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18 Hottest Colors to Paint your Furniture

I often use Pinterest for inspiration and I am going to share my most-used collection for the best, most on-trend colors for painting furniture.  Often I have a furniture project...a dresser/nightstand set for the guest room, or a buffet for the dining room, or an adorable side table to brighten up a sitting room...but I don't know what color to paint it.  If you are like me you look at the piece and sometimes you know where you are going to put it and about what color you want it to be.  Sometimes it is easy.  Sometimes the piece just screams out to you, "Paint me gray!" or "I need some drama--paint me teal!!"  But sometimes I stare at it and it doesn't speak to me, not even a whisper.  Sometimes I paint a coat of a terrific color and it seems to just squirm in it's new identity; not quite comfortable in its new clothes.  So I go to Pinterest and look at other bloggers' projects or professional designers' boards for inspiration. 

18 Hottest Colors to Paint Furniture at Vintage Bette

These are some examples from my inspiration board for painting furniture on Pinterest and the colors I suggest are CeCe Caldwell's Chalk + Clay Paints colors I use to replicate these looks.  Of course I have also included the source for the photos if you want to see exactly the brand and color used in the photo.

Black and White and Gray are my favorite colors for painting furniture.  I would say 90% of my work (custom painting, what I sell and what I paint for my own home) is completed in one of these 3 colors.  Keep in mind, there are 9 shades of these 3 colors available in CeCe Caldwell's Paints and if you custom mix paints the possibilities for color variations are vast.

Beckley Coal is a black chalk + clay paint.  It is the ONLY one that I know of in a true black.  It is amazing and I use this paint daily. It is classy and elegant and works on any piece of furniture for any room.  Here is an example of a black painted china cabinet I found at       

                                                       copy the look of this painted hutch with Beckley Coal by CeCe Caldwell's Chalk + Clay Paints

Vintage White by CeCe Caldwell's Paints is my #1 most-used paint, most-sold paint and my personal favorite of all time.  It has just enough cream to keep it from being a stark white but not enough that it can't sit next to another piece of white furniture or reside in a room with white doors and trim (notice the sideboard picture below from shows it against white walls and flooring).  It is perfection. 

               White painted cabinet would use CCCP Vintage White to reproduce look                              sideboard painted white could be a vintage white project with CeCe Caldwell's Paints

If you are looking for a shabby chic white, a white as white as snow you want to try Simply White.  It provides contrast for days, especially when distressed.   Here is the version...

                                           try simply white by cece caldwells paints for a shabby chic look or a french country feel

My second most favorite color to paint furniture is Pittsburgh Gray.  It is amazing and also coordinates with just about any other color for a seamless look.  Bonus:  It looks fantastic with any color hardware including--no especially--copper and gold like these examples from Kathy at Petticoat Junktion.

        try pittsburgh gray cece caldwell's paint for this look on a western style dresser                             

Seattle Mist is my go-to light gray color.  It has just a hint of blue/green--a whisper.  It is gorgeous.  My friend restyled her old European buffet with this color and calls it a show-stopper just like this one from Little Cottage on the Pond.

                    to get this look try seattle mist by cece caldwell's paints for upcycling and repainting furniture

Smoky Mountain Gray is another gorgeous on-trend color as you can see here from Urban Patina.  It is the epitome of farmhouse.  It is vintage, french country, coastal--this color is versatile!

                                                        painted furniture project try smoky mountain gray by cece caldwell's chalk + clay paints

Vermont Slate is a dark, charcoal gray with a ton of depth.  MudPaint got it right with the example below.  If you don't quite want black but don't quite want gray Vermont Slate by CeCe Caldwell's Paints is your color.

                                          Achieve this look with Vermont Slate by CeCe Caldwell's Paints to repaint or restyle furniture

If you want some color on your project try Sante Fe Turquoise to reproduce this look I found by Sauder furntiure.  This paint also looks amazing distressed and/or layered with a contrasting color for drama.

                                                   try CeCe Caldwell's Paints sante fe turquoise to get this look from sauder on your furniture project

Green is becoming more and more popular for furniture and I am becoming a fan of this look I found on craftionary.netSpring Hill Green is such a happy color.  It contrasts beautifully with any blue or white and looks gorgeous with gray and black.

                                     try spring hill green by cece Caldwell's paints for this look for your painted furniture project

This color by MudPaint reminds me of California Gold by CeCe Caldwell's Chalk + Clay Paints.  If you want this exact color you will definitely want to lighten it a bit with some white but straight from the can it will be very close--just a little deeper.


Orange is a trendsetter, attention-getter.  Orange is happy and warm and will not fail to draw your eye.  The orange I use is Pueblo Pepper.  It has a bit more depth than this example. 

                                                    Use Pueblo Pepper CeCe Caldwell's Paints to reproduce this look

Grand Prairie Sage is an amazing color and I predict we start seeing more of this color again real soon.  It is warm, coordinates with gray nicely and green has such a calming effect as you see here at Crationary.


I truly cannot express my love for navy blue in words.  It is so deep and wide.  Navy works with anything.  Seriously.  Newport Navy might be my favorite color.  So good.  It is the classiest, most elegant blue ever.  I am looking for a buffet just like this one by createinspire so I can gaze upon this loveliness in person.  Daily.  This should be in my house.



Nantucket Spray is perfect for a touch of color.  Especially if you are trying to achieve a french country or coastal look like in this photo from Infarrantly Creative.  Also works for farmhouse or modern, even!


This look.  This look is becoming hot hot hot.  Here is an example in a milk paint from Whimsical PerspectiveCeCe Caldwell's Chalk + Clay Paints has a version of this color called Cinco Bayou Moss and it is fantastic and sooooo trendy.  I applaud this artist for layering it with red for a distressed look.


I am a fan of this look by Perfectly Imperfect.  It is so preppy.  So clean.  So fresh.  So nautical.  I am working on a hutch with this color scheme.  I am going to make my hardware gold, though.  I will be sure and write a post about it.  In CeCe Caldwell's Paints you would use Emerald Isle and Newport Navy.  Love.


For a bright, sunny, traditional yellow try this look with Carolina Sun Yellow by CeCe Caldwell's Paints to reproduce this great project from Sweet Pickins.

                                                    get this painted furniture look with Carolina Sun Yellow by CeCe Caldwell's Paints 

I exclusively use CeCe Caldwell's Chalk + Clay Paints to paint and refinish furniture projects so I translated my favorite colors and posts to CCCP colors but feel free, of course, to use any brand or product you like best.  It is a wonderful market of products out there now and I know there is something for everyone.  For me, CCCP is the best because it is 100% sourced and made in the USA with all natural ingredients and has no smell at all.  It is safe to use around babies and pets and it is truly the best chalk & clay based paint I have used and I have tried them all!  I also love that it encourages small business and economic growth in the USA.




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