Wood furniture has a classic, natural look that makes it an ideal choice for any room in your home. Pine is an especially attractive wood for bedroom furniture, though, because the light color can help give the space a bright, airy feel. However, the key is finding the right shades to pair with your pine bedroom set. Several different types of colors can help complement the yellow or amber tones in pine, so it’s up to you to choose shades that create the mood that you want for your bedroom.
Since pine is a light wood, choosing a light wall color for your bedroom walls limits the contrast between the walls and furniture for a soft, subdued look. A light color is also best if you have a small bedroom because it can help the space appear larger and more open. Pale neutral shades are an ideal option because they won’t clash with the wood or any other accent shades that you choose to use in the room. While white is a classic neutral wall color, it can look a little stark next to the yellow or amber undertones in pine furniture. Instead, try softer neutrals like cream, beige or ivory on your bedroom walls. Even a soft gray can work well with pine furniture.
Colors with cool undertones are often used in bedrooms to create a calm, relaxing mood. With pine furniture, green is an ideal cool shade for the walls and other accent pieces throughout the room. If you want a green that leans a little bit neutral, look for a gray-green shade for your wall. Olive green can also work well if your pine furniture has strong golden or amber undertones. However, for a soft, traditional look, you can’t go wrong with sage or mint green on your walls. Save bolder greens like kelly, emerald and hunter for accessories like throw pillows, window treatments and bedding.
Like green, blue has cool undertones that make it an ideal choice for bedroom walls. If you use the right blue shade for your walls, it can complement the look of your pine furniture and give the entire space a soothing look. Blue-gray is an ideal option because it is a soft shade with some neutral undertones that allow it to work with a variety of accent shades. You can go even lighter with a sky or robin’s egg blue if you want to make your bedroom appear larger. For a slightly brighter look, try a soft aqua color on your walls. When it comes to accessories, use darker or richer blue shades like cobalt, indigo, turquoise and navy to serve as accents that create a small contrast with the pale wood and walls.
Warm shades can work well in a large bedroom when you want to create a cozier, more intimate look. They can also echo the golden or amber tones in the pine and give the space a really inviting feel. However, it’s best to avoid bright shades like cherry red, tangerine or lemon yellow, which can be too much for bedroom walls. Instead, stick to earthy warm shades like terra cotta, gold or brick. A red brown shade like chestnut or cognac may be a good option if you have an especially large bedroom and really want your pine furniture to pop against the walls.
Chalk paint can literally be used on just about any surface without preparation such as sanding and stripping. We have painted wood, metal, plastic and a few other odd things (see this post for some crazy chalk paint ideas) If a surface is particularly beat up or chipping you may, in that case, want to go ahead and do some sanding to get the surface smoother. However, in most cases it will not be necessary.
A Clean Piece
You will want to make sure your piece is free of dust and lint before you start chalk painting. You can use a damp cloth or cheesecloth to achieve this. Not much is needed here, just get most of the surface clean and dry.
All you will need to get started using chalk paint is the paint itself, the piece you are painting, a good paintbrush and your finish. We’ll talk more about that in a minute.. If you are going to distress the piece later you will need some sandpaper, steel wool pads or similar items to distress the finish. For great tutorials on distressing furniture check out this site.
How To Apply
Painting with chalk paint is a breeze. The calcium carbonate ( or plaster of paris if you make your own chalk paint) helps the paint coat the piece with a very thick and rich covering. Just dip your brush and paint the furniture as you would any normal piece. It really dries very fast but the longer you leave it the better the patina will settle in and enrich the finish. If distressing I like to wait up to 12-24 hours before doing any sanding. This waiting period gives the paint a real chance to cure and makes your job and the outcome much nicer.
After your piece has thoroughly dried you are ready to seal it. You can use any standard sealant. The best are Minwax furniture paste, Annie Sloan clear wax, a dark wax (if you want to age the finish) or a polyurethane.
It’s best to save the polyurethane for pieces that need a high gloss finish or will receive lots of traffic and abuse, such as dining room tables, desks, and coffee tables.
That’s really it. We will get into more detail in future tutorials about exactly how to use chalk paint but this is more than enough to get you started. I hope you enjoyed it!