My Best Painted Furniture Makeovers of 2019



Welcome to 2020, Friends!  Looking back over 2019, I wanted to share my favorite painted furniture makeovers of the year.  There were lots of grays, blues and layered finishes.  I think I really hit my stride at the very end of the year,and I can already say my first project of 2020 is a favorite of mine!

In no special order, here are my top 5.

Mis-Matched Nightstands

nightstands before & after

I stripped these table tops, but they still didn’t look as similar as they needed to.  So, I added some Dixie Belle Voodoo Gel Stains in Tobacco Road (brown) and Up in Smoke (gray) and dry-brushed some Buttercream chalk mineral paint to create this look.  The bases are painted in 2 coats of Driftwood chalk paint.

nightstand tops

The knobs were from Anthropologie, and I think they really added charm to the tables.  The picture frame I used for staging was also a project of mine, using Dixie Belle’s patina line of products.

nightstands after

These tables were a 2-color process. I painted one full coat of Stormy Seas, and let it dry.  Then I painted on Hurricane Gray, changed my mind and immediately started wiping it off with a wet rag.  Happy accident – wet distressing happened at the same time, and I loved it!

end table side detail
elegant desk after

On this desk, I tried WoodUbend mouldings for the first time, and it was love at first sight!  I am now a brand ambassador for these products and plan to bring you plenty more tutorials and information on them. 

But back to the desk, I also tried a new “linen” painting technique involving 3 colors: Mason Dixon Gray, Sawmill Gravy and French Linen.  Applied in a cross pattern, it looks a little like linen fabric.

elegant desk side view
yellow accent table top view

This cute little half-round table is a project I did for my own home.  The darker gold is Golden Years, and the highlight is Rebel Yellow.  I used decor transfers, which I first tried in the summer and used more frequently as the year went on. They add so much impact to a piece, and I love to cut them up and use one transfer on many projects.

yellow accent table left side
Pair of Accent Tables Closeup

You can read the post for all the details on the many layers I painted on these curvy little tables.  They included Dusty Blue, Mason Dixon Gray, and Stormy Seas.  This was the first time I used the Moonshine Metallics Gold Digger color, and I basically haven’t stopped using it since.  It’s such a gorgeous accent, and I love the vintage look of it under brown wax.

accent table tops

Now that I see my favorites all together, I realize I must be more obsessed with Stormy Seas than I realized! 

I feel like my style has shifted over the 4 years I’ve been painting furniture professionally.  Originally and always a farmhouse girl, I have also expanded to love and appreciate many more looks like French country, rustic, industrial, boho, and more!  I’ll continue to use embellishments like transfers, stencils and mouldings on my projects in 2020.  I can’t wait to see the beautiful things we can create!  I hope you’ll join me. 

Please leave me a Comment if you have any suggestions for me in 2020, projects or techniques you’d like to see, or if you just want to say hi!

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2 thoughts on “My Best Painted Furniture Makeovers of 2019”

  1. Allyson says:

    Great furniture makeovers! I especially like the gold table as it looks very unique. I pinned two of your furniture posts. I’m visiting from Waste Not Wednesday ~ Raggedy Bits. If you are interested, I shared a striped painted frame mat. 🙂

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks, Allyson! I loved your dollar tree gift wrap ideas.

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