Custom Colors on Furniture

Furniture Design Ideas featuring custom color mixes from our customers.

This eight drawer dresser has been painted in a custom mix of General Finishes Coastal Blue, Sunglow Yellow with a touch of a true turqouise to make this gorgeous blue - very similar to Magnolia Home's Weekend Blue. Original hardware.

I loved the lines of this petite china cabinet but almost didn’t buy it. It was missing a glass panel and shelves and had a couple other things wrong with it. But my friend made me a good deal and challenged me to “make something cool”. Never one to shy away from a challenge, I loaded it in my car. It lingered in my studio for a long time before I knew what to do with it. Taking my cue from the architecture of the piece I decided an Indian inlay look was the way to go. Playing off the...

"Another stunning custom piece. This one a Drexel from our inventory. The client had a vision of modern meets classic and I think this is it. We used General Finishes Driftwood and a custom mix of Seagull Gray and Snow White to create this master piece. Most of what we do is custom painting. We love working with our clients to turn furniture into works of art. If you are looking for that one of a kind statement piece, message us for details on how we can help." - The Charming Home    

First I removed all the wax and dirt with a good scrub of wash up liquid and water, and then cleaned with methylated spirits and water until all the wax was removed, then sanded smooth.

I primed the piece with shellac bin primer, then 3 coats of custom grey linen:lamp black 5:1, on the body and I then added a coat of the hptc and champagne pearl effects mix, 50:50. The drawer fronts were painted in linen 

I used efex and resin mouldings, both painted in the grey and pearl...

"We added a bit of Lamp Black to this new color from General Finishes - Blue Moon and it is so perfect for this buffet!! How amazing is the custom stencil that was added to the top drawer?" 

Custom Mix of Persian Blue + Lamp Black

"We absolutely adore this versatile MCM dresser/server! This piece was finished with a custom mix of General Finishes Driftwood and Snow White Milk Paint. The legs and drawers were sanded and satined to show their natural wood grain." - Bel Harbor Design Co    

Brick Red + Snow White

Custom Green of Emerald + Linen + Dark Chocolate

Antique Walnut Top and High Performance in Flat

Custom Mix of GF Coastal Blue + Emerald Green, accented with Pitch Black Glaze Effects

"I'm in love with this rare IMMACULATE vintage Lane cedar chest! The cedar smells amazing and this special chest is actually fully solid cedar (no veneers.) I custom mixed this beautiful blue-gray shade with General Finishes Persian Blue and Lamp Black Milk Paints. And how cute are those scrolled feet, complete with original wooden casters? The cedar top was sanded back and stained in Minwax Driftwood and General Finishes Arm-R-Seal for protection. Distressed, wax finish." - GarageMama...

This antique, solid wood dresser was hand painted in a custom gray made from General Finishes milk paints using a blend of Linen and Driftwood with Pitch Black glaze effects over all those details and crevices. The piece is sealed with multiple layers of High Prformance Top Coat in satin for extra protection. Silver leaf gilding wax adds the final bit of sparkle to give this beauty all the drama it deserves. 

One of my favourite places for second hand hunting is the Old Fire Station. It's run by two hilarious guys, full of fabulous stories about their house clearance adventures. The whole place is filled with gorgeous goodies, mostly older antiques that wouldn't look out of place in a country manor house, but they often have little bits and bobs and I reckon they enjoy me and my mum popping in. We generally buy all the old tat - garden rakes, old posters, broken chairs. More often than not they...

"This pair of end tables were refinished for my sweet friend! We used a custom mix of General Finishes Perfect Gray and Antique White, and then distressed all the edges to tie them into her home decor. I used my HomeRight Finish Max sprayer for a beautifully smooth finish!" - Designs by Birdie

Beautiful custom mix of General Finishes Queenstown Gray and Lamp Black Milk Paint by Why Not Redesign.

This fantastic vanity received a custom-mixed coat of deep blue-green, created by mixing General Finishes Klein Blue with Emerald Milk Paint. To add depth and tone down the color, a wash of thinned Lamp Black was brushed on in sections and wiped off, deeping the color and shadowing edges. The painted portions were protected with High Performance Topcoat in satin.  The top and upper drawers of the vanity were sanded down to the raw wood and given a coat of Nutmeg Gel stain then protected with...

This oak chest-of-drawers was brought back to life with a mixture of GF Snow White and Antique White. The handles were orginally rust/iron, but I dry brushed and sanded them with GF Lamp Black to give the piece some character. The whole thing was sealed with GF HPTC, flat. 

This beautiful Thomasville buffet did not sell in its original dated condition. The brass hardware was removed from the back and the top stripped and sanded down to remove all scratches and rings. The top was stained expresso and the body was painted in a rich custom mixed bright turqouise. It was then glazed with GF pitch black glaze and crumpled bags were used to get the faux effect. The entire piece was topcoated with GF High Performance Topcoat in flat. The result is an updated buffet/...

