Every once in a while I wonder to myself ‘is painted furniture going out of style? and if so, what will I do?’ and then I feel a little panicky.
First of all, our whole house is full of painted furniture …
I certainly can’t replace it all. Or at least not all at once. And would I even want to?
I still really love my own pieces of painted furniture whether they are ‘in style’ or not.
But the bigger question is ‘what about my hobby?’ I call it a hobby because I haven’t come up with a better word to describe what I do here.
/ˈhɑːbi/ (plural hobbies) an activity that you do for pleasure when you are not working.
‘Hobby’ doesn’t really quite do it justice, but based on the Oxford Dictionary definition, it does fit.
Hobbies have come and gone from my life over the years. One of the first hobbies I took up after we bought our house way, way back in 1988, was making stained glass windows. I wasn’t going to be satisfied with just making those little doo-dads that you hang inside a regular window, I wanted to make full blown windows. But you have to start somewhere, and I did start with making those suncatcher type things. And after I had developed some still very rudimentary skills, I made the window that is in our piano room.
But I eventually grew bored with that hobby and I moved on to cross stitch. Who else remembers the hey day of cross stitch? I even belonged to a club, the Stitch and Bitch club. We spent weekends at a friend’s cabin listening to the oldies station and stitching and bitching away.
But cross stitch went out of style and I replaced it with scrapbooking.
I loved scrapbooking. But after years of doing it, I have 30 or so scrapbooks in the guestroom closet that I rarely ever look at. And really, scrapbooking has gone out of style too, although on occasion I still enjoy creating scrapbook alternatives like the index cards …
Painting furniture and otherwise refurbishing vintage finds has really stuck with me though. I started this particular hobby way back in the 90’s when the shabby chic movement was all the rage.
Back in the day I painted everything in the Rachel Ashwell palette of white, pink, pale green or pale aqua. And I did all of that lettering by hand! Isn’t that crazy?
Eventually I moved on and added more saturated colors into my work, like Miss Mustard Seeds’ Kitchen Scale.
Sometimes I cringe now when I look back at some of the pieces I painted in the early days of my blog though.
I mean really? What was I thinking painting those trim pieces white? I want to go back and paint them in the same color as the rest of the dresser so that they blend rather than pop now. And by the way, that is Miss Mustard Seed milk paint in Artissimo on that one.
But even though I’m cringing when I look back at some of my earlier work, what I’m also realizing is that my style has definitely evolved over the past 25 years.
Ahhh, so much better without that contrasting trim, don’t you think?
And stencils are so much better than my old hand painted lettering.
Yes, these pieces are still painted, but they are painted in a more current style than those shabby chic pieces from two decades ago.
And I’ve gradually leaned towards leaving more things unpainted, like knobs, and tops …
or even an entire chair …
So in the end, maybe it doesn’t really matter whether or not painted furniture is going ‘out of style.’ We can all just continue to grow and let our styles evolve naturally over time. That’s my plan anyway. How about you?