I asked my followers on Facebook what color I should paint a 1940’s dresser from my new paint line, DIY Paint. I received a lot of people giving color choices but I also received a lot of people saying I would ruin the piece if I put paint on it.
Now, we all have our opinions on whether we like painted furniture or stained furniture. This is an individual choice.
My past sales from my pieces of antique furniture have been 95% painted pieces. It is very rare I sell something that is not.
I live near the Villages in Florida, which is a retirement community, and even that generation is liking painted pieces. They have lived up North and raised their kids around the dark stained furniture and when they arrive in Florida they want lightened pieces that are painted and not dark stained furniture.
Now, Mid Century pieces are usually more valuable when not painted. These are big with the Millennials and for some reason, they want their furniture stained.
When I was living in Orlando, I had my 3 retail locations. Many Millenials would shop and the only way they would buy “grandma’s dresser” was if it was painted. For instance, if you left an attached mirror on the back as it originally came you would be sure they wouldn’t buy it. But if you removed the mirror they most likely would.
Okay, I am rambling, let’s get back to the subject. The answer to my followers who thought the piece would be ruined is, NO. That is the beauty of antique furniture. It can get refinished over and over.
If stained pieces ever come back into style you can be sure I will be investing into a chemical stripper company. That is how you would bring them back to their original glory!
Email me and let me know what kind of furniture is your favorite and if you like painted or not. I am always interested in what others have in their own home.
The pictures you see here are my most recent commissioned work. These pine pieces definitely needed an update.