Several readers commented on the fact that I didn’t paint the frame of the checked chair and the chair with the toile back. I was planning to write about that earlier in the week, but I realized that much of what I was going to say (write), I had already said in this episode of Design Ramblings (that we filmed a couple of weeks ago.)
The first time Kriste and I had a brain storming session about topics for Design Ramblings, I immediately said “painted furniture.” As you know, I love paint in general and furniture is my favorite canvas.
I’ve always found it interesting how passionate some people can react to a wood piece being painted and how nervous/guilty some people can feel about wanting to paint a wood piece.
That’s what we’re rambling about today…
So, to answer the questions of the chair frames, I didn’t paint them because the wood had a beautiful patina that I didn’t want to cover up and I was able to put my stamp on them without paint.
Now, if the frames were really orange or shiny or speckled or something else that I don’t care for, I would’ve painted them.
While I love painted furniture, in my rooms I like to have a balance of painted pieces and wood. The warmth of wood plays great with painted finishes and makes the space more interesting.
I think if you fill a room with everything painted or everything wood, it can look flat…one note. That’s one reason why I really like leaving the tops of dressers wood. The juxtaposition makes the piece more interesting visually and, for practical reasons, I like how a wood top wears better than a painted one.
Since I do show a lot of painted pieces, I thought I would highlight some of the wood furniture in our house that has remained unpainted (and most likely always will)…
What are your thoughts on this topic? Is painted furniture a fad or do you agree with Kriste & I? Do you find it hard to paint over wood?