Furniture makeovers are another creative process that I enjoy, involving painting or re-painting pieces of furniture in all sorts of ways from intricate hand-painted designs to distressing or stencilling. Any types of furniture from small table lamps to larger cabinets can be given a new lease of life.
One approach is to redecorate the piece around a theme. For example, after stripping away the previous paint and varnish, I can then repaint them with decorative images. These images can either be created by the use of stencils or painted straight on by hand. These can include many small symbols fitting into an overall theme along with the main decoration and colour scheme. An example of this is the games table shown on the left with the chessboard on the table top and the small suit images from a pack of cards on the side.
Another approach is to give a piece of furniture a distressed look. This is done by painting an undercoat and top coat of two different coloured paints. Then particular areas of the piece are carefully sanded, removing colour of the top coat revealing the under coat beneath. This gives the piece a naturally worn, distressed look.
You can see more examples in my furniture makeovers gallery.