It seems like it’s about time for a refresher coarse in refinishing your pieces. I will be giving you tips that I’ve discovered and have found helpful in my own work. Kind of like parenting, I think it’s always better to lead by example. There are many Chalk Painters & furniture refinishers out there and I’d like to think we all have our own, little style. This is what I know to be true the Blue Egg Brown Nest way.
No matter what type or brand of paint you are using to refinish your furniture, your first decision will be to decide what color to use. As you know, I have specific likes & dislikes when it comes to color. I have also worked with hundreds of people just like you and I know that there are some common decisions that we have to make when picking a color to put in our spaces.
Make it timeless.
When doing marketing for the design industry, a main concern for most projects was how to make the design timeless. If you do something bold and wild in ten years it will look dated. Design like Frank Gehry will never go out of style, but let’s be honest, we are not Frank Gehry. Ah, let’s just take a moment to marvel….
So, pick a color that will not go out of date for you and the many phases of your likes & dislikes. I tend to stick to the neutral, Frenchy & cottage colors because these are the colors that you will not grow sick of. If you are going to transform a beloved dresser from your Grandfather or an antique mirror that you’ve found, invest the time & money into painting it then please pick a color that you can live with for a long, long time.
Make it versatile.
I love changing around my house. It’s seriously an addiction for me. My painted pieces have moved from the foyer to the dining room to the study to the kitchen. The possibilities are endless when you choose are versatile color. The dressers in my daughter’s rooms are Country Grey and when they grow up they will fit into a guest room look. The desk in my study is black and could easily work as a dining table or foyer table. Don’t limit yourself by picking a color that you will only be able to use one way.
Make it cost effective.
Refinishing materials are pricey and learning to follow the steps from start to finish is time consuming. If you pick a hot pink color and tire of it, you will need to re-do it and that means spending more time & money. Save yourself.
Exception to the rule.
There are exceptions to every rule and even I can kick up my heels and go crazy over a bright Provence dresser or secretary. If you feel comfortable in the interior design of your space and know that you want that extra-ordinary pop of color then do it. I would consider doing this on really special pieces that will stand out – like an old secretary or an old chair or something that is rather special.
This is a week long series so stay tuned tomorrow for more.