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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. Rachael says:

    that desk is just beautiful, rashon. nice work!

    Rachael http://thethriftypicker.blogspot.com/

  2. Website Design says:

    Wow, that bold reddish color used on the bureau is stunning!

  3. Kayla@HGTV says:

    I'm in love with that credenza!

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  5. Peg says:

    Amazing how the black dresser doesn't look like a "dresser". I've tried to "restore" dressers and desks in the past and they just don't look as nice as yours! You are very talented!

  6. Diane says:

    I love all of these. I think they are great, thanks for sharing.

  7. Ava DeVault says:

    I wonder if she used a auto painter for the dresser. Some designers take them to a car painter to have them done. Beautiful!

  8. Nebraska says:

    I simply love all of these pieces!

  9. Katherine says:

    I buy furniture from thrifts often. Side tables, dresser drawers, bookshelves. Especially if they have some little detail, a curved apron, a shapely turned leg, or clean midcentury lines. One or two coats of crisp white paint brings out all the beauty of the piece.

  10. Carolyn Miller says:

    I love all each piece and the colors chosen. I can do the work, but do not have to creativity to see the possibilities in pieces or come up with the creative ideas. I guess that's why I will just have to keep taking other people's ideas an use them myself. I LOVE all of these! Wish I had the credenza in my dining room. I am going to start looking for one right away. Carolyn

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