Before I get into the pros and cons of painting salvaged furniture, I want to thank all of you who took the time to comment on my Heart to Heart.
You all left beautiful heart warming comments and your words will surely comfort other readers dealing doubt and insecurities. As Nancy so eloquently said, it’s so nice we can all “share our wisdom and support and learn from each other”!
So, I’m excited to share my very first salvaged restyle of the year!
M-M-M sent me these text pics asking if I was interested in these two pieces.
It was a definite YES for the vintage low boy, but for whatever reason, I couldn’t make up my mind about the chair.
Yes – No – Yes – No… well maybe?
I finally decided on a firm NO but now I wish I had it! This chair would have made a really good piece to experiment with painting on fabric and then I could have shared the results with you.
On the positive side, it helped make a creative decision super easy. I knew this vintage dresser HAD to be RED in honor of the would-have-been-striking-chair that was left behind!
Some of you may be wondering why I still get “full of happy” when I rescue a piece of furniture. Salvaging is how I started my business. Salvaged Inspirations was built on my desire to restyle and repurpose furniture while rescuing and reclaiming. I literally started this furniture painting business learning all my painting techniques on “junk”. All the free pieces were curb-shopped or ‘gifted’ to me by generous neighbors and friends! I learned a ton while keeping business and inventory costs to a minimum.
Pros of Painting Salvaged Furniture
- Guilt Free Practice – if you screw up it’s no big deal!
- Zero Investment – you buy paint and supplies but the main inventory is free!
- DIY Satisfaction – you restyled this trash bound piece!
- Conversation Piece – tell your amazing trash to treasure rescue story!
- Experiment with Different Techniques – if it doesn’t turn out, only product cost is lost!
- Environmentally Friendly – You saved and rescued a piece that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill!
- Greater Profit – when starting out, you can offer your painted furniture at a discounted price while still making a profit!
Cons of Painting Salvaged Furniture
- Dirty – the furniture may need time to air out and/or requires a good cleaning.
- Repair – the furniture may require repair(s).
- Curb Shopping – depending on your personality type, this may be a pro or con. I have a blast. But you may feel self-conscious picking up someone’s throwaways. That’s okay. If you don’t mind hunting online, Craigslist, Kijiji and other listing sites will often have free furniture if you’re willing to go pick it up.
If you’re just starting a business or are on a limited budget decorating your home, the pros of painting salvaged furniture far outweigh the cons. Although I purchase a lot of my furniture from Thrift Stores, ReStores, Kijiji and Craigslist now, I still can’t help getting excited when I come across a salvaged piece like this!
How I achieved this look ~
This adorable vintage lowboy has been painted with Bluestone House Chalk Style Paint in Moulin Rouge and waxed to a beautiful luster with 100% All Natural Bee’s Wax. It was my first time waxing an entire piece with Bee’s Wax. It has a denser consistency and and provides a wonderful softly-buffed look!
For hardware, I used the original wood knobs to tie in the stained top. To give the wood knobs more character, they were cleaned, sanded, distressed, and then polished with the Bee’s Wax. Metal back plates were added to give the bottom drawer a little french flair! I love the contrast and interest the wood knobs and metal back plates add! What do you think?
I swooned over the grain of this wood! I have an antique dresser in my bedroom with the same grain and I believe it’s fumed oak or tiger oak… if anyone knows feel free to chime in. To keep some of this gorgeous wood showing, the top was sanded and then prepped with Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner. Sometimes I forgo this step because many of my pieces are a little more rustic and distressed, but if you want to keep your stain perfectly even and consistent, a wood conditioner prior to staining is key.
The stain color is Varathane’s Kona Gel Stain and it’s protected with Varathane’s Non-Yellowing Satin Poly.
Do you have any pros or cons to add? Feel free to chime in below!