I recently painted this desk.


Colorful desk

Yes, I did this on purpose you may want to ask and it was fun!

It was inspired by a piece I saw at a client’s house pictured here.

Client's furniture

Client’s furniture

Side view

Side view

If this style of furniture has a name, I don’t know what it is.  Inadvertent design?  Accidental decor? Regardless of its origin, I happen to love it!

The desk I painted was not painstakingly planned and thought out.  Shocking, I know but I used what I had on hand.

Speaking of accidental art, I snapped this picture of the leg of my work pants because I liked the composition.  It inspired me because it was not deliberate. Laugh if you must but I do not discriminate on where I find inspiration!

Tresa's masterpiece

Tresa’s masterpiece

I saw this piece at a store and determined this may be a growing trend.

Trendy furniture

Trendy furniture

In my world, I like to believe that these pieces were either put together from leftover materials or have some interesting and harrowing history instead of being manufactured in a factory.

So that is what I choose to believe about this picture currently being circulated on Pinterest and tumblr.  Its colors are vibrant and captivating and could tell an adventurous story.

Captivating colors

Captivating colors

What do you think? Beguiling or garish?

Polka dots and Poetry

Repurposing furniture is currently where it’s at. This little cutie wasn’t nearly as memorable when it was plain white.


Pink polka dot dresser

Measles?  Maybe. Whimsical?  Definitely!  It goes with the fun that is this little girl’s princess, fairy tale room.


Whimsical furniture

And it reminds me of a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins:

Pied Beauty

Glory be to God for dappled things— 
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; 
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; 
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings; 
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough; 
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim. 
All things counter, original, spare, strange; 
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) 
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; 
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise Him.

Thank you for indulging my foray away from paint and into poetry for a moment.

There are sure to be other bunny trails in the future. Stay tuned.

Upholstery painting

You may get tired of me saying that I will paint anything but this project falls into that category.

I originally bought this oversize chair to put in a teenage hangout space.  I got it for $25 on craigslist.  It wasn’t very pretty but made up for that in comfort and price.

kind of ugly

Plans changed and I no longer needed it for the teen hangout but didn’t want to get rid of it either.  However, it seriously did not fit into my current decor in any way and I cringed every time I looked at it next to my Benjamin Moore “Agave” colored walls.  The chair was only $25 so I didn’t really want to have it reupholstered and I liked the fringe and didn’t know if it could be saved through the reupholstery process.

I asked my friend, the internet, about it and you can imagine how thrilled I was to learn of the product “Simply Spray”  for changing the color of upholstery.  The fringe on the chair included a nice burgundy color that was available in the spray so I took the plunge and ordered some.

Here is the result:


Now this is a chair I can live with.

Here are the lessons I learned through this process that might help you decide if this is something you want to try.

  • This chair is corduroy which probably required more paint than a flat fabric would.
  • The paint cost more than the chair.
  • The fabric is still soft if you run your hand with the nap.  It feels stiff against the nap but that might be another corduroy issue.
  • It required 3 applications.  Probably another corduroy issue.
  • The color is staying fast and has held up to moderate use.
  • This would be great for stenciling.

I’m glad I was able to find a solution to keep the chair and I think Simply Spray is a good product if not a little pricey.  This is not a paid endorsement.  Just passing on my experience!

Maybe it will help you save a piece of furniture you love that needs a new color.