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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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13 Responses

  1. 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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  3. Sandra says:

    Me, too!

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