Saving Furniture with Paint

We were inspired by Danielle's post a few days ago about a newly painted landing strip. Although the reviews were mixed about that piece, it got us thinking about (and subsequently googling) ideas for painting furniture.

Try to ignore the pink and brown explosion in the photo above (much too much!) and focus on the smart lines painted on the simple bureau. What a fun (and cheap) way to jazz up a so-so piece. Should we try it out on our own ...?

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We've been trying to hunt down a new sideboard for our dining room because we weren't in love with the hand-me-down that we currently own (above). We haven't found the perfect piece yet and now we're wondering if painting this buffet might be a solution worth checking out.

Of course, painting vertical stripes wouldn't work with this but what if we were to accentuate the head-like shapes on the doors with some kind of two-tone or complimentary color treatment? If we did that (and switched out the pulls) would that pretty up this piece?

What would you do to save this sideboard from the donation pile?

Photo: Pink and brown photo from Do It Yourself

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