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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A little bit of lime

I'm loving the look lately of limed furniture. I don't think it's something I would have been wowed over a year ago, but I feel like these days I can really appreciate the need for mixing colors and textures when it comes to furniture finishes. As much as I love a good lacquered table, sometimes you really need some organic wood texture to bring a certain softness to a room. Some examples:

I think limed stuff got a bad rap in the 90's when it connoted shabby chic...but these days it's anything but shabby. The tan color is most ubiquitous, but these days, limed furniture with a grey undertone is also very popular. 

I've been drooling over this Worlds Away chest for months. They make a lot of furniture in limed oak finish.

I kind of love how the ever-popular chippendale chair gets an unexpected twist with a limed finish. Chair by Bungalow 5

There's no shortage of limed items on 1st Dibs, like this gorgeous chest.
And Wisteria also has quite a few items with a more natural limed finish.

What do you think about limed furniture? I'm actually learning to apply this finish myself to a chest for my entryway...I've seen quite a few tutorials online (like this one from This Old House) and it doesn't look that hard. Does anyone have any experience with liming furniture? I'm all ears! 


Tonia said...

I like. I actually have a limed dresser I thrifted from the Salvation Army. I've thought about painting it but it's in such great shape. I decided to leave it. It's amazing how great mines think alike.

Barbara@HausDesign said...

I am warming to it also! I think, for me, it's because it works so well with Belgian designs - quiet elegance. I would love to hear more about techniques if some of your readers know - I'd like to try it out as a DIY if it is possible!

Lowcountry Spoiled said...

Love the photos and inspiration! Do you know where I can find "instructions" on how to hang photos like that on a wall. I've saved so many but a little worried to just go for it!

Eclectic Etcetera said...

LOVE the limed furniture! I'll follow the link to the DIY... Thanks for sharing!

chezjolly said...

Wow, inspirational! Love your blog!
-Jessica & Holly

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