Add some Palm Beach glam to a vintage furniture piece

Scripps-Howard News ServiceSeptember 28, 2013 

Don’t get rid of vintage pieces when a quick coat of paint and a little pattern will do the trick.


Chances are that you have a piece or two of vintage furniture that is painted white, a shabby-chic look that was in for a long time. Now it’s time for a shot of color mixed with a modern pattern.

Here’s the way to take one of your old white country pieces and give it a bit of Palm Beach glam.


• Wood furniture

• Paint

• Paintbrushes, foam brush or rollers and tray

• Mixing stick

• Coordinating patterned paper or fabric

• Adhesive for paper or fabric

• New hardware (optional)


Before beginning, you may want to look online or in DIY books for steps to painting furniture. There you’ll find the best way to prepare your wood pieces and what types of brushes and paints are best. I used hot-pink acrylic paint and a 1-inch foam brush to cover my white cabinet.

I love using bright colors such as turquoise, fuchsia or coral. Whatever color you choose, make sure it’s what you love. Think about keeping some white accents in the piece, and maybe even using metallic gold for small details.

To make your newly painted piece really special, add some pattern to the back wall or inside the drawers. Modern geometrics are a great timeless choice. You can print out your own paper at home, making sure the edges tile together, or use wallpaper, wrapping paper or even fabric. I attached bright, glossy printouts of one of my own designs in my cabinet using spray adhesive. If you choose fabric, look into putting it up using liquid starch and a foam brush; it’s quick and doesn’t leave any residue behind if you decide to swap it out.

A weekend project

I love this project because in one weekend you can update the look of your furniture and home without any big purchases. This could also be a fun way to revamp what used to be a baby’s nursery and turn it into a bright and fun kid’s room. Try adding new, modern hardware to country-chic pieces to really change their style.


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