• 7 Painted Furniture Trends: Trending Painting Techniques


    These 7 painted furniture trends will help work out which trend best suits your furniture, your own personal style and taste. Spectacularly painted furniture adds extra pop, and can go with almost any style. I’ve written tutorials before about painted furniture using distressing, milk and chalk paint. Let’s look at what is trending.


    Source: Pinterest

    Painted Furniture Trends

    I’ve found great new painted furniture trends I hope you might be interested in. There are videos and more photos below with links to tutorials and how-to-guides. From perfect flat matte, gold detail, spray paint, milk paint and chalk paint. This post has you covered.

    Most of these techniques can be used on new or old furniture to create the most amazing painted furniture looks.

    Perfect Flat Matte Finishes

    Trending right now is painted furniture with smooth, flawless matte finishes. In particular, dark, even black matte painted furniture is seen more often. The highboy makeover below from The Richmond Thrifter using standard Behr enamel paint in a flat finish looks amazing. The tutorial includes details on how traditional lion brass pulls were converted to bright yellow lacquered pulls. Very stylish!

    richmondthrifter highboytransformed painted pulls










    Source: Richmond Thrifter

    I think you’ll agree the smooth matte finish makes a big difference to this highboy, while the bright yellow pulls really pop, transforming it into a very expensive looking piece.

    Gold Paint Finishes

    Gold seems to be peeking into everything; from the top of cupcakes and desserts to hints in painted furniture. Nothing ostentatious. In fact, deliberate restrain is what is needed to highlight carved areas or ridges with the smallest amounts of gold.  

    This beautiful wall or hall table below, from Calling It Home has a makeover, just by adding a touch of gold with a gold leaf paint pen to the ridge. 

    gold pen detail from calling it home

    Source: Calling it Home

    Or this clever makeover from Centsational Girl using Annie Sloans Chalk Paint in ‘French Linen’.  You don’t need to use a primer with Chalk Paint or Milk Paint (read my tutorial on Chalk Paint and Milk Paint for more tips) only if you use latex or enamel paint.

    gold detail

    Source: Centsational Girl

    Removing flat, dull gold or brass and replacing it with gold can instantly update any piece.

    Bright Colors

    There is a great tutorial for the French Provincial dresser below at JRoxDesigns. Don’t you love this daring piece? I think the white sets it off perfectly.

    painted furniture jroxdesigns

    Source: JRoxDesigns

    If you prefer the glossy look, then red is big, and stripes are huge like this chest from Petticoat Junktion, where details and how to’s can be found.

    chest-nashville-flea-market Petticoat Junktion


    “Pure Red Hi-Gloss Behr …what a beautiful color. I painted this chest red and added white glossy stripes on the drawers for contrast. Great Makeover!”

    Dark to Black

    Dark to black colors are staying strong. Here is another dark painted furniture tutorial for this wardrobe at the Little Green Notebook for this piece below at How to Paint (and Even Wallpaper!) IKEA Furniture – Little Green . It’s an IKEA wardrobe, transformed, with lots of paint and wallpaper! Looks stunning and in true IKEA fashion, built for storage!

    painting tutorial

    Source: Little Green Notebook

    Spray Paint

    Painted furniture trends include spray paint pieces from Centsational Girl, who never fails to surprise and delight.  She has such a great eye for color and curiosity.

    These beautiful cabinets below were created with spray paint. The gold geometric pulls create a great contrast. So many people are afraid to use spray paint. Like anything, there are short cuts and tricks and this tutorial makes it look easy.

    censationalgirl spray-painted-black-chests

    As she says, “Every DIYer knows paint has the power to transform anything. Spray paint happens to be one of my favorite tools especially on small pieces of decor, but it can work really well on furniture too…  The color on the body is Rustoleum’s Gloss Black and the legs are painted with Liquitex Antique Gold (both spray paint). The new brass ring pulls with a diamond back plate are from Lee Valley and so gorgeous – note they also come in a slightly large size, and they are absolutely perfect for these two chest of drawers.

    If you want to try out spray painting, you can find the full tutorial here. 

    Different Furniture – Same Colors

    One problem with painted furniture is how do you unify two different pieces of furniture without making them look too matchy?

    Reposhure has the answer, ‘ Keep the pop of color as an undercurrent on your new piece!’ The different size and style pulls at the top, pull the eye upwards, making the pieces look less heavy and serious.

    reposhture reposhture



    Distressed Furniture

    Distressed furniture is a design style that is now established and here to stay. It’s often called by other names like shabby chic or rustic. Most pieces are new; altered by distressing to change the look completely.

    The most common way of aging or distressing painted furniture is by striking it with anything from a hammer chains. To create scratches or gouges, you can hit the furniture repeatedly with nails and screws embedded into a wood plank. It sounds a little harsh, which is probably why most people take the less strenuous route and sandpaper the edges to show either the wood or previous colors underneath.

    What you do next is up to you, but the trend holding strong is the use of chalk paint and milk paint to blend old and new.

