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Happy Hour : Grab a Paintbrush

If you're like me, you're exhausted this weekend. I'm rerunning this Happy Hour in hopes of bolstering enthusiasm for trying a paint project around the house. I have a little wooden chair that needs an update. I'll let you know how it turns out, if I can get myself off the sofa.

Every been in a restaurant when it turns "Happy Hour?" You notice the mood instantly changes as everyone is ready for fun. Whenever I'm having a Bad Hair Day, my cure is always a personal Happy Hour. Of course, I'm hopeless addicted to interiors; so for me, this hour is all about decorating. In this series, we'll look at some quick and happy mood changers for our very own Happy Hour. Each should take about an hour - a mere 60 minutes - to perk up our minds and our rooms. Let's get the party started.

Hot pink might not be for everyone, but don't you love what happened to this old secretary desk? Maybe a Happy Hour is best spent with a can of leftover paint as coloring a piece of furniture might be the happiest way to recharge a room. Let's look at some examples of fun, sophisticated and thoughtfully painted furniture. Even if hot pink isn't our thing, these ideas -in any hue- are ripe for the picking.

Best bamboo table transformation ever.

Old kitchen chairs suddenly look modern.

Wicker chest painted a dark green.

Settee in black chalk paint.

A daring chest - goldleaf and randomly placed drawer pulls.

Wicker chairs in flat stone grey.


Cohesive table, chairs and buffet all in a matte dark charcoal.

Flat black and a bit of distress revamps an old dresser.

Just for fun, let's look at some stunning before and after photos.

Kitchen table freshened.

OK, this would take more than one Happy Hour but just look at the results.


Coffee table might be even better in a muted chalk paint.

A 1970's bureau headed for a bedroom or dining room.

Some original wood remains.

For my Happy Hour, a spray can of white primer freshened up this small table (Alameda flea market) in our sunroom. A black tray holds a collection of yellow objects and his/her binoculars as these chairs look out onto our regional park. Whatever you paint during your Happy Hour, a smile is sure to come your way.

View from our sunroom and why the binoculars are handy. "Our" hill greens up every winter.

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Now in the spring of 2021, from Portland, OR. Ruthann's beloved chest was ready for a makeover.

Beautiful base color.

And glazed - all done!

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