painting wood is probably never going to be a non-confrontational topic, so i’ve come to embrace it as something that will almost always be a “love it” or “hate it” sort of situation. for me, the essence of a before & after is giving a piece of furniture a new life- one that means it will be loved and cared for by the owner for years to come. and for me, these two projects are great examples of that idea. first up is designer katie inglis. katie and her boyfriend moved into their apartment last year only to find that their landlords had abandoned a bunch of random furniture in their space. among the forgotten lot was an old lester piano with cracks, broken keys, bent wood, and cigarette burns. katie had a hunch that it once served as a honky-tonk bar piano and wanted to keep the piece in her home, but mask some of the serious damage that had been done over the years. she decided on a low-VOC acrylic mustard paint that accented the subway tiles on the nearby walls and managed to successfully hide the harder years the piano had seen. now the piano has a central place in their home and a new life after its honky tonk past. thanks for sharing, katie!
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next up is kristen from kfd designs. she gave a found desk a makeover with a decorative green paint finish and hand-painted black and white floral print on the drawer faces. great work, kristen!