Restore in Peace

Restore in Peace
I know that many people cringe when they see beautiful wood furniture painted over.  I don’t think those people visit my blog very often, because they are likely to acquire a case of Permanent Cringe-Face.  Painted furniture is happening all over the place on this blog.  But every now and then, I think it’s so refreshing and wonderful to show an item that hasn’t been slathered in chalkboard paint and chevrons (both of which I love, by the way), and instead lovingly restored to its original woody glory.
From Michelle at Sweet Suite 10. Simply fabulous.


  1. August 15, 2012 / 11:08 PM

    Every piece of real wood furniture should not be painted. I am convinced that there will be a lot furniture stripping going on in the future. If you don’t like tiger stripe (cross cut ) oak don’t buy it. Leave for those people who love it and want to refinish it. Yes, I know you are free to buy what you like. Not trying to be the furniture police.

  2. August 15, 2012 / 11:31 PM

    I’m going to echo the previous comment. I’m high on my soapbox today about painting wood furniture and trimwork today. If the finish is gashed and trashed, paint it. If the veneer is peeling, patch it and paint away. But, it kills me to see beautiful solid wood furniture painted and then DISTRESSED. Stick in the knife and then give it a twist. Gah! Thank you for featuring a beautiful piece of stained furniture.

  3. August 15, 2012 / 11:45 PM

    Looks great!! And I paint wood furniture, Not everything. I wouldn’t ruin an antique but sine furniture is ugly and looks better painted

  4. August 15, 2012 / 11:49 PM

    This is a great example of what not to paint. I love how rich and elegant it is again!

  5. August 16, 2012 / 12:27 AM

    I do both restoration and painted furniture. Each piece tells me what it wants and needs….. If its tired, unloved, damaged or of inferior quality, out comes the bucket ‘o paint. But a repolish, stain & varnish can also works magic if done correctly. Personally though, if someone wants to paint a lovely antique dresser go for it, who am I to judge. Besides, paint stripper can bring it back to life in the next generation. Peace!

  6. Shar
    August 16, 2012 / 1:16 AM

    I love this! Very nice to see a wood piece stay its natural self! 🙂 Well except for some wood stain. I love all the painted stuff I see on this site and ideas. Personally my whole home is decorated in WOOD furniture that is not painted. Im all for using beat up pieces, but do cringe also when a perfectly good one is painted. Met a guy whos into craftsman furniture who walked into an antique store and spotted a fabulous rare piece that was slathered in white paint carried in, he informed the seller they just depreciated it big time. I have some beaters in my garage I plan to paint or so something creative too, but all the lovely stuff is pretty pure at my place. 🙂

  7. August 16, 2012 / 4:26 AM

    I am with most of the comments..My own home as no painted is at risk of some..but I have pieces that my dad,who was a restorer for his hobby and they have love and patina I would not touch..and that holds true for most of what I paint..I find stuff no one has loved and have left to decay and at risk of landfill….I feel this makeover was special…as painting can be easier and her look shows love and patience…thank you ….

  8. August 16, 2012 / 10:45 AM

    What a beautiful piece of furniture! I have a chest almost exactly like it in my family room and I would never paint it. While I really do like some painted furniture (and own some), I lived through the “antiquing kits” of the 1970’s. I saw enough “avocado” “burnt orange” and “harvest gold” antiqued furniture to last me a lifetime. Ten years later every garage sale was running over with these lovely works of art.

  9. Karen G
    August 16, 2012 / 5:37 PM

    I don’t mind painted furniture at all but since my husband’s a woodworker I’ve learned to appreciate the natural beauty of wood. Sometimes you just can’t beat it. They did a great job of restoring this piece.

  10. Kim
    August 17, 2012 / 4:46 AM

    Finally, a person who truly understands the meaning of restoring. Those that slap paint on nice repairable furniture (and you know who you are) should not be showing their pictures for praise. It has been such a long time since we have seen someone do work this great. Thank you.

  11. Anonymous
    August 17, 2012 / 5:58 AM

    Im with everyone here… I am ALL for painting if the wood isnt top quality, or it is just so damaged..but, I also just sigh in dismay when GOOD quality wood furniture is painted over…it almost seems as if they are painting it, just to follow the current trend, without REALLY looking at the piece for its own worth.
    -Alma Delia

  12. August 17, 2012 / 7:37 AM

    What a amazing product of furniture!I really like all the colored things I see on this website and concepts.

  13. January 20, 2013 / 2:09 AM

    All of these comments convinced me not to paint the antique oak dresser I bought today. Thanks, y’all.

  14. March 27, 2013 / 1:46 PM

    Great furniture! All I can say that this kind of furniture fit to my room.. Thanks and keep up a good work 🙂

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