If you love things pink, aged, chippy and distressed then I have a blog post for you!
While I would never paint a good piece of antique furniture, there are some "old furniture" pieces that are not really aesthetically grand enough for an expensive restoration. But those pieces will take on a fresh start with a fun, colorful paint job and how much more fun can you have than distressing with pink. That is why I chose to feature pink distressed furniture in a blog post of its own.
I am on board if your pink distressed furniture looks more naturally weathered and is more rustic sophisticate than sweet. I am not a huge fan of just slapping pink paint on a piece and over sanding it. And, by the way, some of the pink paint that I see on many of these projects is just not a good choice. In fact there are alot of bad DIY pink furniture projects out there as I found out while researching for this blog post.
As I have said before, do your homework on how to authentically age (sounds so much better that distress) painted furniture. Make your pieces look as if they have a history.....aged and naturally distressed. I have gathered some pictures to show you success stories and convince you that painted pieces can be pretty in pink!
A wonderful old pink distressed stone house. Probably pink perfection in it's youth!
If you are going to attempt a DIY distressed painted furniture project, remember that muddied pink tones are best for decorating with as their muted and faded over time appearance works better with other antique pieces. Practice on small, cheap pieces of furniture while developing technique, skill, and patience. Then you are ready for dressers and cupboards.
This distressed pink table is on the chippy side which is another way to age your pieces.
I am an antique collector so I naturally am drawn to antique painted pieces, like this splendid Italian 17th century painted bench, because they can provide a bit of eye candy for the more serious antique room. I love that it is painted pink! Notice how this centuries old bench is less distressed than what we are seeing on 40 year old pieces that are being overly sanded and distressed.
This homeowner has painted the inside of a natural distressed corner cabinet pink to help highlight her dishes.
I prefer pale shades of pink for distressed pieces because it tends to appear to be a piece that someone painted pink and has aged over the years. It is harder to achieve that antique look with hotter pink shades.
SLY PHOTOGRAPHY via maisondecor8.blogspot.com
I adore this old distressed pink French door.The reason for this and other images of homes, barns, etc, is to get you acquainted with what natural distressing and weathering looks like.
This beautiful demilune console has been painted pink and softly "dirtied up" a bit. I prefer this type of furniture painting and aging over the more primitive distressed look.
Wouldn 't this distressed pink cupboard look fabulous in the right place. Fill it with antique white linens for a bedroom or French white Faience in the kitchen or pantry.