While filming Sauvez les Meubles over the past 2 years, I have heard a lot of reasons why people want to give their antiques or vintage heirlooms a second (third or forth) life. But I also have heard many times, why they don’t know how to do it because they dislike the austere and outdated look of their pieces of furniture.
This home is a beautiful example in repurposing, restoring, repainting & restyling antiques. I would much rather see a gilded cabinet made into a luxurious vanity than to find it rotting in a humid basement with paint cans lazily plopped on top of it.
The painting of antiques is another subject that makes some people cringe. I have had to explain myself often on why I thought painting furniture was often a great alternative to selling or abandoning on the street pieces no longer loved. Case in point: a Victorian inspired coffee table, heavy with its claw feet is perfect painted in a warm grey & an armoire, probably also very stern and heavy in massive dark wood, looks fresh and reinvented in grey and white.
Whatever the transformation you give your vintage or antique pieces, know one thing for sure… the quality and beauty of the piece will not be affected by paint. Actually, painting a piece of furniture (if it is well done of course) serves as protection against the sun, water stains and all of the other things life throws their way.
So go on, paint a little, reinvent a little, repurpose a lot, and create yourself a great decor!
Have a great week lovelies!
source: Wealden Times0