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black is the new black July 24, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — hmcclure2005 @ 5:10 am

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about updating my current furniture. I certainly can’t afford new furniture and I enjoy finding new life in the old. My furniture isn’t ugly per se, it’s just a tad dated. And when I say dated, I don’t mean cool retro or vintage, I mean circa 1996.

Back in 1996 I bought four pieces of middle-of-the-road furniture. All pieces match (I’m SO over that!). Each piece has a cherry finish surface with hunter green legs or accents. Okay…don’t judge, it was popular in ’96. There isn’t anything wrong with the pieces structurally, they just need a face lift.

So, with that said…I’m really diggin’ black furniture in either an antique or distressed finish. Like this:

black console table

Funnily enough…the size and shape of the above table is almost identical to one of my pieces. I’m thinking that I can lightly sand the current piece and paint it to resemble the above. Then I’ll replace the current wooden, French country, round knob pulls with the stylish silver bin pulls like above. I’m thinking it would be a piece of cake!

My question to the 2.5 people who read my blog (probably because I never update it and it sucks) is: will I need to prime the wood prior to painting? And…what type of paint do I use to get the above finish? Suggestions? Thoughts?

More cuteness:

black tall table


All of the above photos courtesy of


5 Responses to “black is the new black”

  1. MM Says:

    You should probably prime it after you sand it down. I would probably use a black stain or black furniture paint. Home Depot will know what to do.

  2. Carrie Says:

    I would think if you’re going to sand it, you won’t need to prime it. Especially if you’re painting it dark. The purpose of primer, if I remember from my old paint salesperson days (woohoo) is to help the paint stick to whatever you’re painting, or give a base coat for an even color, especially light on top of dark. Sanding accomplishes the first, and black accomplishes the second. But if you didn’t feel like sanding, you could jsut prime. Either way, really 🙂

    The finish looks slightly glossy to me — I think I’d use a semi-gloss. Gloss finishes also resist chipping more, in my experience. Alternately you could use flat and finish with something like polyurethane varnish. (which stinks to high heaven but works well.) Vernish comes in a variety of gloss finishes too.

    I agree, the black furniture is beautiful! From memory your pieces are really classic and pretty so a new coat of paint would work wonders! Good luck!

    • Heather Says:


      I think you’re right about painting it with flat paint, then coating it with a polyurethane varnish. I’ve been doing some research and that seems to be a smart thing to do. It does stink, so I’ll have to wait awhile so I can do the painting outside since I live on the 5th floor! ha!

  3. shelly Says:

    FYI a long time ago on some HGTV show i saw that if you want a super distressed look you paint your item whatever color you want to bleed through (ie brown or wood colored under black) then you wait for it to dry. before applying your topcoat (black in your case) you would take a clear/white candle and streak the surface, then paint. the wax prevents the paint from absorbing resulting in a ‘distressed’ or ‘old’ look.
    let me know if you do this or if it works, i kind of want to try it. 🙂

  4. Christi Says:

    love love love these inspriation photos!

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