So, is painted wood like SO last year?

(6 Posts)
MerryMarigold Fri 22-May-15 19:25:50

I have quite a bit of wooden furniture. I don't know whether to paint it or sand it down and oil it, or paint parts of it...I just don't know.

I do know that i don't want to be doing anything to it again for around 10 years.

What's the MN consensus?

26Point2Miles Fri 22-May-15 19:28:46

I work in paint/diy..... Both are popular. Painting furniture is still very much a thing tho. Older customers prefer real wood and are happy to commit to all the sanding etc involved

Bit of both sounds good!

MerryMarigold Fri 22-May-15 19:53:00

Thanks. I wondered if it had reached saturation and we were going to see a return to natural woods.

Some of the stuff is not that nice and tbh would be easier to paint it up! What paint do you recommend.

26Point2Miles Fri 22-May-15 21:07:52

Rustoleum furniture paint is pretty good and the made by me range by dulux. I know one 'upcycler' who uses garden paint. Some of the tester pots are quite large and a little goes a long way. It's durable too, you just have to sand first and then make sure it's dry and clean.

Devora Fri 22-May-15 23:05:17

I think that shabby chic, distressed look has had its day (or maybe that's my wishful thinking). I think both painted and natural wood are good - I have a mix of both. If some of it isn't that nice then I would definitely paint it. I use Rust-Oleum, Annie Sloan or Habitat multi surface paint.

MerryMarigold Sat 23-May-15 12:55:55

Thanks....I'm looking forward to having a garage in which to do all this painting! Less than a month. Agree with distressed. I wasn't planning that, but saw someone who had painted their dining chairs and I'd like to do mine a neon yellow. Maybe keep the table wood and paint the chairs as they really need something and the table is old (1906) so I don't want to change it too much. Do you primer as well?

In terms of wood, do you think an oil is better than varnish?

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