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Do you have favourite pieces of furniture that you can’t bear to part with even though they are scratched and chipped?

We have a few ideas for painting old furniture, that will bring a whole new fresh look to your home this spring.

Of course it doesn’t have to be a vintage dresser or Victorian style hall table to be given the up-styling treatment. A couple of coats of paint can liven up cheap wood furniture too, tuning a simple set of drawers into a colourful treasure for a child’s bedroom or playroom. painted kitchen dresser - Ideas for Painting Old Furniture

The great thing about painted furniture is that it can either blend in or make a bold statement – the choice is yours. It’s also ideal for adding colour to a teenager’s room. Stick to just one or two pieces, that way it is easy to change when they change their mind!

There are all sorts of furniture that can be spruced up with a fresh lick of paint.

Don’t rule out metal and plastic items when considering ideas for painting old furniture, there is a wide range of plastic and metal paints available, in spray cans or tins.

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If you are interested in the distressed wood and vintage look, you can bring to look to life by using layers of paint. It’s a little fiddly and time consuming. so if you prefer an expert to do it talk to us at Murphy Bros. You will need to remove the old paint with an electric sander. Then apply single coats of the different colours, one at a time in random places. Give each colour a couple of hours to dry before adding the next. Rough it up again with the sander to partially remove the paint. Next apply a stain using a rag across all surfaces. Allow to dry and then finally applying a sealant. We did say it was fiddly!

If you have an old pine table in your country style kitchen, why not add a bold splash of colour by painting the legs with gloss paint? This is a great idea for chairs too, and not just in the kitchen. An elegant French style chair can look super cool when painted in a colour to compliment the hallway or bedroom.

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Paint old furniture with understated sophistication.

Consider updating cabinets, chests or console tables with a combination of a stained and painted finish. Opening a door or drawer of a beautifully stained cabinet to reveal solid painted interior that matches the colour scheme will give certainly the room a wow factor.

Ideas for painting old furniture spill out into the garden too…

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A tired and peeling picnic table painted in bright colours will add sunshine to your garden whatever the weather. For rustic chic painting your metal patio furniture in a soft pastel shade will create the perfect spot for a glass of something cool when the summer evenings arrive.