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  1. Ruth Newton says:

    This turned out absolutely stunning. I think you inspired me to do the same. I’ve been married for 35 years. Our bedroom set was my husband’s when he was a boy. It’s probably 45 years old. I’ve been trying to talk him into it for years, but he is concerned about painting over the ‘beautiful’ cherry (ha-ha). Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to see the rest of the room.

    1. I so understand!! I think when people can’t picture it, their immediate reaction is don’t do it. My advice is trust your instinct… πŸ™‚

  2. Having painted and sold chalk-painted furniture for years, I know that first step of trepidation very well, although my pieces were rescues from estate sales, yard sales and I felt I was saving them from being discarded. Very pretty indeed!!!

    1. Thank you so much, Eileen! I, too, started on either estate pieces or repros that were already painted. I think sometimes we give a little too much power to the inanimate objects we own… lol.

  3. Vicki Bray says:

    Well, as they say you hit the nail on the head!! Your description of painting the bedroom furniture fits me to a tee. Thank you so much for pinning this – I will be painting my furniture now and hope it comes out as beautiful as yours did. Wish me luck!

    Again thanks so much for the inspiration!

    1. Thank you so much and I wish you the best of luck! If you are painting it a flat color, there’s not much you can do wrong… πŸ™‚

  4. Teddee Grace says:

    I like these. Definite improvement.

  5. I love what you did with painting the night stands, they look fantastic. I have cherry bedroom furniture which I love but years ago, I was tempted to paint the five pieces of mine which includes a pencil poster bed. Alas, I decided not. Your choice was made easier since you have that lovely tufted headboard. Plus, it is near impossible to buy decent furniture anymore and the prices are horrible for cheap pieces. So, you made a great choice, Congratulations.
    I am glad you mentioned the paint color of your walls and not me. Sorry, but I think you need a different color.

    1. Thanks, Patricia! The funny thing is I go back and forth about the walls. Just this morning I was looking at them with all the white furniture and appreciating the lovely spring green color again (it’s much softer in person). But fear not. I will be changing them… πŸ™‚

  6. What a huge improvement! I’ve learned the hard way that when I paint cherry or dark wood white, I have to seal them with a shellac-based primer first. Otherwise, I’ve had bleed-through. I hope you don’t have that problem. It’s no fun.

    1. Glad you like it Lizzy! I’ve heard about that bleed through issue from other people before, but I’ve not had that issue myself thus far. I painted my mom’s cherry mahogany dresser a few years back with only 2 coats and never has any bleed through. I guess we’ll see.

  7. Your nightstands turned out beautiful. You made the right choice.

  8. Elizabeth Roderick says:

    I’m not a dark wood lover so I think this is perfect. As always, I am impressed and inspired.

  9. Mary Nell Harding says:

    Love your night stands; they are very pretty.

  10. I have set that I’ve been wanting to paint. To buy furniture of this quality is very expensive, plus I like the shape of mine. I replaced the bed with an upholstered one about ten years ago but have yet to paint my set. Fear, I guess. What if I ruin it? Why did you pick flat paint? Does the wax give it some sheen?Your night tables look great. I’m going to paint mine but leave the tall boy and bureau.
    I love the freshness of your green walls!

    1. Thanks so much, Joanna! I like the chalk paint because it looks more like a professional finish than any other kind of paint. But the wax does give it a light sheen. The more you buff it, the more sheen you’ll get.

      If you’ve never painted furniture before, I would test out your technique on a piece of spare wood. Or on a small inexpensive piece of furniture. If you’re painting a flat color, there’s not much you can mess up. Doing an antiqued finish is a little more involved, but flat is super simple.

      1. Thank you for the feedback.

  11. While yours look lovely and since I did not see the before I can only say you did a nice job. While I have a dark bedroom set that looks beautiful I would not think of painting it. Chalk finish is not the look for me. Enjoy what you like painted or not.

    1. Thank you! There’s a before pic in the post. And I very much agree – we all should enjoy what we like. I’m sure your set is lovely and if you enjoy dark wood, there would be no reason in the world to paint it… πŸ™‚

  12. Your bedroom furniture is beautiful and I could see your concern to paint it. It turned out beautiful!! I can’t wait to see the other pieces. And I love your green walls too!

  13. Hi Lory I did go back and see the picture of the before. What a beautiful piece. I also had a beautiful oak piece, not as good as your piece, that I had painted. It looked great. But eventually decided that the piece look better natural. I spent hours restoring it back to it original finish. I guess I am a traditionalist. With the new finishes not sure how easy it would be down the road to change it back when styles change…and style will change. I still will follow you post.

    1. Thanks, Phyllis. One way I still enjoy dark wood is in an all white room against all that white linen. It can have almost a British colonial look with a jute rug and large tropical floor plants. Not what I’m currently going for, but a pretty look nonetheless. There are so many lovely options in home decor… πŸ™‚

  14. I love it! I have very good dark wood furniture about 12 years old I would love to paint it but my husband would have a heart attack, I really love yours and am still wishing to do it!! Cant wait to see the rest!! Its very pretty I like your walls but I know you lived with them so up to you but it’s a nice color.

    1. Thank you so much! Isn’t it funny how men are afraid of painting the furniture? Maybe if you show him pictures, he might change his mind? And re the walls, I’m still on the fence… πŸ˜‰ I do love the color but think the room will have more flexibility with a more neutral tone.

  15. Julie Yeager says:

    Great idea and fabulous result! Good to know that the chalk paint is that easy to use.

  16. Love it! Good decision. Were you able to sleep in there with the fumes?

    1. Thank you! And yes, chalk paint fumes are not so heavy and you can just open the window for a few hours.

  17. This turned out beautiful! I too would have applied the first brush stroke and thought YIKES! But gorgeous end result! Brightened my morning.

  18. Mary Slocum says:

    I know you said there was no real prep other than a light dusting, but I’ve always wondered if I’ll need to really clean off years of furniture polish (Pledge), to get good adhesion for the paint. Any advice???

    1. I did nothing more than the quick wipe, but you can always test a small section at the back bottom to see how it covers… πŸ™‚

  19. Eileen Vaughn says:

    Stunning transformation! Our Ethan Allen furniture is much older than yours but so beautifully made we have not had the heart to let it go. My husband always tells me that you have to sand the furniture first but this process can be done without the sanding?

  20. Your nightstands turned out beautifully! I chalk painted a dining room hutch and wish I would have used 3 coats. I can slightly see the oak color coming through. Now I may have to redo it but I’m in no hurry!

    1. You can always add a coat and re-apply the wax. That’s the beauty of chalk paint. You can keep adding layers if needed… πŸ™‚

  21. Lori, what a pretty transformation! With this paint and painting technique are you able to see the brush strokes in the finished result?

    1. Thanks! Yes, with a flat color, you can see fine brushstrokes if you use a brush. When I do shaded tones, you don’t really see the brushstrokes because the paint technique involves rubbing some off with a rag.

  22. I love the green walls. Do you know the color and brand?