With all of the options for the Do-It-Yourselfer’s who paint furniture these days, it has become quite competitive amongst paint distributors who give the public so many options to consider when it comes to which brand to use.
Most people are looking for 4 or 5 things that are important to them…
1) Ease of use
2) Nice choice of colors
5) Nice finish
…not necessarily in that order.
You do not have to look very far to find all of these benefits in a paint you choose to paint your furniture projects with, anymore. Paint boutiques with home decor type paints have popped up everywhere all featuring a paint that is competing to meet all of these qualities.
Distributors are also searching for the paint that will serve their customers best. It can be quite confusing, at best, and without question, competitive. Competition is good for the economy and I honestly do feel that there is room for all of us who are selling this type of paint.
I have found that for the most part, the paints available are pretty much able to meet all five of these demands for the customer. The good thing is, each competitor has a good variety of different paint colors to choose from and I have found that customers will, a lot of time, choose based on paint color.
Although, a few know exactly what color they want, many of my clients don’t know what color to choose and need help with this. I try to make this easier by having several pieces of furniture and samples painted in different colors and color combinations, as well as different types of finishes. When they see what a color looks like on a finished piece, it helps my client know what to expect for their own pieces.
Knowing and understanding color is a huge part of what I offer my clients. There is so much more to it than picking a color simply because you like it. It’s what you can do with a color that you like, such as layering it with other colors to give your furniture added dimension and a finish that will set it apart from just picking one color and painting a piece. Understanding how to layer colors and which colors work well together that will give you professional results is important. As a designer, this is how I help my clients achieve a beautifully painted finish for their furniture.
Signing up for one of my workshops benefits my clients further, as they learn unique paint techniques and learn what colors work well together, as well as working with glazes and other faux products that can give you even more options for getting professional looking results.
Unexpected color combos, such as this Union Jack in untraditional colors using chalk paint and metallics give this chest of drawers a look of blue jeans and a t-shirt….
These wooden candle holders and decorative spires have layers of different paint colors, along with strategically placed crackling and distressing that give them a weathered looking finish….
Four different paint colors from American Paint Company Paint were layered on these wooden spires….
The finishing wax gives the final paint color two different looks; the same outer paint color was used for final layer, but the spires were sealed with clear wax and the candle holder was sealed with dark brown wax.
Applying foils and leafing is one of the faux techniques that can be used to create a beautiful and professional finish for your furniture….
The color combo chosen for this desk and chair in muted tertiary color tones works beautifully….
Inspiring your vintage lifestyle,