Hello beautiful friends! Today, I’ve got 10 black painted furniture ideas to share with you! Y’all know how much I adore all things white, but I love the stark contrast of a beautifully painted piece of black furniture almost equally as well!
I’ve rifled through my archives to bring you these 10 beauties!
Well, they’re not beauties quite yet, but they will be!! Most of these were painted in Dixie Belle’s Caviar and sealed with Clear Coat in Satin. I’ve included links to each makeover at the end of each one if you want to see even more details! Enjoy!
Black Painted Furniture Ideas
Up first is this secretary desk I picked up for $34 at the thrift store:
Dixie Belle’s Caviar and a fun stencil to the rescue!
Of course, the insides got a redo too!
And a peek at the cute drawer…
I really had fun reimagining this one! My MIL ended up buying it the day after I dropped it off at my booth!
Secretary Desk Makeover
At the number two spot is this lone chair I picked up at a yard sale for $10:
It was plain and simple, but I always consider chairs when I see them since I often need them as mates to desks, etc.
Caviar and stencils also rescued this cutie:
I love the contrast of the white against the black, so I like to embellish black painted pieces this way…
$10 Yard Sale Chair Makeover
Up next is another chair makeover:
But also, a table makeover as well:
I found the chair for $15 and the table for $28, both at thrift stores. I had redone the table first which you can see HERE, but it sat in my booth for over a year, so I brought it home and gave it a second makeover, mating it with this chair:
As you can see I removed the heavy sides of the table. (I linked to what I did with those leaves that I removed at the end!!)
I decided to add a transfer to the top:
Windsor Chair Makeover (& Take Two on a Drop Leaf Table!)
At number four is another fun one I really enjoyed working on, this neglected oak night table I paid $12 for:
It was pretty nasty to begin with, but I got it all cleaned up and made it feel loved again!
It’s partly white, but the black on it really makes it! And look how cute those drawers are now!!
Giving a little love to the drawers is a fantastic way to really customize a piece!
And y’all loved the knobs on this one:
$12 Oak Night Table Makeover
This next one is one of my all-time favorite black makeovers that I’ve done. I was gifted this dresser by a lovely lady who had several pieces she could no longer store that had been in her family for years:
I felt blessed to be able to bring several of her pieces back to life. Here is how this one turned out:
What a stunner!
The drawers got some love as well, of course!
Antique Serpentine Dresser Makeover
After painting that gorgeous dresser, I challenged myself to bring similar sophistication and elegance to this much more simple, unfinished cabinet:
I don’t think I did too badly!
Simple, but sophisticated.
The small drawers got the stripe treatment too…
Unfinished Wood Cabinet Makeover
This next one is another favorite, probably because it started out in such disrepair:
A lot of TLC and Caviar worked miracles here too!
Okay, and some pretty staging doesn’t hurt!
The mirror, basket, wire basket, small dish, and pitcher are all thrift store finds!
Antique Night Table Makeover
At number eight is this pretty dressing table I picked up and redid many many years ago:
I found it at an estate sale for only $20.
It lived in our bedroom for years, but when we moved a few years ago there was no room for it, so I refreshed it to put in my booth:
This one got some stripe action on the sides. Stripes are the easiest way to add a little whimsy to a piece of furniture:
French Provincial Dressing Table Redo
I was drawn to this next piece as soon as I spied it at the thrift store. I paid $35 for it:
I chose black for this one probably because of all the red tones in it.
The original plan was a big FAIL! However, I regrouped and came up with plan B:
Again, the white against the black is one of my favorite looks!
Drop Leaf Side Table Makeover
And finally, this awkwardly tall hutch that I shared recently rounds out this group. It was free-to-me as payment for painting this secretary for my sister’s MIL:
The majority of these black painted furniture pieces were painted in Caviar and top-coated with Satin Clear Coat. This one, however, was painted in Dixie Belle’s Silk in the color Anchor:
She never knew she could be so elegant!
Farmhouse Hutch Makeover
I shared a 30 second video reel on the making of this one on Instagram if you missed it:
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Be sure to follow me on Instagram, so you don’t miss extras like this!
And how about a bonus makeover?? This one isn’t furniture, but a black painted beauty none the less!
This flatware box was a $5 thrift store find:
It’s a long way from where it started!
This one got a look to match the secretary desk I shared first:
$5 Thrift Store Flatware Box Makeover
And that’s 10 Black painted furniture ideas!
Do you have a favorite?? Although I’m taking a short break from creating to get Jack ready to go back to college, I’m still checking in, so I’d love to hear from you!
OH! Want to see what I did with those extra leaves I removed from this drop leaf table??
I got TWO projects out of them! See them both at the links below:
Thrift Store Drawer and Drop Leaf Upcycle
If you enjoyed this round up, I’ll be back on Thursday with 21 white painted furniture ideas!
UPDATE: You can see them all HERE now!! ENJOY!
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Mary Kaiser says
Wow, they all turned out to be so beautiful! I am like you, love the white, but when I see you do some of these pieces in black they melt my heart! So many of them say white, but you sure can read the pieces so well that you know when to use black!
Aww thank you, Mary! Although I don’t have any black pieces in my own home…like you, some of these pieces make me want to reconsider!! Always elegant. Have a fantastic day, my friend! XOXO
Christy, I love so many of these but the secretary is my favorite. I love those delicate legs and the whole thing in black. Sweet!!
Have a great time getting Jack ready for college!!
