this look, you almost have to embrace the imperfections that come along with it. That’s what makes it beautiful. You could always dress it up with some tailored chairs.
image: Southern Hospitality
Even if you don’t need it to house a TV, I still like the bulk of an armoire for bedroom storage. This one has a nice wood tone so I’d probably leave it alone. It would work well in a light, neutral room to add some warmth.
I think this armoire would work well painted because it would bring out some of the detail on the doors. I also think paint would help to update the wood carving on the top. Painting it would definitely give it more of a country-cottage feel. Something to consider. . .
image: Design Manifest
I would hesitate before I painted any kind of rattan/bamboo/wood furniture. I always like the texture it adds when unpainted—especially when paired with glossier, lacquered furniture.