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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Anyone had furniture painted before?

Looking for some reader advice- I have recently come across a STEAL of a campaign chest and am thinking of having it professionally painted by an auto body shop (may sound silly if you've never heard of this before, but many auto shops will paint furniture for you and it comes out with a perfect, glossy finish, much better than I could possibly do myself).

The shop won't give me a quote over the phone, so before I hassle with bringing it to the shop, does anyone have a ballpark figure of what this costs? Anyone out there had this done before? I'd love to hear from you! Obviously I know the cost will differ depending on the piece being painted and the geographic area, but I'm trying to get an approximation so when they quote me a price, I'll have some frame of reference. Are we looking at $100? $200? Less? More? I have NO clue.

My inspiration.
Picture1-1.png vanessa campaign image by jkomenda

While I would love to say I am as talented as Jenny at Little Green Notebook in the campaign furniture painting department, I have neither the time, the space, nor the patience to undertake such a large task! Any thoughts are much appreciated.


rebecca said...

I'm going to guess it's on the side of not cheap, only because a million years ago, there was something in Martha Stewart about lab cabinets as kitchen cabinets, and I recall the mag suggesting auto body shops as a source for painting. No offense, MSL, but often you don't have the least expensive solution.

That said, if you could take out a drawer and bring dimensions and a photo, maybe it would save you a trip if they demand seeing it in person. Good luck! What color are you thinking?

Starfish and Sundresses said...

If you're in the market for more campaign style furniture I just came across this great set on Craigslist D.C. Only $49 for both pieces!!! If only I had space!

Pia said...

Try Russell & Mackenna in Annapolis. They specialize in painted furniture and at one point had a second company for painting used furniture.

Anonymous said...

Try Russell & Mackenna in Annapolis. They have a second company that repaints used furniture.

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