Dreamy boho style has been gaining in popularity, inspiring many to create DIY painted furniture and decor in this fun theme. While it might not be as common as traditional, farmhouse, or modern decorating, people who love bohemian style decor appreciate vibrant colors, eclectic patterns, natural elements, and a variety of textures. You can create a truly custom statement piece in this style with creatively painted furniture.
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The Boho Movement
As the trend towards bohemian decorating grows, so does the attraction to thrift stores and upcycling projects. This not only provides a budget-friendly approach to home decor, but also offers a sustainable way to incorporate unique, personalized pieces.
The transformation of a plain piece of furniture into a boho work of art reveals the creativity and personality of the painter, aligning perfectly with the idea of bohemian style. This movement promotes the search for yard sale and thrift store finds, encouraging people to see the potential in the overlooked and the forgotten.
How to Paint Boho Chic Furniture
To begin a DIY boho painted furniture makeover, first gather your supplies. You’ll need one or more paintbrushes depending on your design plan, bold-colored paint specifically designed for furniture (I prefer Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Rustoleum Chalked Paint, or Country Chic Paint), various grits of sandpaper, and then you might want to use a chic boho stencil or peel and stick wallpaper with a bright pattern (and don’t forget the new hardware!).
Begin by cleaning the furniture to remove any dust or residue. Next, lightly sand the surface to ensure the paint adheres well. You might also need to use a primer – learn my best tips for how to properly prep furniture for painting here.
Then apply your paint, choosing a fun (possibly jewel-toned) color that complements your boho style. You may need 2-3 coats for full coverage. Allow the paint to dry completely between coats. Then paint your stencil, or add a textured raised stencil, add wallpaper, decoupage, stripes, or a colorful image transfer. Feel free to mix and match colors and patterns for a truly unique boho furniture makeover.
Finally, adding a topcoat like furniture wax is important to achieving a durable finish. This step seals the paint, enhances the piece’s color depth, and protects it from wear and tear, ensuring your boho furniture makeover lasts. Through careful work, the transformation of secondhand finds into boho chic masterpieces showcases your creativity and breathes new life into old, outdated pieces.
Examples of Boho Painted Furniture
Let’s take a look at some stunning DIY boho painted furniture makeover ideas below. Use these paint tutorials and techniques as inspiration for your own works of art!
Creating a boho look on furniture involves more than transforming an old piece into something new. It’s a special process that takes patience, and where bold colors meet personal style. Every brushstroke and color choice reflects a story, whether reviving a local thrift store find or giving a family antique a bohemian makeover. These projects encourage people to view furniture not just as necessary objects but as canvases for artistic expression. The joy of creating something unique and personal can be a powerful motivator!
If you’re hesitant to start, remember that every great artist was once a beginner. The furniture makeover journey is as much about each step as it is about the final result. There are no right or wrong ways to express creativity. This freedom allows you to try new techniques and develop your own unique painting style – and I hope the painted furniture ideas above have sparked your interest in beautiful boho furniture makeovers.
Boho Chic Decor Ideas
If you’ve been searching for the perfect boho decor ideas for your home, here are some fantastic budget-friendly options. Be sure to check the links below for the most current sale price.
1. Wood Beaded Ceiling Light
2. Colorful Floral Throw Pillow Covers (set of 2)
3. Macrame Hanging Shelves (set of 2)
4. Collection of Colorful Wall Art Prints (set of 12)
5. Gold Giraffe Sculptures (set of 2)
6. Colorful Floral Fleece Throw Blanket
7. Hanging Macrame Wall Decor (set of 2)
8. Boho Patchwork Shower Curtain
9. Macrame Knitted Floor Pouf