Thursday, August 6, 2009

Using Vintage Painted Cupboards in Children's Rooms

Most people think of soft pastels or white painted furniture for a baby's nursery or child's room. But look how much fun you can have when you paint vintage cupboards in unexpected colors. The first photo is the base of a cabinet painted in Jade green and red. Toys are stored in the deep shelves and can be displayed on top as well. This cabinet is not only charming and practical but so affordable.

In the second photo, an old corner cupboard gets an entirely different look when it it painted black on the outside and cream on the inside and accessorized with red vintage toys and dolls..
Who would ever think to use a black and cream cabinet in a child's room? But as you can see this painted cabinet is really quite lovely.

The third photo shows how great a child's rocking chair looks when it is painted red and a vintage cloth doll is added.

These colorful painted re-purposed furnishings are warm and cozy additions for a vintage baby or child theme.

It is really easy to find older cupboards that are quite inexpensive. Try used furniture stores, thrift shops, flea markets etc. The trick is to imagine what you find painted in funky colors as shown in these photos. When you discover the piece of furniture that you like, visit your nearby paint store to learn how to prime and re-paint what you have.

If you are not the creative type, look for stores that specialize in vintage cottage furniture and see if someone will do the painting for you.

Photos courtesy of The Bleu Willow, Simsbury, CT.

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.

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