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BRIANA: Dip-dyed pieces have been on our radar for a while, but Apartment Therapy just featured this chair from the 508 Restoration and Design Etsy store with the headline: “Half & Half: New Painted Furniture Trend?” Thoughts? Is this a cool hybrid look or does it seem like someone ran out of paint in the middle of the job?

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BRIAN PATRICK FLYNN: I say it rules. It’s a great alternative to painted patterns, plus I have done it myself, so that means I have to like it or risk being labeled a hypocrite.

LIZ: I love the look of natural wood paired with graphic paint designs. With its painted-on flava, this regular old dresser looks almost like a Saarinen table:

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Photo: ScrapHacker

I also like the more traditional dip-dyed look, either horizontal or vertical. I even have a  half-and-half table I painted with Chalk Paint sitting by my bedside. And I kind of want to make my boring dining chairs a little more fun by doing something like this:

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Photo: Jonathan Gootch [via Charlotte Love]

But don’t get crazy. Painting half a chair high-gloss and leaving half of it with distressed, vintage paint? No. Its multiple personalities stress me out.

JESSICA: Let’s sit down for a second and talk, everyone. In another chair though, because this makes my type-A brain completely shut down. The only way something like this could make it into my house would be if it was a table with a personal chef who would serve me a country-style meal on one end of the table and Asian-fusion on the other end. Those are my terms, those are my conditions.

LEANNE: I can live with the chair, but the quilt hanging behind it needs to be returned to the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo set.

FARIMA: I think dip-dyeing furniture is a fun, quirky way to bring color to a room without going too overboard. And why not go ombre?

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We’ve opined about half-painted furniture, now tell us what YOU think:

32 Responses

  1. Connie says:

    I don't care for this look myself.

  2. AJ Rogers says:

    I didn't think I would like this look until I clicked on the link and began to scroll down. By the third picture I started to feel it then by the ombre bench you had me hooked. I totally see the potential.

  3. @maciccu says:

    I like all of the examples above, except for the top one, where the division between painted and distressed makes no sense to me!

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  5. carol says:

    I think it's going to take a whale of a lot of paint to get it dip-dyed, for no more than what you get in return. I do like the hombre one tho…

  6. I've always had a more classic style, I guess. I like furniture to be one color! In fact, I am painting a Queen Anne coffee table reproduction today, taking it from a shabby chic/distressed cream to matte light yellow.

    • Mercie says:

      Frankly I am not into any of it at all either…One color is my speed as well…Hummm and I thought me as being avant-garde! Guess I better redefine myself!

  7. Ellen O'Neal says:

    For sure! I first made my own in '93!

  8. Renee' says:

    Hombre bench is ok….but, no.

  9. Joannie says:

    I love it. They are great conversational pieces. You can always repaint them later if they wear out on you. What is a little paint?

  10. Linda says:

    NO ,NO that goes for shabby chic also. nothing worst than taking beautiful antiques and painting them turquoise, pink , etc ….. if its bad furniture ok, but who wants it anyway. Leave the integrity of the antiques in original finish and enjoy what they are enjoy he real wood, it is scarce.

Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...


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