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Christopher White’s “Revitalized Artistry”

by Maxwell Tielman

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As somebody who is in the middle of renovating a house, I am learning that there are few things a nice coat of fresh white paint can’t fix. Well, that and a little elbow grease. This is a design truth that Christopher White, a junior Marketing major at the University of Georgia seems to have a firm grasp on. An avid appreciator of midcentury furniture, Christopher began his rehabbed furniture business, Revitalized Artistry, as a bit of a hobby. Taking furniture that has been weathered and disheveled over time, he puts in the love, labor, and time it needs to return to its former glory. He says,

Last summer this project began from a culmination of several curiosities. I enjoy finding abused furniture and bringing it back to life in which the original character can shine through. I take great pride in the recycling of these pieces. Many pieces I find in this state are broken down, but certainly repairable. During restoration, I like to infuse my own style within the detail of each piece.

His latest line of spruced up midcentury beauties has been dubbed “The White Collection.” In addition to restoring ragged and beaten wood, Christopher has added a beautiful coat of bone white paint to elements, creating a wonderful contrast with the original material. Applying paint to vintage furniture can sometimes be controversial, but Christopher’s obvious veneration for his source material definitely shows through—the white acts to enhance, not hide, the object’s original beauty. Check out more photos of Christopher’s work and some awesome Before & After shots after the jump! —Max

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  • So often I see paint used to cover up damage, etc. and in the process much of the original design is either obscured or made to appear garish. Not so here, where the original coolness of these pieces comes shining through. Just gorgeous!

  • Yes sometimes it might be controversial to paint furniture because people think once painted it looses value, but I rather have any piece from this collection. It’s the perfect combination.

  • Wow! What an amazing difference! Not only does it give the furniture a new lease of life, but it also gives it a bit of personality. Wish I had them in my house!

  • This is painting mid-century furniture done RIGHT. It seems the wood is damaged to the point where the fresh coat of white does wonders, and the paint is tastefully applied so as to accentuate the architectural details of these classic pieces, rather than obscure it. So much better than slapping a sheet of concrete on top of a fabric-covered monstrosity ;)

  • These are really beautiful! Just last weekend I refinished a dresser I bought for $30 in a similar style. The post might be helpful if you’re inspired by Christopher and want to try upgrading something yourself!

  • these pieces are simply fantastic + the slight make-over via paint is beautiful! i love all of them, great job – they still have their classic lines + vintage feel, with a breath of fresh air added. we have several vintage pieces at red that have been repurposed, or touched up + given new life for a new home.

  • This is painting wood done right! Really highlights the design elements instead of obscuring them.

  • The transformation is amazing! Respectful to the original piece while making it usable again… inspiring stuff!

  • Love this idea! You can still find similar pieces down here in the South pretty reasonably priced. I may have to try it. Great job!

  • Can anyone identify the piece at the beginning of this post? I have a credenza of the exact same design but can’t identify the manufacturer. Thank you!

    • Look up brutalist furniture. I have the full China cabinet and it is a massive beast! I love it. Mine is Canadian. Look for Tabago Furniture if yours is also. You could also look for Brasilia.