How many of you have furniture in your home that you are tired of looking at, but you don't really want to replace it just yet? I'm sure that a lot of us have sat back and looked at furniture in our homes and imagined what it would look like with new fabric, or if a new coat of paint would spruce it up. I faced this dilemma last summer. The table and chairs in my breakfast nook were purchased in 2002. The furniture is hand-painted with fruit accents. It has a french country look to it. At the time I loved the furniture. Over the past few years, I was tired of the fruit but I didn't want to purchase new furniture for my breakfast nook. So, one day while sitting in my kitchen I imagined what the table chairs would look like if I painted them. I decided that I needed more color in my breakfast nook. My walls are Latte (taupe) and the furniture has a brownish/dark taupe coloring to it. It sort of blended into the walls. Also, the seat covers were off-white.
To paint the chairs, I used a kit designed to refinish cabinets--Rustoleum Cabinet Restoration. The kit can also be used on furniture. Below is a picture of one of the dining chairs before the paint and the new seat cover:
This is what the chair looked like after a two and a half day process of prepping the furniture, painting two coats, applying a glaze, then applying a top coat.
Here is a before photo of what the breakfast nook looked like before the chairs were painted and the seat cushions recovered:
Now here is the after with all the chairs painted:
By painting just the chairs and changing the fabric on the seats, I added a nice pop of color to my breakfast nook. I also changed out the artwork and accessories on the buffet and table. I decided not to add any paint to the table. Sometimes it's good to get away from the matchy-matchy look. I think it adds more interest too a room.
With a little bit of time and effort, you can easily transform a space from boring and dull to wow!!