H is for Hand-painted Finishes

Written by on September 13, 2010 in Back to School, Designer Dictionary - 19 Comments

I am just wild about hand painted finishes on furniture.  It’s such a sassy way to liven up a piece to bring color & life into a room.  Hickory Chair will allow you to use any Benjamin Moore color on their pieces.  I fell in love with a hot pink chair that Suzanne Kassler showed at Hickory Chair during April’s furniture market.  Century Furniture will allow you to use any Sherwin Williams paint color to create your own custom piece.  It’s completely up to you on how bold to go, but I love to punch it up a bit to really draw your attention to the piece.  I love mixing finishes to forge a truly unique look  for a client’s home.  Check out some of my favorites below.

Suzanne Kasler, Benjamin Moore, pink, hand painted furniture, Hickory Chair, AHickory Chair Linwood chair

This is the one I was telling you about earlier.  How cute is this?!  Linwood Chair by Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair in Benjamin Moore 2081-40 Pink

Elle Decor, Hampton House, yellow chair, painted finish

A bright yellow paint make these ultra-chic  Chippendale chairs scream “Look at me”.  They make the room.  Image from Elle Decor.

Thomas O'Brien, Hickory Chair, painted finish, Benjamin Moore

Hugo Secretary by Thomas O’Brien for Hickory Chair in Ralph Lauren Polo Blue

Elle Decor, kids room, yellow armoire, yellow wardrobe, painted finish

Kids rooms are an ideal place for painted finishes.  How fun is this little girl’s room?  The yellow finish really brings this antique piece to life.  Image from Elle Decor.

Century Furniture, orange console, modern furniture, High Point Market

I love this modern Century furniture console in orange.  The cobalt blue lamp & fantastic art tie the look together in a gorgeous little package.  Excuse the image quality ~ I took this photo with my iphone at market.

Elle Decor, painted finish, Wisteria, color, purple, console, entryway, painted furniture

The bright Wisteria turns this ordinary console into something extraordinary & makes a stylish first impression in this entryway.  Image from Elle Decor.

How stunning is this color palette?  The coral console grounds the room & plays beautifully off of the deep turquoise wall.  Image from Elle Decor.

19 Comments on "H is for Hand-painted Finishes"

  1. Rosa Rosales September 13, 2010 at 3:30 pm ·

    I love to sand down n paint. heyyou_829@yahoo.com

  2. Fontaine September 13, 2010 at 7:21 pm ·

    I absolutely love and am inspired by these images. I have two questions for you, oh guru of modern classic chicness… How do you get beyond the traditional fear of painting pieces without worrying about the original quality? And… What would be an inspired color to paint a piece or two for my son’s room? (OOOOooo… I can’t wait to hear from you!!!)

    Thank you, Fontaine

  3. traci zeller designs September 13, 2010 at 8:51 pm ·

    I love fun colors on furniture! I think a certain little girl might need one of those pink Suzanne Kasler chairs … ;-)

  4. Ginger Comstock September 14, 2010 at 8:43 am ·

    I LOVE the Wisteria table….makes a great statement!

  5. Tamara Styles September 14, 2010 at 5:07 pm ·

    I have always been a lover of painting furniture because you change and make it totally something different with a color.


  6. Tamara Styles September 14, 2010 at 5:09 pm ·

    Funny thing..I was just sitting and talking with my hubs and there was a black chair in the room..I just shouted…babe how about painting this chair pink? Insane wife?


  7. Debra September 14, 2010 at 7:33 pm ·

    Any hints for painting your own furniture..what brand and type of paint….seems like I tried in the past and it never stayed on.

  8. Katrina Peterson September 14, 2010 at 9:14 pm ·

    I love the bright yellow chairs! I have a writing desk that is dying for a cool coat of paint… Maybe in the grey family…

  9. Tamara Styles September 15, 2010 at 8:29 am ·

    ^ I use good ole spray paint..the good stuff though. I also purchase the sprayer that goes with the can. My projects all look flawless. So happy with them. I favor lowes spray paint, and home depots the best…


  10. admin September 15, 2010 at 7:54 pm ·

    I’d pick a color from the color palette in your son’s room that you want to highlight. If there is no color palette, let him pick his favorite color & go from there.

    True antiques should be restored as close as possible to their original state. You don’t want to mess with the integrity of a valuable antique. Hand me downs or other found objects are perfect for freshening up with a fun coat of paint. Also, like I mentioned in the post many manufacturers will let you customize their pieces with any paint color you choose to create something truly unique for you.

    Happy designing!

  11. Tamara Styles September 16, 2010 at 12:45 am ·

    (forget email info) Great advice Shay on the antiques. that is so true. sometimes we are so quick to make change a piece without keeping its integrity in mind.


  12. Lara Kenney September 16, 2010 at 8:18 pm ·

    That wisteria table really pops! Not sure I could live with that in my face everyday, but the coral and turquoise is so . . . soothing.

  13. Fontaine September 17, 2010 at 6:18 am ·


    He loves red. We may be in for a bit of a treat!!! BTW, love love love the furniture at your store ibb!!!

    One more question, would it be too much to paint more than one piece?

    Thank you,

  14. Myrna Jackson September 17, 2010 at 9:14 am ·

    Painted furniture rocks – I love to paint old pieces and show them off in a new way.

  15. Becky Hickey September 17, 2010 at 9:23 am ·

    I have a dresser I need to paint. I am one of those who has a fear of painting furniture. I need to just jump in and do it.

  16. KATHY WINE September 17, 2010 at 11:09 am ·

    Love you on GMT today. So excited for your new baby girl.
    Today is my birthday and I’d love to win an ipad.
    Love the colorful painted furniture.

  17. Heidi Arwine September 17, 2010 at 12:30 pm ·

    Great blog on H is for Hand painted! Love it, I have a small paint business that focuses on wall finshes, cabinet makeovers and painting furniture. I love painting a piece of furniture and breathing new life into it! I also appreciate the comment about not painting a piece that has great integrity. I have many clients who come to me and are confused with what should be painted or refinished. As a professional, I feel most pieces of furniture should be painted with oil-based paints vs. latex for durability. Maybe not the easiest for the novice, but definetly the best looking results!

  18. Tamara Styles September 17, 2010 at 12:42 pm ·

    I was at walmart and saw a cute for seven bucks…ran right over to the paint. instant change.


  19. Tonia September 18, 2010 at 11:13 pm ·

    I just recently aquired 3 chairs similar to the Chippendale chairs, I painted 1 of them black and the other 2 red. Color does make a major difference.

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