Our Favorite Painted Projects

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If there is one thing we’ve done quite a few of here at 11 Magnolia Lane it is painted furniture projects. Together we’ve repainted so many pieces of furniture I am not sure that either of us have many pieces in our homes that look like they did originally! 🙂  There are different techniques for painting furniture and all will give you great results, here are a few of our best ideas…

Our top-viewed post of all times is this post about painting a chair, because yes, you can paint upholstery fabric! In fact, people must be searching for this very technique all the time since we get so many visitors seeking the how-to’s for this. To make this simple, we have set it up so you can download the supply list with the step-by-step instructions HERE.  See all about how to do this HERE and the follow-up post answering all the questions about it {like how it’s holding up!} HERE.


How to create an inviting guest room | 11 Magnolia Lane


Since that chair post was such a hit, we’ve also tried some other similar techniques with great success. I painted a chair I’d inherited that needed an update with using chalk paint instead of regular paint. This painting technique also worked out great. With chalk paint you only use that–chalk paint and water rather then using regular paint and fabric medium as Christy did above, see the how-to HERE, this is also holding up great!




Here is another fabulous chair makeover–check out this pretty black velvet chair. It adds a ton of pizzaz to the room, see the before and amazing after HERE.


IKEA hack built in shelves


Christy next went into even more uncharted territory when she sprayed her outside porch cushions with paint with an awesome result! This is one of my favorite projects as it totally gave her existing outside furniture a new fresh look, and all with just a little paint, replacement cushions can be pricey and these look fabulous!  You can see how she did that HERE.


DIY painted fabric outdoor cushions


I did this project several years ago but I still love how this piece came out. Sadly it doesn’t fit in our current home as is (we currently just use the base) but I am keeping it in hopes I’ll use it again in our next kitchen. This was a $30 hutch I found on Craig’s List, it was missing glass so I added some chicken wire to the sides and then painted it. It was simply perfect in our former breakfast nook, you can see it HERE.


hutch1 after


This project is so awesome it was even featured in a book about painted furniture! Christy’s Dining Room set was showing the wear and tear from several moves, so she updated it with some chalk paint, then recovered the chairs with DIY monograms, you can see it HERE. The set looks amazing, and if it unfortunately gets damaged again in their next move {heaven forbid!}, a little paint can bring it back to life.


dining room table chairs painted white monogram


This console below {an auction find} was painted with a high-gloss white and is now the cornerstone of my office. I got a great result by spraying it with high-gloss white paint, you can see all about how I did it here.


ORC console-office-full-view copy


You can also see our tips on painting with Chalk Paint in this post HERE.

We’ll be back on Friday with our Weekly Free for All Post…have a good one everyone!




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