I’m not sure if your as addicted to Craigslist furniture steals as I am, but if you haven’t been trying to score one yet I think this post might get your blood pumping. It’s amazing what you can do to a cheap piece of furniture & how easy it can be to transform your current furniture into something you love! Not only that, but buying solid wood furniture is very expensive when new and they often don’t make it as well as they used to; look for dovetail drawers, rabbit joints, and solid hardwoods which are all rare to find for a decent price now.
There are SO many color choices, paint types, and faux finish possibilities that it’s really endless! I pull inspiration for new furniture finishes while shopping, looking through design catalogs, television shows, and most commonly–Pinterest! If you feel like going down the rabbit hole of inspiration you can find my boards here
I thought I would share some of my favorite furniture colors with you today, they also seem to be the ones that sell best. I hope they inspire you to get painting!
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I thought I’d start out with the tried and true classic white. There are many shades of white, so it can be a warm & creamy or a cool & clean depending on what look you’re aiming for. It can be distressed and/or glazed for a shabby chic look or kept at a solid glossy finish for a more modern look.
Gray is the illusive shade that you will see me talk about a lot because I
like love it! While white has a lot of different shade ranges they all remain in the white zone. Gray is made up of white + undertones that determine what a ‘shade’ of gray will look like. It can look completely different from the next gray you see, which makes it wonderful for refinishing furniture and achieving a unique bespoke finish! Gray+white are a match made in heaven, I’m a sucker for white washed gray furniture and find that it sells well too!
Blue is the shade that works wonderfully when branching out & testing the waters on bolder finishes. Depending on the shade & shape of furniture it can sell just as well if not better than white! It also blends wonderfully with dark wood stain (my favorite). Navy has really taken off in the last few years and many people are using it throughout their homes to create depth and interest.
Metallic’s are somewhat new on the scene of DIY furniture finishes but the results are always stunning and it quickly became my favorite type of finish to do! I also love the results of a metallic mixed with a wash of solid color over top or the details painted in a different metallic so it’s got the mixed metal look. These pieces give off a chic feel which is perfect for those of you who are looking for the glam factor!
These color’s are just the start to what can be created! Combining any of these colors is also a safe choice and can help make the result unique to your style and stand out from the rest of the crowd.
This isn’t meant to be a definitive guide, and some people will criticize this as being a collection of ‘boring’ colors or ‘safe choices’ but that’s simply the point. These are some of the basic colors that are universal to almost any decor style. This means there is a bigger marketplace demand if you’re selling your furniture & if you plan to keep it, the paint combination will likely go with any decor style you change to in the near future. Saving yourself work in the future is a positive in my book (and I don’t know about you, but my style changes quite often)!
I hope that this inspires you the next time you see a piece of furniture with good bones that just needs an update to take it home and pickup a paintbrush!