November 25, 2009

Painted furniture

I am soooo excited!!!!

Last week I made an awesome acquisition that I’ve been added to my ever expanding “project” list.  No pictures yet, but they are two gorgeous pieces of furniture with wonderful lines and solid construction.

Everyone I’ve told about this new project has asked “How are you going to refinish – stain or paint?”.  That’s a good question isn’t it?  question-mark1a Most pieces of furniture I have in my possession (with the exception of my newly painted pedestal table) are solid wood.  The warmth and beauty of wood brings such a natural element to a home, the simplicity or complexity of the grain, depending on the wood, being a testament to the wonder of nature.

Red%20Elm esf edu (source:
joey horton via desiretoinspire via handh 
(source: Joey Horton design via House and Home)

michael arras custom made wooden furniture via aureliababy com
(source: Michael Arras wood table via

I love the wood I have in my home.  But I also think that too much wood can clutter a space.   A room with wood floors and wood furniture and wood blinds (I am guilty of this myself) competes for your attention and doesn’t come across as cohesive.  I’ve noticed this more lately in my own home with the updated pedestal table which adds texture, contrast and colour to my dining room.  I’ve also noticed this with my current client project (the “Matawatchan Project”) planning the interior of a rebuilt 125 year old log home.  With four walls comprised of log and chinking you have to be very selective in the choice and placement of wood pieces. 

That being said, the new acquisitions will most likely be painted.  I haven’t told you what these are yet have I?  Well, I’m going to keep you in suspense for a little while longer (until I get some pictures), but I’m pretty sure you are going to be able to guess once you have a boo at my inspiration images below….

 FAYENCE-BED-MAIN-500 harvest moon company (source: harvest moon company)
(source: Pottery Barn)
pottery barn 
(source: Pottery Barn)
white alder home


So … have you guessed yet????


  1. Hi Donna,
    I'm so excited to see your latest DIY!! This painting thing can become VERY addictive, I practically walk around with a brush in hand at all times.........thanks for posting a pic of my dresser.

    Have a super day.

  2. Hmmmm, maybe dressers/chests? They have become such a versatile piece of furniture ~ showing up in so many different rooms in a home. Not to mention the storage they provide. I have one in my front foyer {for many years now} and it's the perfect piece for that spot. Can't wait to see your pictures!

  3. Ahhh Donna... you're a tease!
    I'm definitely looking forward to seeing photos of your new purchases (like Kathy, I'm guessing chest of drawers), but I'm more eager to see what you do with them!! Be sure to post in-progress reports!!
    Question: I was thinking about purchasing a paint sprayer for projects like these... do you spray or paint your furniture projects??
    Victoria @ DesignTies

  4. Hi Victoria - I haven't used a paint sprayer yet, but I'm going to rent on for this project. If I like it, hubby's getting me one for Christmas! What's that under the tree you ask -- is it jewelry, is it tickets for an exciting vacation -- nope it's a paint sprayer :)!!!

    There were too many brushstrokes on my table - don't get me wrong I love it to death - but this time I want to avoid that!

    Thanks for your comments!

  5. I know what they are!! But don't worry, I won't tell :-)

    Hubby just got back from the woodworking show with a bunch of flyers. Some of them have spray painters. I'll pass the info along to you if you'd like.

    All I want for Christmas is a finished kitchen!! That's not asking too much, is it?? :-)


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