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One thing I love about finding amazing and inexpensive pieces in thrift stores is that I can personalize them with paint.



While I was in New York last year I decorated a small living room. When I showed my client the above crendenza, she wasn’t feeling it at all. She said it was old and dated and she was right. However, I knew one coat of a bold color would make her see the light.

I chose her favorite color, coral. When she saw the piece she couldn’t believe it! Whew! I was nervous about using such a bright color, but I knew I could always repaint if she hated it.

I repainted this dresser black and now use it in my living room as a sideboard. I am most at home with black furniture pieces; the color really fits my style and my personality. And, like I said above, if I ever decide that black is no longer a statement color for my space, I can always add a coat of primer and start again.

While painting a piece of furniture a very bold color can yield striking results, sometimes a neutral color is best. A few months back I was asked to transform a family heirloom for a very special client. When I learned the back-story of the piece, I knew I wanted to make it special for her. In order to do this I actually used two colors. The end result was amazing as you can see.

Do you have a go-to paint color for your thrifted finds?

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  1. Imahappygal says:

    Call me crazy but I think the coral credenza is hideous. I hope she re-paints it.

    I'm in the process of redecorating my living room and have been searching online and in magazines for ideas and color schemes. It's left me cold. In my opinion the "latest" designer fashion trends are awful – garish colors, bling and mirrors, patterns that just don't work together. This garbage is everywhere.

  2. Celeste says:

    I love the coral especially…that looks amazing! Did you have to sand and strip the old paint or did you paint over the existing color? I have a piece from a thrift store that I want to paint and I am a little nervous.

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