"These oversized nightstands were quickly snatched up out of my inventory for custom order and now they are ready to head home! They are painted in a gorgeous midnight blue - a custom mix of General Finishes Coastal Blue and Lamp Black Milk Paint. A light accent using Pitch Black Glaze and a little extra gold wax on the hardware finished off their elegant makeover." - Kristin's Krazy Garage, LLC

Custom Mix of equal parts Driftwood+Basil 

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"It’s fun to add color, and lately my spray gun has contained white or gray paint so I need to change it up! This mid century modern dresser was refinished using a combination of General Finishes Emerald and Coastal Blue Milk Paint. The rest was stripped and stained in Brown Mahogany. The brass hardware was cleaned up with Barkeepers Friend for a beautiful shiny finish!" - Flipping Unbelievable    
"This is a custom green I created using General Finishes Milk Paint. It is such a great green!! You know me! LOVE me some green!" - Katie & Co. Furniture Restorations    

"I have been wanting to paint something this color for a long time and I knew this was the perfect piece! This solid walnut dresser was painted in a custom blend of General Finishes Coastal Blue, Patina Green and Lamp Black to achieve this dark rich teal. The top was stained in Java and sealed with polyurethane for extra durability. Aged bronze pulls and a very colorful floral fabric liner complete this transformation." - Nap Time Creations

"This beautiful piece went home today, and I couldn’t be more excited with how it turned out. It was a family heirloom; I’m so grateful for the opportunity to give it a new look. I stripped the veneer from the top and stained it with General Finishes “Nutmeg” Gel Stain with a number of layers of High Performance Topcoat in semi gloss for a nice shine! The body was painted in a custom mix of General Finishes Milk Paint in “Driftwood” and “Lamp Black” for the perfect dark gray. The glass knobs...

"Look at all that blue yumminess! This big dresser was beautiful knotty pine to begin with but I thought it could use a little facelift. It’s been painted with a custom blue using General Finishes Snow White, Antique White, Coastal Blue and Federal Blue. Federal Blue is a discontinued color, that I absolutely love, but I happened to find some several months ago and have been squirreling it away. Silly right? I decided it was time to break it open! The wash is Antique White and I custom mixed...

Stained shims really added some much needed texture to this boring flat front dresser.  A mixture of General Finishes Queenstown and Lamp Black with High performance flat topcoat. Shims stained in Antique walnut.

COLOR RECIPE

  • 1 part Queenstown
  • 1 part Lamp Black

Dresser/Nightstand combo painted in a custom mix of Antique White and Snow White milkpaint.  Dresser drawer fronts were stained in a grey penetrating stain, then accented with Van Dyke and Winter White glaze effects and a kiss of black wax.  

COLOR RECIPE

  • 5 parts GF Snow White
  • 1 part GF Antique white

Any French Provincial piece is stunning on it's own but adding paints and glazes can bring out its curves and details!  After looking at this piece for sometime as it took up the majority of space in our dining room I finally decided on breaking out of the norm of the white distressed base with a stained top and went for blends and washes of different grays. Everyone in the house was happy that a decision was finially made and I was no longer second guessing my decision!

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The french countryside came calling when this piece was transformed from a china hutch to a french-infused multi-purpose etagere. Using a 50/50 mix of GF Chalk White and GF Chapin Gray on the body, with the detailing done in GF Chalk White and Modern Masters metallic paint bringing life and vibrance to the carved florals, the colors in this piece are reminiscent of traditional country french furniture of old. This piece is now enjoying new life!

COLOR RECIPE

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"I'm a sucker for the curves of French Provincial pieces. This lady was painted for a client using a custom mix of General Finishes Milk Paint in Driftwood and Linen using a 2:1 ratio. The body was glazed with GF Pitch Black Glaze Effects for a streaky finish. The top was darkened by adding some Lamp Black to the paint mix and then streaked with the glaze. The entire piece is sealed with High Performance Topcoat for a satin finish. Last but not least the pulls were freshened up in silver...

"This gorgeous antique solid wood desk has been given a total makeover! The body is hand painted in a custom grey using a mix of General Finishes Seagull Gray, Queenstown Gray, and their Slate Gray Chalk Style Paint. It is sealed with Annie Sloan clear wax on the body for a great sheen, and the top received multiple layers of GF High Performance Topcoat for extra durability. The dovetail drawers were stripped, sanded and stained in a mix of Gray and Antique Walnut Gel Stain, then whitewashed...

"We thought we would bring you this bright and cheery piece!! This beautiful Bassett dresser is painted in a custom mix of General Finishes Patina Green and Snow White Milk Paints. Tell us what you think of us doing some brighter colors for spring!" - Belle Maison

"This AMAZING mid-century solid wood antique end table set is ready for a new home! The body has been hand painted using a custom mix of General Finishes Midnight Blue Chalk Style Paint and Patina Green Milk Paint. It is sealed with Annie Sloan clear and dark wax for shading and has silver leaf gilding wax to showcase the beautiful trim details. The top was stripped, sanded, and stained in GF Java Gel Stain and sealed with their Gel Topcoat for a durable satin finish. Mersman furniture pieces...
"Pretty in Pink! Dress up your little ones room with these unique nightstands painted in a mix of General Finishes Antique White with a dash of Brick Red for that perfect pink color." - Vintage Actually Decor

This beautiful dresser was painted with several products from ...

