When giving an old piece of furniture a fresh coat of paint, it’s fitting to distress it a bit, so the new paint feels natural on the vintage or antique piece. The look can be subtle or dramatic, depending on the techniques and paints used. Flat, matte and chalky paints tend to distress better and look more authentic than those with gloss.
With new appliances, and cabinets, this kitchen has the rustic modern feel the Altermans were looking for. With all the extra cabinet space, much of the old clutter is gone, and it has a new clean, modern look.
Outdoor Space with White Furniture and Sliding Glass Door
If you can't afford a new farmhouse-style table, the same look can be achieved by mixing salvaged pieces to create your own table. Find an old tabletop, then add old or new spindle legs. If you paint the table and other outdoor furniture all white, it creates a modern and sleek look, says Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson, architect and designer with Terracotta Design Build in Atlanta.
For a personal, time-touched look, consider repurposing an existing furniture piece instead of installing a new vanity. In this space, designer Lindsey Lang used a deft hand when mixing old and new elements. “I used a reclaimed piece as a vanity and an antique market basket for storage. These older elements pair beautifully with the modern tiles.”