“Up – Cycling” old pieces furniture by using various paint technique styles has become commonplace in many homes. Often, these furniture items have sentimental value or are simply just too expensive to replace. Using a paint technique is a fairly cost effective way to give your furniture a fresh modern look. These techniques are all very labour intensive and based on an over coating system with suitable drying times between coats.
Some of these paint finishes are very specialized, but there are products available on the market that are suitable for “Do it yourself”. However, I have found that most clients prefer to employ the services of a professional.
Paint techniques are not only limited to old furniture items; many retail furniture outlets boast a variety of new furniture items that are finished in techniques; be it an actual paint finish, a colour wash or simply a single coat tinted wood oil application. Furthermore, paint techniques are often found on wall surfaces and paintable wallpapers to create effective accent walls.
During the past decade metallic finishes have made a reappearance on furniture; gilding, silver leafing, copper, brass and bronze finishes used effectively can create a real conversation piece in a home. Other popular styles of paint techniques and finishes include the following: