Design Trends: Paint-Dipped Furniture

I have been noticing paint-dipped furniture and decor in catalogs and design magazines for a while now, and the trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down.  Perhaps the main appeal of paint-dipped furniture (also called dip-dye furniture) is that you can easily do it yourself and the possibilities are endless.  Whether your piece of furniture is a brand new unfinished dresser from Ikea or an old chair gathering dust in your garage, you can add personalized color and pizzazz suited exactly to your style and color scheme.  There are literally thousands of colors to choose from with one quick visit to your local hardware store.  Of course, not everyone has time or energy for DIY projects.  Luckily, many major retailers have caught on to this trend and are offering paint-dipped items at reasonable prices.  Here are a few images for inspiration:

Photo Credit: bhg.com
Photo Credit: bhg.com
Photo Credit: The Inspired Room
Photo Credit: The Inspired Room
Photo Credit: House & Home Magazine
Photo Credit: House & Home Magazine
Photo Credit: Serena & Lily
Photo Credit: Serena & Lily
Photo Credit: Little Bit Funky
Photo Credit: Little Bit Funky
Photo Credit: CB2
Photo Credit: CB2
Photo Credit: Anthropologie
Photo Credit: Anthropologie
Photo Credit: Um Project
Photo Credit: Um Project
Photo Credit: Anthropologie
Photo Credit: Anthropologie

If these images have enticed you, don’t be afraid to try out this technique at home.

For furniture:

1) Simply select your item to be painted.

2) Sand it down to remove existing color or finish and to ensure that new paint adheres smoothly.

3) Mark the line where you want color to start (or stop) by wrapping it with painters tape (also found at your local hardware store).  For added protection and a clean line, put a plastic bag or other such item over the rest of the furniture and tape the edges so that it won’t accidentally get splashed with color.

4) Paint it!  For best results, use one coat of primer and two coats of your selected color.

Don’t be afraid to try out bold colors.  After all, you can always paint over it again if you don’t like the result!  Or if you are wary of starting out with an actual piece of furniture, try painting small objects like wooden spoons (shown above), old glass jars (which can be used as votive candle holders or vases), plant pots, or a wicker basket.  For more inspiration images, check out my pinterest board as I continue to track this design trend:

References for retail items:

Submergent Ladder from Anthropologie, $448, http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-furniture/24805608.jsp

Dip-Dyed Stools from Serena & Lily, $58-$68, http://www.serenaandlily.com/Furnishings/Furniture-Poufs-Stools-Dip-Dyed-Stools

Discus Aqua Side Table from CB2, $79.95, http://www.cb2.com/discus-aqua-side-table/s130958

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