Tuesday, September 27, 2011


A piece of furniture, vintage or antique or even new, looks so fresh with a bright coat of paint. Once we were content painting furniture white shabby chic, or confining the bright colors to the kids rooms or nursery. But much like throwing on a pair of hot pink heels with a little black dress, a painted piece of furniture adds the right amount of pizazz.

I know from reading your blogs that quite a few of you have been painting furniture lately.  Painting furniture is not as easy as it seems! Here's a round-up of images, and at the end there's a source for furniture already painted (and at very good prices).

Orange will be the color of the year 2012

From the book Undecorate

Even a pale room benefits from a little pizazz

Just one little table has impact

Brian Patrick Flynn - need I say more?! Genius!

The home of Deb Shriver -  so elegant

 Eddie Ross - as sunny as his personality

The Chinese Chippendale chair takes color so well



Citrus love


I love this! And I would do it, would you? James Merrill

A classic - Jonathan Adler

Miles Redd works it like a pair of pumps

More orange

Cool factor

Pastels rule too!

Everyone can paint their night stands

More lavender love

Chinoiserie classic

Lipstick red

Lip gloss red

Orange again! Ruthie Sommers

Bright white

Black and white - I want do this too!

There is a chain of stores called Nadeau that sells solid wood furniture imported from India and Indonesia. They have designers that guide the artisans to styles that are popular in the USA, and lately they have been getting shipments of vintage style painted furniture, in the cutest on trend colors. The price point is great, starting under a $100.

A cute painted piece in the window of Nadeau

When you consider the cost of a piece of furniture (even from Craigslist), and paint, and all the effort it takes to paint it, the pieces at Nadeau look very attractive. But buy it when you love it, because it's months before new shipments arrive.

Nadeau New Orleans

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  1. Pops of bright color definitely brightens up the room!
    I can do that!

  2. Love your design ideas and colors. Just had to follow your blog.

  3. Wow, there's a lot to love here. I just adore pops of color (esp. anything orange or red). These just make me happy.

  4. Love almost all of it, but that step ladder on the wall over the bed is painful.


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