"How sweet is this chest! I love nursery pieces! This piece was brought to us by a client and refinished in a custom mix of General Finishes Tuscan Red and Snow White. I can’t wait to see the room all finished up!" - Painted Paradise, by Duke Interiors and Restoration    
This Jacobean vanity has been painted in a mix of Coral Crush and Snow White. The details were painted with Seagull Gray and Argentine Pearl Effects and then completely glazed with Winter White Glaze Effects.    
"✨It’s official. I’m OBSESSED with gold leaf!! ✨ This unique sideboard has been updated in a custom mix of General Finishes Milk Paint in Emerald & Lamp Black, then glazed with Pitch Black. But the real showstopper is the Makers’ Studio gold leafing!! It takes a sweeping path across the piece then ends with a few sparkles on the foot. The gorgeous deep green is perfect for seasonal decorating & also super on trend for 2019! Wouldn’t it be perfect in your home this holiday?!?" -...
"This piece has been in my entry foyer for years but it has gotten dinged up and chipped and I was tired of the dark color so I decided it was time for a change! I mixed a custom color using General Finishes Chalk Style Paints in equal parts of Bayberry Green and Empire Gray to create this soft farmhouse color. I also blended a little Bone White to add subtle highlights and some Dark Chocolate Milk Paint for the shaded areas. The top was done in a base of Empire Gray and a few washes of the...
Stunning vanity refinished in a 50/50 mix of GF Antique White and Snow White Milk Paint, Antique Walnut Gel Stain along with three coats of High Performance Topcoat by Jubilee Vintique.    
Stunning distressed set in a custom mix of GF Lamp Black and Queenstown Gray Milk Paint by 3rd&5th Furniture Co.    
"This makeover was created using a custom mixture of General Finishes milk paints. I mixed Coastal Blue, Klein Blue, Patina Green, Emerald, Lamp Black and Snow White. I also used Metallic Teal to glaze the entire piece and accented all the distressed areas with Metallic Champagne. The top was stained with two coats of each Ebony and Special Walnut and then sealed with a custom toner and poly. I added new champagne scalloped hardware to complete this mermaid inspired look." - Lilly's Home...
"Loving this combination of General Finishes Queenstown and a custom blend of Millstone with Queenstown. This two-toned detailing took forever but it was so worth it!" - Boxwood & Brass      
"What do you think - because I LOVE this piece! This amazing console cabinet is definitely easy on the eyes and has SO much storage. Some maybe find this color combo simple but I think it’s one of my favorites - classic, clean, and handsome! The base and inside of the super roomy cabinets are painted in a custom gray mix of General Finishes Queenstown Gray and Driftwood Milk Paint and I stripped and re-stained the top using Java Gel stain. All sealed and protected - but of course. The hardware...
"Originally made in Camden N.J. by J.B. Vansciver Co., this stunning buffet features original hardware, bowed drawers and contoured doors of the classic serpentine styling. It’s beautiful colour (a custom mix of GF Persimmon and Coral Crush Milk Paint) is sure to be a focal point in your home year round. It really is the perfect colour whether it’s spring, summer or fall and will definitely chase away those winter blues in the dead of winter. The drawers are also lined in a beautiful floral...
"This vintage Henry Link dresser needed some major love but right away I could see the potential. My friend had asked me to be on the lookout for a curvy dresser for her daughter and I knew this one would be perfect! I was given one directive, she wanted it light blue with no hue of green and was given free reign on the rest! I set out to create the perfect light blue using General Finishes Snow White as my base and added just a touch of Coastal Blue. The hardware on this dresser was long...
"This solid maple dresser has been hand painted in a custom blend of General Finishes Snow White and Brick Red to create this beautiful blush pink. The hardware is stunning and make this piece a show stopper! The gorgeous frosted glass knobs are from Anthropologie and perfectly compliment these beautiful brushed gold rose pulls from D. Lawless Hardware" - Nap Time Creations      
Fun "Flamingo" custom color of 2 parts Coral Crush + 1 part Persimmon by Teresa of The Chalk Chick.    
"I am so pleased with the way this China cabinet turned out. This piece was in such rough shape when we got it! It has to be one of the best before and after pieces we have done! This one was painted with a custom mix of General Finishes Midnight Blue and Limestone Chalk Style Paints on the outside and Limestone on the inside. It was then glazed with Limestone and Midnight Blue to add a bit of dimension. This piece will add a bit of farm house charm to any room in the house!" - Painted Paradise...

This Thomasville 3 drawer chest is a perfect example of how you can save a well constructed piece of furniture from the trash pile by updating it with a bit of paint.
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The color is equal parts Driftwood and Millstone.