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How do you decide on the look for a piece of furniture? I’m completely bewildered by what to do and my head is buzzing with ideas!
Good question. In the first instance, I would let the furniture guide you.
For example, what is the style/type of furniture? MCM, farmhouse, rustic, heavily carved, simple, antique or french, etc?
Now take a look at the condition - I usually do this whilst prepping it - is it made from beautiful solid wood or veneer? Is it in need of repairs or perhaps it just has scratches and gouges.
Now you’ve made a note of this information you can put together some ideas.
For example, if you have:
A heavily carved piece, then think about dry brushing, glazing or waxing.
MCM furniture looks great with a sleek, contemporary finish or create a geometric pattern using frog tape or a stencil. I would suggest non-chalk, self-levelling paint for this look.
A heavily scratched or gouged piece. Use this to your advantage and go for a distressed finish and highlight the damage as part of the look. Alternatively, think about adding texture as it hides a multitude of sins.
If you are lucky enough to have a solid wood piece in great condition then my advice would be to consider part-painting it. Perhaps leave the top and drawers bare (or stain them a different colour to match the piece) and paint the carcass. Not only is this a great look, it saves paint and time!
Do you have a very simple (dare I say dull) item? Then think about embellishing with mouldings and/or using a layered or blended look to add more depth and patina.
FINALLY, please remember that it is only paint. If you make a mistake then keep going until you are happy with it or paint over it!
Do you have any questions you would like answered? Just pop them in the comments below and I’ll choose one every week to answer.