With the invention of the television, no one thought it could get any better until the colored TV was introduced. Black and white is fine, but color brings things to life.
It’s the same with furniture. Brown, black, and white stains are nice, but color adds so much personality! So, if you want to give new life to old furniture, try the non-conventional route and add a little color.
Want to give your home a fresh edge? Modernize a vintage dresser with a new coat of paint. Refinishing this mid-century piece in royal blue paint transforms it into a modern console perfect for your living room or hallway.
Here are some ideas on how to make your furniture more colorful:
Colored and Distressed
If you’re a fan of antiques or you’re still hesitant to use just plain reds or blues or yellows on your furniture, why not distress your furniture first? Follow these simple steps:
- First, detach all hardware — knobs, handles, and the like — from the furniture. Doing so prevents them from being stained, while ensuring that the entire piece will be adequately refinished.
- Cover any damages on the wood. This can be done by applying wood filler to the chipped or pitted surfaces.
- Lightly sand the furniture, and remove any residue to make it easier for the primer to adhere. Remember, without the primer, your paint may chip, peel, and form small bubbles.
- Paint your furniture in your preferred color, and distress it with sandpaper after the paint has dried up. Focus the distressing on the edges and other areas likely to have natural wear.
- Finally, protect your work of art with a clear coat of lacquer or sealant!
Pops of Color
Go bold with pattern! The playful harlequin design on this bedroom chest adds a touch of whimsy to an otherwise subdued interior décor.
Pick one unifying color to create a matching dining chair set out of different chairs. A deep red does the trick in this project.
Create visual interest and make a furniture stand out. In this modern kids’ room, the bold color of the nightstand definitely draws the eye to this piece.
Decorating with color adds much needed flair to your furnished home and can make a furniture stand out amidst other furnishings. Let your furniture pieces be a statement all on their own with their new look.
Jennifer Lutz blogs about home décor and related subjects for ChristmasTreeMarket. She produces the Home Décor 101 series on their blog.