One of the cornerstones of the shabby chic look is painted furniture. Breathing fresh new life into old forgotten or beat up pieces.
While repainting old furniture isn’t new. It has seen a resurgence in recent years. More and more laminate furniture from the 80’s has been seeing a comeback with paint and new hardware and often new uses.
Milk paints have been around for ages (and ages and ages!) People used to mix their own water based milk paints until paint became more commercialized. There is a lot of cool information over on milkpaint.com if you’d like more history on the stuff. Chalk paint is another favorite of furniture painters. It offers a milky matte finish to old wood furniture that otherwise may go overlooked.
What is the difference between chalk paint and milk paint? I wondered too… They seem quite similar and I was curious to see if the two were simply the same thing with different names. I decided to share another site with you that has put together a group of photos and information on the differences between the two. You can find it here if you’re interested.
There is an endless supply of milk paint and chalk paint recipes on pinterest. Room with a Past in Walnut Creek sells CeCe Caldwell Paints if you are in the Bay Area and would like to paint your own pieces or match to something you purchased in their shop.
Have you painted furniture? Do you decorate with painted furniture? Share your project or use of painted furniture with us in the comments. Before and after shots welcome!