You may have noticed how everyone seems to be talking about painted furniture these days. You can find scads of how-to & DIY videos online. I’ve watched some of them. What cracks me up are the ones who say, “This is so easy.”
The thing is that they think it’s easy because they don’t do the prep work and they don’t have the kind of discriminating eye to make a piece look truly refined.
Furniture painting has been part of our business from the beginning, the same as cabinets. We’ve done everything from ultra-contemporary metallic paint to some of the most rustic and distressed finishes you can imagine. You probably already know that just slapping on some paint and distressing with sandpaper is going to look . . . well, sloppy.
Much of the painted furniture we see on the market has the “shabby chic” look. The paint is sanded to make the piece look worn. Unfortunately we’ve seen very few of these done well. Most of them look like someone attacked the furniture with sandpaper. Sometimes they’ve even used a power sander. The result of random sanding is a furniture piece that looks “unnatural.”
There is an art to distressing furniture. You have to think about how furniture wears over time. You look at where people put their hands and where other things may rub against it. It takes time and finesse to make a newly painted furniture piece look as if it’s naturally worn.
Of course, shabby chic isn’t the only style we can do. Brenda uses the same creative energy and design skills to make our work fit into your space. It has to fit your space. It needs to look like it belongs in your home.
Give us a call if you have a furniture piece that needs restyling. We give the same attention to detail and careful prep work to our furniture pieces as we do to our cabinets. You can be sure you’ll have a finish that will stand the test of time.
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