Thursday, April 15, 2010

White, Black, Gray & Paint

One day, coming up soon (as in before it gets too hot), I would love, LOVE to paint my wood furniture. We have an armoir, tv stand, kitchen table with 4 chairs, large desk with hutch and two dressers.We would let the boys stay at grandma's for the weekend (okay, maybe 2 weekends) and just do a paint marathon for 2 days straight! I love the suggestions on Shabby Chic Furniture on preparing the wood, to use water and sugar soap to clean the furniture as regular cleaner can keep the paint from sticking. Holly of In the Fun Lane has some of the best painting advice out there.


I am considering going black with the kitchen tables and chairs. There is a large burn hole from a small fire on the table that will need to be filled and layers of wax from small details. Reading this advice forum on redoing kitchen tables make me balk, so we'll see...



But what about the rest? I have a find love of all white distressed wood ever since I grew to love antique malls and seeing the vintage pie safes in all of the layers of peeling paint, some with even 4 or 5 different colors peeking out from underneath!



But, the more I see grey, the more I grow to love it. It's not to light, not to dark, it has an urban county chic appeal and can pair most any color I choose to decorate with.

Maybe, I will do a mix of white, grey and black. What do you think? Do you mix and match your furniture? Do you prefer light or dark? I like how she keeps some of the natural colors with the painted pieces.



As a note, I love natural wood and stain, especially mid century modern pieces,  but trust me, none of our furniture is lookin so hot for that right now, though I do think that maybe a few chairs would look neat! I do need to get two more for the ends of our table anyways...

21 comments:

Crafting in the beach hut said...

What a pleasing post! Great collection of amazing furniture and decor. I'm in exactly the same place at the mo, trying to bite the bullet and paint something white (it's all natural wood at the mo), so am grateful for your links to advice.

Are you going to paint yours? I'm tempted to start with a wooden paper towel holder and see how that goes! I can't do too much damage to that :o) Let us know how you get on xox

Domesticated-Bliss said...

I love the color combos! And that driftwood as decoration is GENIUS! Maybe I'll try and get my hands on some?

My Life Under the Bus said...

I love this furniture and am an avid painter ! I will tell you one thing. I have 4 boys and I painted my kitchen chairs black ( they have been green , and blue ) EVERYTHING SHOWS !!!! It's only been a few months and I am totally disgusted with them . Every yogurt smear and jelly glob show worse then if they were white. I don't know what color I am doing next - The gray is nice ! - but I'm getting rid of the black !!!

My Life Under the Bus said...

Oh and I painted some china cabinets I had put together from bookshelves and microwave carts black also and all I see is DUST and fingerprints!! aaarg ! ...ok I feel better now......

Little Lovables said...

thanks for the very wise tips about the black paint!!!

Kristina P. said...

I love these. They look so sleek.

chair up said...

White, black and grey is my favourite colour (2 Aussie spellings in a row there!)combination. I will say though that the furniture I have painted black shows so much of the dust. I keep wondering if I should paint it white or grey.
I love that large buffet/hutch!
Angex

Sarah loves it all said...

I am loving gray right now. I love the pics you found. We painted our dining table and chairs black and it looks sort of like the second picture. It looks great, but I agree with My Life Under the Bus. It's really high maintenance. Go gray!!

Athena's Armoury said...

I would love to see where your creativity takes you! I'm a big fan of natural wood, but I too love white crackling paint.

Sandra Darling ~ Visual Art Creations said...

these are just so gorgeous!! love them all!


Sandra Darling xoxo

Chris and Mary said...

I love your taste! In EVERYTHING, I'm totally serious. Beautiful!

Our email is ckillion7@gmail.com. We'd love to keep in touch with your family :)

Galit said...

I'm with you!
Natural wood and mid century modern pieces, especially when coming in white are superb.
Great post and great interiors!!

Tess said...

wow, those are gorgeous, inspiring pictures. I love the hutch especially. It makes me wish our pets didn't shed so much so we could have white furniture (or at least a clean house!)

Tracey @ My House of Giggles said...

I just stumbled into your lovely blog, and here is a photo of my little dining hutch! :) Thanks for featuring it!!

Jackie said...

What a lovely post! I love the colours, and I SO want to paint my own shabby-chic furniture as well lol.

I'm now following your blog, its so lovely :)

Jackie x

www.totallyaddictedtovintage.blogspot.com

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