Thursday, May 19, 2011
Painted Wood: Are you still embracing the trend?
Can you guess what my first thought was when I saw the image above on Live Creating Yourself? Give yourself a point if you answered "Where are the painted wood pieces?" It seems like you can't open a shelter magazine anymore and see a room without at least one piece of painted wood furniture.
In recent years I've been all about the trend of painting wood. (My neighbors don't realize it, but I sense their concern every time they see me, yet again, in the garage with a mask on my face and a can of spray paint in hand.) For certain, painting old furniture with a bad finish is an easy and cost effective solution for anyone without the experience or inclination to try their hand at staining. But lately when I see a gorgeous finish on a dining room table coated in paint to get rid of the "old- fashioned" feel of the piece, it tugs at the part of my heart reserved especially for traditional design.
Call my thoughts antiquated if you will, but I still think there is a certain elegance to a beautiful mahogany cocktail table paired with a white sofa or even *gasp* dark stained kitchen cabinets with a cream subway tile backsplash. The masses may call it old-fashioned, but I won't be giving up my natural wood furniture anytime soon.
Where, if at all, do you drawn the line on painting furniture?