Top 5 Painted Furniture Projects for 2015

A belated Happy New Year to you! I am back to work after a lovely Christmas break and have also been busy cleaning and organizing our home. I am continuing this new year in my quest to simplify. To simplify our life, our home and our belongings. More on that later. For today, I wanted to share my Top 5 Painted Furniture Projects for 2015.

Many of you may know that I make over furniture for our home and to sell. The furniture makeovers for resale help to add some money to our budget for home repairs and new pieces. I also paint furniture to better fit my design style for our home. Sometimes the ones I keep end up being sold if I find a piece I like better or an offer comes along that I have a hard time refusing ;)

This year my top 5 Painted Furniture Projects (according to blog stats) are:

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#1  General Finishes Lamp Black Dresser with Industrial Inspired Hardware

This was a makeover on the solid pine dresser in our bedroom. I love the new colour (General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint), light distressing and awesome hardware. We are currently painting the walls BM Simply White and hope to get new hardwood one day but I love how this looks in our master bedroom. I need to work on the night tables soon. Oh, and this is the second piece that I painted using only one can of GF Milk Paint. The other two pieces finished with the same can are a large vintage sideboard and the three drawer dresser below. Three big pieces painted with one can of GF. I was impressed.

#2  Fusion Coal Black Oak Buffet and Hutch

This solid oak buffet and hutch was a piece I picked up for resale. Less than a jar of Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black took this piece out of the 1980's. So well made and a really easy makeover. It sold right away.

#3  General Finishes Lamp Black Three Drawer Dresser

This three drawer dresser is part of the original solid pine set I bought with a cannonball double bed and washstand night table when I was 19, living at home and had my first Nursing job. It was the set I took to our first apartment with my sister and brother when my parents retired up north. Also the set my hubby and I used until we had two kids and needed a bigger bed. It took some real thought to paint it, but the finish was really needing an update. Now painted with General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint it is awaiting the guest room makeover. This dresser is sentimental and a keeper.

#4  Farmhouse Sofa Table in ASCP Old White and Provence

Originally picked up with a very dated butcher block table surface, hunter green finish and upper open hutch in poor condition, this became a sofa table or desk. I added a new plank wood top stained Early American and poly protected. Smooth as butter. The base was painted ASCP Provence and then Old White and lightly distressed to show peeks of the Provence. It is currently in our living room but I wouldn't refuse if the right offer comes along. Hazards of having a little business... I can't keep them all.

And coming in at number 5 are the pair of barstools that were a dated honey colour. I sanded the tops to bare wood, stained and added the Lamp Black faux grainsack stripes and painted the bases with General Finishes Snow White Milk Paint. I use these as little side tables and they are easy to move around.

It was fun looking back at my blog posts and completed projects over the last year. Now I'm looking forward to working on some new painted pieces. But first, I have some wall painting to finish upstairs. Okay, a whole lot of wall, trim and door painting. I hope your New Year is off to a great start and thanks for stopping by!

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  1. You've done some really great projects this past year Elizabeth. I think my favourite is the 'desk'.

  2. Those are some great makeovers...I love the stools! You had a productive year. Looking forward to hearing more about "simplifying" your life.. Thai is exactly what me and my hubby are doing for 2015 Blessings!

  3. You are beginning to be one of my favorite bloggers because of your simplicity & style. I love your black & white backgrounds with pops of color. Are you from Ontario? I noticed the Canadian Maple Leaf & thought once that you were from a city close by to Buffalo, NY. After you paint, what kind of wax or sealer do you add? The finishes look so perfect & smooth & was wondering how you do it? Keep blogging & I'll keep reading!!

  4. I love the look of painted furniture. I don't have much in my house that isn't! You've done a great job renovating your pieces.

  5. What great projects you completed.

    I have a stool I want to paint and I am thinking it needs stripes on the top like your stool.


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