Post # 1
So, I know most furniture is made out of wood, but I prefer things painted. Black tables, White cupboards, etc. I’ve never been a “wood girl.” Hardwood floors being the exception. I looove those. J is big on wooden everything. If he had his way we’d live in a log cabin, decorated with deer heads and wooden everything. Yikes.
I casually mentioned that I’d like to find some old wooden furniture and paint over it/add new hardware and he flipped. He’s like you’re not PAINTING wood. Apparently, you only sand wood down and refinish it. But I want to paint it!!
I know there are some gorgeous houses with cherry and oak furniture, but I’ve never been a fan of it. Any other Bees like me out there?
For the record, I wanted to do something like this:
I think it’s a major improvement. But that’s just my style.
Post # 3
I’m the same 🙂 I love hard wood flooring, but I prefer to keep the home furniture to a minimum number of wood pieces. Painting it is always a fun way to spruce it up and maintain a balance!
Post # 4
I’m always begging Fiance for permission to re-paint furniture, and the “wood” finish furniture tops that list. Though I did just get some very dark wood end tables that I like a lot.
Edited because I didn’t want to accidentally insult anyone’s house.
Post # 5
I like coffee and dark woods but not oak that’s for sure. Oak and pine are totally outdated. What does he think painted furniture you buy is made out of!? Lol
Post # 6
I totally think it depends on the furniture, usually cheaper furniture (so particle board and pannels not real solid wood) look way better painted. But if someone every tried to paint my mahogany bookshelf, I would tell them they are out of their mind. But I also prefer dark stain on woods, light colored pine or something just isn’t pretty to me. An espresso colored oak or maple is wonderful though. Mahogany is my favorite but it is way too expensive, the only reason I have a bookshelf is because it was my mom’s from when she was living in Africa, they made it out of a packing crate, yes, a mahogany packing crate!
Post # 7
i dont ‘hate’ wood furniture, i think it looks great with some peoples decor but personally im a fan of furniture like this:
Post # 8
Eh, I generally agree with you, but sometimes pieces from certain periods deserve to stay wood, just because of the ornate craftsmanship that goes along with it.
Post # 9
@MsJ2theZ: He’s okay with buying it painted in the store, but not okay with me buying oak/cherry/etc furniture (at Goodwill, Craigslist, garage sales…) and painting it. I’m like ITS THE SAME THING. Haha, I’m just spending $100 bucks on a dresser instead of $500-$600 in a store. But he thinks its like a sin to buy a wooden desk and paint it. Ugh.
Post # 10
@Paiger8: That’s my most favorite hobby in the world: thrifting for nifty furniture!
Soooo not against paint, especially when it comes to oak! BLECH! I hate oak!
Post # 11
I also would do something like this in a heartbeat. J would have a heart attack painting wood cupboards. (SAME CUPBOARDS, how amazeballs is this remodel?!)
Post # 12
@Paiger8: haha the after shot looks exactly like my kitchen even down to the same chairs at the breakfast bar except that we went for cream instead of white.
Reconditioning old wood furniture is really popular here in Australia- mostly in white, black or a white wash backed with blue. They call it shabby chic- my Mother-In-Law does it for a living. She literally quit her full time job because she couldn’t keep up with demand. She goes around to OP shops (thrift stores), the local tip (dump) and garage (yard) sales to collect/buy furniture often paying less than $50 a piece then onselling it after she has done her magic for upwards of $200 depending on the item.
I personally loathe modern/steel furniture and love old fashioned wood furniture or more tribal or asian inspired furniture.
Post # 13
I agree that there needs to be a balance and if you have hardwood floors then acting other textures and colors is a good way to make sure that you’re NOT living in a cabin.
It’s funny, when I first read the post I was like, I LOVE WOOD YOU’RE CRAZY but I dont actually. I did once have a gorgeous bamboo (not wood) armoire that I thought was an interesting piece with a natural look but not WOOD:
Jeez, that actually does not look so great but trust me, in person the craftsmanship was gorgeous.
Post # 14
Generally they are worth more long term if they stay wood. I also prefer wood. Don’t paint wood, it makes me want to cry. Don’t get me wrong, I like a painted finish too. But don’t destroy a perfectly good piece of furniture!
(ETA: those cabinets look better painted, else I’d have to rip them out!)
Post # 15
If it’s a crappy piece of wood furniture you want to save, then paint it…if it’s a proper antique you will devalue it.
I like any kind of furniture…wood or not…as long as it matches the decor. I’m more bothered by clutter.
Post # 16
I love wooden furniture, but also love painted furniture as well. If you want to go for a non-wood colour, I’d suggest staining furniture instead of painting just because if paint chips or starts to crack it’s gonig to look bad really quickly. With staining you are getting the colour you want, but will require a lot less maintenance over the years.
If you choose a light-coloured piece of furniture with minimal grain, you can literally get any colour stain you could ever dream of!