Top 5 Questions to Decide If you Should Paint Your Furniture

Mar 8, 2020 | DIY Furniture, Painting Tips and Tricks | 0 comments

I’m always hearing on social media “Should I paint this buffet?” or  “Should I paint this table”.  I get it, I’ve been down in client’s basements looking for touch-up paint and I see grandma’s china hutch hiding down there.  It’s hard to decide whether you should paint a piece or not.  I understand….

I inherited several pieces from my grandma that are hard rock maple, beautiful pieces, but just didn’t go with my decor anymore.  A few years ago, I decided to paint  them.  Yeah, my grandma would probably roll over in her grave but I’m enjoying them AND I think of her when I see them so for me that’s a win-win!

I’m not really a “paint everything” type of gal.  I enjoy a more eclectic look where I have some distressed pieces, clean lacquered pieces, and refinished wood pieces.  Mind you, I have never inherited or ran across an actual antique that was worth several thousand dollars.  I’m not talking about the Duncan Phyphe buffets that go for the $1-200.  I’m talking about pieces that you purchase or inherit that will raise in value to be sold at auction.

Now since I mentioned my grandma earlier in this post, I should mention she’s the one that got me started refinishing furniture.  I use to tag along with her when I was just a little girl to all the auctions and then watch her strip furniture and bring them back to their natural beauty.

Here’s 5 questions you to ask yourself to help you decide if you should paint a piece of furniture?

  1. Are you enjoying the piece the way it is?
  2. Does the piece of furniture fit in with your decor style?
  3. Are you totally against all painted furniture?
  4. Is the piece of furniture an actual antique where you would truly be ruining it’s value by painting it?
  5. Does the thought of painting furniture yourself overwhelm you?


If you answered “NO” to at least 3 of these questions, I hope you seriously consider giving that piece of furniture you own a new lease on life!  Remember “Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all!”