Thursday, October 29, 2015

Decorating With Distressed Pink Furniture

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.

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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.


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.

Pink distressed barn wood......why not!

This piece of pink painted furniture is something I would choose. The natural distressing has not taken away from its aged elegance. This is how I like pieces to look.......antique but not overly distressed.

A pretty wall shelf, painted pink with time worn distressing.

This little trunk is the ideal candidate for this kind of faux transformation as it is not too valuable to put a coat of paint on.

A pretty distressed pink dresser with white floral stems would brighten up any bedroom. 
It is lightly distressed which makes it seem more like an antique. You can create your own heirlooms
if you research and take your time to "antique" the piece correctly.

This is one of my favorite old pink pieces and it could be used in so many different ways. This is how your pink furniture should look if you are distressing your own..........naturally aged!!!

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Beautifully aged pink French home. Notice the gentle fading of the paint.......another subtle hint to remember when distressing your piece of furniture.

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This pink distressed table has been sanded a bit too much for my taste but it is a cute piece for a country kitchen.

A great distressed pink table for gathering around either inside or out. If you are distressing one of your own remember most of the wear will be on the legs graduating towards the bottoms. The apron will not show as much signs of use. Remember to imitate the genuine article as much as possible.

It is hard to replicate natural weathering. Remember not to be too uniform in your distressing. You don't want your work to look too perfect or that you are trying too hard. Also old furniture has many layers of paint that give it that great thick patina. Put as many layers on as you can so you can successfully chip and sand.

I like this distressed pink table as it looks authentic and naturally weathered. It is hard to 
reproduce the look or furniture left out in the weather for years but you can come close by using a good on-line tutorial. There are many, so check them out and be selective!

Although I am no expert I think this is a believably authentic distressed pink antique pie safe complete with worn places, chipping, and crackle that is hard to duplicate. A DIY distressed piece is suppose to look like this!

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Decorating With The Gold And Grey Color Combination

This blog post features the lovely color combination of gold and grey, a wonderful choice if you are considering a freshening up of your interiors. Designing your space around these two colors will keep you on trend in two different ways. First, mixing metals like gold and silver or any other warm and cool metal combination is very trendy at present, and secondly, grey remains a popular neutral on the move that is showing no signs of slowing down. If metallics are not your cup of tea and you don't want to totally commit to grey, you can still be current and not go wrong with the sophisticated combination of gold and grey. Grey can be dramatic and cool while gold is usually associated with glamour and regal interiors. I particularly like the softer side of gold and grey as these hues seem to be more soothing and elegant and the end result does not have to be dramatic and opulent but can be used in a more understated way to deliver a timeless and refined interior.

I hope these images inspire you to consider just how pretty the gold/grey color palette is the next time you decorate.

The gold/grey combination has been a staple of home decor throughout the centuries.

Silver and gold are associated with wealth and the gold/grey combination instantly makes a room look rich and elegant. The grisaille panel is another great way to add grey to your walls.

Nothing warms up a gray wall like an antique gold frame, so why not add a grouping of pictures in antique gilded frames to complete your gold/grey interiors

A gold/grey palette with the addition of a cream Knoll sofa creates a lovely, sophisticated sitting room. Look for a chance to add in something metallic such as the gold tone table in the foreground and you are definitely on trend.

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The faux painted wall and beautiful French bed give the feeling of old world charm while a mix of lovely gold and grey patterned bed linens shout modern luxury.

Garrow Kedigian

I love the contemporary feel of gray, but often think it is too cold when paired with other cool tones. This is where the warmth of gold works it's magic of bringing a more inviting element into the room.

This room has a delicate feminine look. You can seldom go wrong with the combination of a soft gold and grey room with cream furniture.

If you can't commit to grey or gold walls you can still have the desired look by painting your room in french vanilla tones and adding the grey and gold through accessories, rugs, and fabric. I am loving the animal print chair!! Also the brass and glass table adds a touch of metal madness to this trendy room.

In this transitional living space the stateliness of the classic gray room needs a touch of warmth and luster which is added by the draperies and modern brass side table.

Build your confidence in the gold/grey combination by starting small. A gold lamp here, a grey satin pillow there, and before you know it you are a pro at decorating with this color palette..

Jean-Louis Deniot

In this Paris apartment, the grey walls and doors are trimmed out in gold and create the perfect backdrop for a sophisticated mix of grey furnishings.

This bedroom features my favorite shade of grey......with soft yellow undertones. This makes it perfectly matched for the shimmer of perfectly placed warm honey colored gold.

Barry Dixon

The refinement of grey has a way of elevating a more casual decor. Gold is warm, timeless, and elegant so these two colors work beautifully together. Here the gold has been pulled down from the curtains by tossing a few throw pillows onto the sofa and adding some gold accessories.

Bridget Beari Designs

There are many wallpaper patterns out there in the gold/grey combination that will satisfy all decorating styles. With metallics being so popular at present you can create some gorgeous walls with subtle shimmer and sheen.

I love this pale grey and gold paper because of it's classic look.

Aged gold gilded candlesticks look beautiful against a weathered grey wall.

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In this room grey doesn't overpower or fight with the buttery yellow and gold accents. That is what makes a soft grey such a good neutral to work with.

If you like the gold/grey combination but don't want alot of the shimmer and glam side gold, try a more subtle introduction through prints or textiles.

I love this beautiful chair painted with gold and grey and upholstered in have to admit this color combo is elegant.

A bedroom is a good place to try the gold/grey combination. The grey is masculine while a soft gold is more makes a nice balance. This room has been beautifully layered with textured wallpaper, patterned fabric headboard, and luxurious gold and grey patterned pillows for depth and luster. The dog is optional!

Gold and grey in French Country style by Charles Faudree.

Another great place to try this color palette is in the kitchen where you can paint your cabinets grey and add some gold cabinet hardware and faucets.

Look for ways to use mirrors and crystal in a gold and grey interior. I hope I have convinced you to take a second look at this wonderful color combination!!

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