Family Heirloom Gets a Fresh Start

by | Sep 16, 2009 | Before and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, Hand Painted Furniture | 36 comments

This piece is special to me because it was my very first furniture job for a client. It was a challenge to blend her tastes and ideas with my own, but it was a great learning experience and I love the result. I didn’t think this piece was that bad to begin with. It was in great condition, the hardware was nice, the paint color wasn’t bad, but the client hated it and wanted color. We talked about purple and burgundy and finally settled on a rich red. She showed me some flowers out of a gardening book that she liked and wanted me to use those as inspiration for the decorative painting. This is the sample board I presented to her. (For those who are interested in decorative painting, sample boards are a great way to practice and make sure you love it before you dive in. The boards are only a few dollars for a pack of 4 at Home Depot in the faux painting section. You prime & paint it as you would a piece of furniture.)

And here is the finished result. You can check out some of my earlier posts to get a step-by-step guide to how I paint furniture, so I won’t bore you with the details. I did complete this piece before I had my paint sprayer, so this is done the old fashioned was with a brush & roller. The paint is Sherwin Williams Duration in Wild Current with a semi-gloss finish. The acrylic paints used were Wicker White (FolkArt987), Burnt Umber (Delta 02025), Antique gold (Americana DA09), and Hauser Green Medium (FolkArt 460.)


  1. Pug1

    Great Blog! CHEERS! Michele

  2. Proper Prim

    So beautiful… what a talented lady you are… anyone can use a paint brush and roller but doing the detail work is a talent… love your colour combo… excellent job

  3. Britt

    This turned out gorgeous! I love the bright red, and your beautiful painting is such a sweet touch.

  4. Jane @ Finding Fabulous

    Oh my goodness, your detail work is amazing!! Love it!

  5. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions

    Wow ~ this is beautiful! I love hand painted furniture like this. I'm sure the client was very happy. Will she use a piece of glass on top to protect it or is that not a good idea?

  6. Jennifer Rizzo

    That looks beautiful! I love the tole painting you did !Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement!

  7. GetSoiled

    This is truly spectacular! And how kind of you to share all the step by step instructions! Thanks so much!

  8. phillips phamily mama

    Love that you took a family heirloom and made it a true treasure! Beautiful handiwork!

  9. Let it Shine

    I LOVE this desk. It is absolutely stunning. You did an amazing job.

  10. Joan@anthinggoeshere

    The piece had such nice lines to start with and your painting make it just wonderful. Thanks for showing us your talent.

  11. Brittany

    wow this turned out beautiful!!

    i host a goodwill party every wednesday, stop by and link up!

  12. Angie

    I LOVE it!! What a great transformation!!

  13. Brittany

    yes, you can paint chalkboard paint right on top of mirrors! works perfectly!

  14. Room to Inspire

    This is beautiful! So is your blog…I am off become a follower right away!


  15. Beckie

    Absolutely GORGEOUS!
    The price of that desk just went up several hundred dollars.

  16. Southerner

    Amazingly beautiful! I am in love.

  17. Funky Junk Interiors

    OH!!! Stunning!!

    I use to tolepaint long ago. Although it wasn't half as charming as what you have created here, you brought back alot of memories. I may have to hunt for my brushes again!

    I'll be following (stalking) you! 🙂



    What a lovely post turned out really well – thank you ! Have a great day…

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  20. Ashley @ AshleysBusy

    Holy moly, that vanity turned out fabulous. The red is perfect and so it the hand painted design. 🙂

  21. Amanda @ Serenity Now

    Stopping by from Kimba's party. I love that shade of red. You really dressed up that desk (vanity?). So pretty!

  22. Whitney

    Love the painting & I know the client was happy.

  23. Ashlee

    This is Beautiful. I LOVE COLOR!!

  24. KimW

    The red is great – it is my favorite color

  25. Christine

    This looks awesome! Great job!

  26. kaylee gotreau

    oh, wow, It really turned out beautiful!!!!!! I love it…

  27. ASHLEE

    Thanks for stopping by and following my blog!! I am following you now as well. I love all of your painted furniture!


  28. Angie

    Wow, this is beautiful! Great transformation!


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