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Give new life to old furniture with paint

by DENA FISHBEIN Scripps Howard News Service on September 29, 2013 1:30 AM

If you’re like me, chances are you’ve got a piece or two of old vintage furniture that is painted white.

I had been feeling like some of my rooms were looking a little too sweet and needed a touch of chic glam, but there’s no need to get rid of lasting pieces when a quick coat of paint and a little pattern will do the trick.

It was a nice shabby-chic look and very in for a long time, but now it’s time for a shot of color mixed with some modern pattern.

Here’s the way to take one of your old white country pieces and give it a bit of Palm Beach glam.


Wood furniture


Paintbrushes, foam brush or rollers and tray

Mixing stick

Coordinating patterned paper or fabric

Adhesive for paper or fabric

New hardware (optional)


Before beginning, you may want to look online or in DIY books for steps to painting furniture. There you’ll find the best way to prepare your wood pieces, and what types of brushes and paints are best. I personally used hot-pink acrylic paint and a 1-inch foam brush to cover my white cabinet.

I love using bright colors like turquoise, fuchsia or coral. Whatever color you choose, make sure it’s what you love.


Think about keeping some white accents in the piece, and maybe even going in with metallic gold for small details.


To make your newly painted piece really special, add some pattern to the back wall or inside the drawers. Modern geometrics are a great timeless choice.


You can print out your own paper at home, making sure the edges tile together, or use wallpaper, wrapping paper or even fabric. I adhered bright glossy printouts of one of my own designs in my cabinet using spray adhesive.

If you choose fabric, look into putting up fabric using liquid starch and a foam brush — it’s quick and doesn’t leave any residue behind if you decide to swap it out!

I love this project because in one weekend you can update the look of your furniture and home without any big purchases. This could also be a fun way to revamp what used to be a baby’s nursery and turn it into a bright and fun kid’s room. Try adding new modern hardware to country-chic pieces to really change their style.

Dena Fishbein is the designer and artist behind many home, gift and paper products found at your favorite stores. To ask her how to embellish anything, visit her blog at

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