Thank you, Christina! I do love that one also…the fabric I used with it is one of my favorites! Enjoy your day! XOXO
Catherine ten Hertog says
Your painted furniture pieces are always wonderful. I so enjoy seeing them. Thankyou for putting this together in a post. Cheers!
Thank you, Catherine! I’m so happy you enjoy them! XOXO
Laura Lane says
All of your black furniture are all of my favorites!!! I LOVE black and white together and gold accents. Great job!!
Thank you, Laura!! Some of these are my favorites also!! XOXO
Cheryl Atkinson says
Hi Christy! I love them all but the hutch and the silverware box are my favorite. I don’t know that I ever told you but the very first piece I painted was a copy of your #4. I kept it for myself.
Good morning, Cheryl! I love that you were inspired to recreate one for yourself! And no worries…I edited for you ha ha! Have a great day, my friend! XOXO
Janice Holt says
They are all so pretty but still think the dresser is my favorite. Hope you got Jack back to school without a hitch. Have a good week.
Thank you, Janice! I think that dresser might be my favorite makeover of all time! And I appreciate that…we are working on packing today! XOXO
Laura Lane says
Did you keep any of them? A few of them I don’t think I could part with. lol
Hi Laura!! I didn’t keep any, but I was SO tempted with a few!! It’s always hard to say goodbye to the good ones! XOXO
White is always nice but, if I’m honest, I like the black pieces a lot. My favorite 3 are the big hutch, the little bathroom cabinet and the secretary. Now that we are inching ever closer to fall, It’ll be nice to see what you have planned for future pieces.
Oh yes, those are good ones! I think black can make just about anything look elegant! XOXO
I love every makeover! Could you please tell me where you get the pretty papers that you use in the drawers? I have been unable to find anything in my area. Is there an online source? Thank you
Thanks so much, Debbie! I use fabric to line the drawers instead of paper in most of my makeovers. You can cut it as large as you need, and the weave and the fabric allows air to escape, unlike paper where air bubbles can become trapped. Plus, there are so many choices! XOXO
I live the shelf you made from the drop leaf! I find corbels that have homes for curtain rods all the time! Any ideas how to use them? Annette
Thank you, Annette! I actually kept that shelf! I just loved it so much! I wonder if you could find small wooden appliqués that could be glued over the holes? Good luck! XOXO
Cecilia from Georgia says
I love the desk with Queen Ann legs and fancy pulls the best. They are all wonderful with each one having a different look. I want to paint a small table black so I’ll be reading your posts closely and hopefully have something I can be proud of. Given my history with black and navy, I can only keep on trying until I succeed!
Thank you, Cecilia! I love that piece as well. Luckily, my mother-in-law bought it so I can visit it anytime I want! Another option for sealing the darker pieces is hemp oil. A lot of the retailers in our Facebook group really love it for the darker pieces. I haven’t tried it, but might be an option? XOXO
Loving the black! I am never brave enough to give it a try, but I do like it. You may have just inspired me to try this for our home! 🙂
Thank you, Cara! They say every home needs a touch of black. We have black countertops, so that’s about all the black we have, but I do love how striking a piece can look in black! Have a great day! XOXO
So many beautiful pieces. I love all of them they are so elegant. Nice to see something other than. White which I am guilty of over using.
Thank you, Donna! I too am guilty of sticking to white, but if that is what we love, that is totally ok! These darker pieces are nice for a change for sure though! XOXO
Sue Mellette says
Thanks for sharing the 10 Black makeovers! I enjoyed reading and seeing the before and after pics. They all ended up stunning and the black paint really made some of the details of the furniture. I love the transfers you used, the fabric and the painted stripes on several of the pieces do add the whimsy as you mentioned! I would have a tough time choosing my favorite, but if I had to pick, I would choose the farmhouse hutch makeover! To me the makeover completely transformed the hutch from ho-hum to oh WOW! Thanks for sharing these beautiful pieces again. Have a great week.
I’m so glad you enjoyed them, Sue! Thank you! My favorites are always the ones that made the biggest transformation too! Have a fantastic day! XOXO
Bev Higginbotham says
Thank you for sharing the 10 Black Makeover projects. Your work is absolutely beautiful!! All the little details inside the drawers are so creative. I have to say, my favorite (and it was hard to choose) is the little serpentine dresser that was gifted to you, both for the story of the dresser and how you chose to restore it with love. That piece really spoke to me because I have a similar little dresser and you have inspired me to use Caviar on it. Most of the pieces I have done are in white, but I love the contrast and Somewhere in France is one of my favorite transfers. I think I’ll name the piece after you!! Thanks for sharing your lovely pieces!!
I am so glad you enjoyed that roundup, Bev! That dresser is one of my all time favorite makeovers! I too tend to lean towards white, but black is just so elegant! Thank you so much! Enjoy transforming yours! XOXO
I’m curious about the transfers and/or stencils you use for the lettering on the pieces. It makes them so beautiful and interesting! Do you have a source for those, or do you make your own?
Thank you, Barb! I do have a few transfers and stencils in my Etsy Shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheSerialDIYer I find most of my transfers, however, from other sellers on Etsy. If you just search “prima transfers Etsy”, you’ll see lots of sellers that have them there. I have also found some on Amazon. I find my stencils from this Etsy seller: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtisticStencils and I also like thestencilsmith.com. I do also occasionally custom make stencils using my Silhouette machine. I hope this helps! XOXO