Lovestruck Interiors has evolved from a furniture painting business based (weather dependent) in the garden, then a breezy garage before we were lucky enough to move into our current studio a few years ago. Although we have now added a whole range of other exciting products to our business, furniture painting still remains close to our hearts and we love the commissions we take on for our clients. Since our first commission in 2010 (a huge French armoire that had to be painted on site – talk about starting with a bang!) we’ve done everything from stools and chairs, to chests, drinks cabinets, mirrors, bureaus, dressers and kitchen tables.
Here’s one of our favourites from last year which involved a set of (am I allowed to say ugly?) unloved dining chairs. They were really sturdy and beautifully shaped but needed a serious update. Ideal candidates for the Lovestruck treatment!
After consulting with the client it was decided to go for a chalk paint as they wanted a mat, textured, ‘lived in’ look and I think chalk paint is brilliant if you are trying to bring out the character of old furniture, warts and all. It’s great for highlighting lumps and bumps, knocks and a bit of history.
These chairs had some lovely carving on the legs and by painting them and then using a dark wax and distressing them slightly, these features really ‘popped’ rather than being obliterated by a fresh paint job. In addition to this I used a white paint underneath to give that aged appearance once some of the paint had been sanded back and made sure my brush strokes were thick and heavy to add texture and an aged feel to the wood.
The dated green velvet upholstery was ripped out and replaced with an Ian Mankin favourite of mine and I have to say I was thrilled with them. The colour and fabric really updated them & meant they would blend with the client’s home but they still retained their character.
We’ve done lots of chairs over the years in all shapes, styles, colours and sizes, here are a few that I have managed to dig out of our archives.
Please get in touch of you have any furniture painting queries or need a hand with a project.