There are a variety of ways to decorate furniture. I like to work with re-used items rather than new ones. They have more character to me. Often older pieces are made out of much better quality wood, too. But one can use either. It is a matter of preference, taste and the budget for the ‘canvas’ or surface to be painted/decorated.
PAINTED AND DECORATED FURNITURE
I’ve decorated with paint as shown by the examples below:
• Top left-an original wooden jelly cabinet with a stencil design in the center, a freehand sponge pattern around the edges, a reverse doillie pattern on top with a ‘Recycled with Love’ copper tea pot decorated with an african violet pattern
• Top right-a vintage drum table with a painted bowl on top
• Bottom left-a vintage telephone table set including handpainted matching floor cloth, lamp and accessories
• Bottom right-a vintage wooden closet converted into a garden armoire with cloth flowers and wooden trellis
MURALS, CABINETS AND WALL STENCILING
I created murals, painted and decorated cabinets as well as completed the total redecoration of a kitchen.
DRESSED UP FURNITURE
I have even dressed up furniture like a person, with a skirt or pants, if I did not want to paint over a pristine wooden piece. I have also used contact paper, duck tape and ribbon if a piece had a lot of damage and needed some heavy duty, tender loving care.