• I’m seeing a fair amount of made-over furniture with paint effects that, to me, feels like the evolution of the dip-dye trend. It’s a look that’s much more graphic and dramatic than dip-dye, which typically hovers at the ratio of 1 to 3 when it comes to coverage. This trend takes the ‘go big or go home’ approach and covers up half, or slightly more than half, of the piece of furniture or design object. It’s bold, to be sure, but I really like it. It’s very effective in modernising junk shop and flea market paintings. The great part is the painting doesn’t even have to be particularly good but, when given the half-half makeover, becomes a really modern design statement. The same applies to furniture.

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    This amazing painting is by Oliver Jeffers (the children’s book author)
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    In the case of this chair with its peeling, weathered paint, I love the solidity of the white which serves to highlight the aged patina. (Side Note: Patina is one of those words that always makes me chortle)
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    This table is the reverse of the dip-dye effect where the paint coverage takes the lead and the natural wood grain takes a supporting role.
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    If you’re brave enough, you could give the trend a go using a proper antique or heirloom piece of furniture that you want to update with some 21st century style.
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    The grainy texture of unfinished wood looks incredible next to a glossy paint finish.
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    So, are you into the half-dressed look? It’s a yes for me.

  • 6 Comments to “Half Dressed”

    1. Kimberley on

      Love this look – really modernises a vintage piece of art or funiture :) Back to the junk shops!

    2. sally on

      This is really very cool. Love it.

    3. Natalie Smith on

      LOVE THIS!!!!!!

    4. Lois Carol Wessels on

      Very unique

    5. iwantthat on

      LOVE this post Mands!! Now i know exactly how i’m going to upcycle Charley’s changing table for the new baby! V xx

    6. Rose on

      Oh man – so glad I go to see this quirky new look coming around. I really LIKE it.

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