Furniture is Never Finished; It is Refinished by Hand

Decorative painting on furniture offers so many options for finishes, from figural images to lacquering, to guilding. What a marvelous way to give a second life to an old piece of quality furniture and offer character and charm to your home.

1815 Antique Regency Side Cabinet

Painted finishes have been used throughout history to create the illusion of exotic materials and images on furniture, such as this cabinet decorated with pen work.

Nina Helms

Think about how fun it is to reintroduce an old table in a whole new way. Notice that the painted designs were inspired by the fabric pattern and colors.

Gracie Studio

Tortoise shell finish is so timeless, elegant and is easy to achieve the look, without harming Mr. Tortoise.

Julia Gray Ltd.

I love the sheer elegance of this piece and the restraint used by the artist, to not over decorate.

Isabel O’Neil Studio Workshop

I simply cannot get enough of fine quality Chinoiserie. This piece is such a good example of how beautiful it can be, when done well.

John Rosselli

Did you ever think about painting a canvas and applying it to furniture? How fun is this? You can pick any image you like, have it painted to fabric and then upholstered onto your furniture.

Amy Howard

This piece would look just as beautiful with a black faux marble top, cream color base with red designs. There are endless color combinations to reinvent this table in fresh, new ways.

Richard Smith Studios

Shagreen is one of my all time favorite finishes. This bureau displays a great tongue and cheek humor, with the combination of “almost traditional” lines and the Shagreen finish.

Does this give you any ideas about ways you can give a second life to some of the furniture in your home? To spark some more, I would be glad to show you ways I have given new life to the items in some of my client’s homes.

Related Sites

Nina Helms

Gracie Studio

Julia Gray Ltd.

Isabel O’Neal Studio Workshop

John Rosselli

Amy Howard

Richard Smith Studios

 


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