Recently Joni from Cote de Texas wrote this totally inspired post, Convincing Your Husband to Decorate Your Way. It’s a must read for every woman who gets grief from their husband over wanting to paint old furniture (or dated cabinets for that matter) in addition to just decorating your way. Fundamentally, when it comes to home decor, women (in general) simply care more than men about how the house looks.
And here’s what I’m adding to what Joni said:
I recently consulted with a client who was getting all new furniture except for her grandmother’s hutch similar to this one (below). She was sentimental about it, and I understand that. Here was my advice. If you paint, it will still be your grandmother’s with just a little lipstick 🙂 If you re-decorate and do not paint your dated furniture here’s the look and feel you will have:
Your friends will walk in and they will say, “Oh I love your new sofa, how beautiful, your drapery is so fabulous and I love your coffee table.” And then they will look over at your 80s oak dining set or your 70s sideboard and they will not say anything. They will just think, “Oh they kept that old stuff.” Had you painted it a fun colour though, your friends would be saying, “Wow that looks awesome, you are so creative, isn’t that your grandmother’s hutch/dining table? I need to find one just like it!”
The DIY bloggers, when they find an old 70s sideboard for $20 at their local Sally Ann. . . do they stick it in their house just like they found it, take a photo and write, “Hey everybody, check out this awesome sideboard I just found for $20!”
Why? Because that would not be awesome. What makes it awesome is that they paint it, change the hardware and Voila. . . beauty for the cost of a can of paint.
And just in case you’re thinking that the only time you should paint furniture is when it old and dated? Not so, custom, high end, decorated homes (below) also have painted furniture. It’s simply ordered that way in the first place. However, if you don’t have that luxury, it’s easy to create it as I’ve shown in these images above.
So what can you paint that you’ve been holding out on?
Download my eBook, It’s All in the Undertones. If you have a computer, you can download my book!
To make sure the undertones in your home are right, get some large samples!
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