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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