    Chalk Paint and Milk Paint

    People really love working with milk paint and chalk paint and when you see the great results you can understand why. Painted Furniture is the secret to creating a whole new look.

    Checkerboard table from Pinterest

    Source: Pinterest

     It’s about creating interest and contrast. Here are two easy videos on chalk paint to see how you can easily transform your furniture and another two below – one on Annie Sloan’s chalk paint and the second on how to antique furniture.

    chalk paint

    Chalk Basics with Annie Sloan

    To look authentically aged, use a combination of methods; that’s hammer, mallet or chain links. Variety is the key.

    As I said, a less dramatic way is to use different sanding techniques to your furniture looks worn in areas such as corners, edges, near pulls and handles to show different layers underneath.

    Begin by removing the gloss on your new furniture.

    A huge advantage of distressed furniture is using the colors underneath to show through, creating a worn layered effect. There is usually a dark undercoat. Additional coats are applied, finishing off with a final lighter, often white, layer.

    Flat colors are used, after all, glossy means new.

    When the final lighter color is painted, sand back at the edges, corners, pulls and handles to allow the dark layer to peek through.

    Add a final coat of wax to protect your furniture and all your hard work.

    Tip: Let your furniture dry well, that’s a couple of days if possible. If you sand it too soon the paint comes off easily without giving you the effect you want.

    Shortcut: If you don’t have time to apply two coats to get your second color peeking through try this. Using a dry brush technique applying your blue on the edges, corners, pulls and handles.

    Sand these areas, letting a little wood show through. The effect is wood, your patched color and your final shade or hue.

    How to antique furniture. Distress. Stain.

    If you’re worried about color choices, surf Pinterest or Google to see a style or shade you love. Painted furniture was often lighter like light blue and white, but now from glossy red, black or lime, color is starting to make a mark.

    Making Distressed Furniture Look New Again

    Sometimes, you can have too much of one style and it’s time to freshen your piece back to wood. Simply use stripper to remove the old layers.

    Next sand and re-finish with a stain that matches the original wood or your other furniture. Then seal the piece, to protect it. You can use an oil finish, clear lacquer, polyurethane, or varnish for protection.

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10 Responsesso far.

  1. Jacque rowe says:

    I want to update my wooden kitchen cupboards currently in a jarrah stain
    To a more modern look. Also need to
    Update the bench.
    Could you do a segment on kitchen updates.

    • Christine says:

      Hi Jacque – thanks for the email and I will stick it on my very long list>

      Did you have a look at some of the articles already there – some are ideas but some have painting looks too for kitchens?

      Thanks again


  2. Laura says:

    I’m doing my room in a mix of western and native american theme and colors. Maybe you can directly me to segments on thus style and how to refurbish my furniture in the room with chalk paint in this theme. I’ve collected old steer horns and old leather halters not usable on my horse but great to make wall plant hangers. (clearing out my old tack and saddle blankets has been a great help decorating) any help and suggestions would be great.
    Spfld MA.

    • Christine says:

      Hi Laura
      I can’t say I am an expert in this area but I love the idea of using your collection of old steer horns and leather halters to base your decorating around.

      If you go to these links https://decoratedlife.com/travel-mementos-in-your-home-decor/?hvid=5p2Zof and https://decoratedlife.com/photos-on-canvas-photos-on-wood/, I think you could get some inspiration, particularly when using fabulous pieces like the ones you’ve got. In particular, there are some images there mixing up photos with items… you could forget the images completely and work out how to create wall galleries in some areas and disperse them in others so they don’t dominate completely. Sounds Great!!

      In terms of sing chalk paint, I think once you have decided how you might use pieces, the way you will use chalk paint will become clearer to you… some pieces might look totally rustic, others using dark wax for an antique look and others sleek. Contrasting with sleeker or more modern finishes could be a great way to highlight your pieces.. unless you want a total farmhouse look.

      Lots of great choices! Enjoy the journey!


  3. Pat says:

    What color did you use on the dresser at the top of the page? (The greenish and white one)

    • Christine says:

      Hi Pat
      Happy New Year! This is not one of my pieces (I have tried to find the source but even now cannot). It has from memory a mixture of Annie Sloan’s Lem Lem + Chateau Gray, the stencil work was in white and the whole piece was brought together with a dark wax.

      Hope that helps.


  4. Kathy Konegan says:

    Hi Christine,

    I love the greenish chest with the cream swirls. I was wondering if it was a stencil that was used. If so, would you know where I could purchase it.

    Thank you,


    • Christine says:

      Hi Kathy
      great to hear from you. As far as I know they are thin pieces of wood, detailing the cabinet but you could do it with a stencil. Looks great!

      I found a couple of stencils that might work for you –
      but I am sure you could find others or even make your own.

      Let me know how you get on.



  5. Peggielee Roberts says:

    so glad I found you as retiring out to the desert & buying a large barn shed & collecting (pinterest ) ideas to save money on my existing furniture!

    • Christine says:

      Hi Peggielee
      welcome! I will do my best to help you where I can! Good luck with your retirement to the desert.
      Yes, use your existing well-loved furniture to make it a real home.


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