What are the most popular painted furniture colors? Here are some fun suggestions to makeover a thrift store find in an afternoon.

I’ve painted more furniture than I can even begin to count. Over the years I’ve put together a list of all the painted furniture colors that I love. Here are my tried and true paint colors.

the most popular painted furniture colors

I love to paint.


I would rather paint a room than fix a pot roast any day of the week.

Usually I’m all about neutrals.  I’ve already shared my favorite gray paint colors and my favorite white paint colors.

But today?

Today summer is just around the corner.

Today is about fun and summer and sunshine and lemonade and green grass and color.

If you have a thrift store piece of furniture or a table or chair or random bookshelf just looking for a coat of paint?

This is the POST for you.

Here are a few ideas.

Here are the most popular colors to paint furniture.

the most popular painted furniture colors yellow

Let’s start at the very beginning (it’s a very good place to start).

Because sometimes when you find an abandoned table or begin a DIY project or re-do a bookshelf….

….you start holding a bunch of paint chips.


And it can be a little overwhelming.

No worries friend.

Paint is your friend—especially paint colors like this.

painted furniture colors coral dresser

1.  SW 6874 Ardent Coral

I almost sighed when this picture came up.

This is my go-to coral.

It’s what I painted my dresser for the BHG challenge.

It’s the perfect almost orange—but with the slightest hint of pink coral.

painted furniture colors pink

2.  SW 6855 Dragon Fruit

I love this pink.

I painted the hutch in the gatehouse SW 6855 Dragon Fruit and I love it, too.

It’s the kind of pink you would take out on the town and ask to the dance.

A little can go a long way with this vibrant color so I recommend starting with a piece of furniture.

Kind of like dating it first.

painted furniture colors yellow stools

3.  SW 6901 Daffodil

Okay….seriously….can we start with the name?

Who wouldn’t love a paint color named after a flower?

This yellow is cheerful and happy and joyful and energetic.

And it looks so pretty when you pair it with navy or gray.

painted furniture colors blue bookcase

4.  SW Atmospheric 6505

I love this light blue because it reminds me of the summer sky.

It’s fresh and fun and vibrant and full of life.

This blue is such a fun option to add a little summer refresh to a bookshelf.

painted furniture colors mindful gray

5.  SW 7016 Mindful Gray

I’m all for color, but I like a little neutral in all my rooms during the summer.

This has been my go-to gray for over 10 years.

This gray is not overwhelming.

It doesn’t shout.

It simply whispers to you when you enter the room.

Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers hutch

Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers inside door makeover

6. SW 7008 Alabaster

I found this piece at a thrift store a while back and now it’s painted SW Alabaster and in the corner of the craft room.

And the best part?

When you open up the doors?

It looks like this.

I added stick-on cork tiles to the doors to help organize all the stuff and messages in the craft room.

You can see the entire before and after here.

the most popular colors to paint furniture Extra White

7. SW 7016 Extra White

We found these bookcases that needed a little TLC and took them and made them into a built-in on either side of the couch upstairs in the upstairs family room.

Then we painted the bookcases the color of the wals and the molding.

It’s such a popular white color SW 7016 Extra White.

You can see the after and how we did it here.

8. SW 6496 Oceanside

I found this mid-century piece at a thrift store for only $15.

You should see how sad it was when I got it.

And then?

We added a little color—SW Oceanside to be exact.

You can see the entire before and after here.

Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers painted stripe

9. SW 6244 Naval

Here’s a simple idea to makeover a table in under an hour.

I’ll give you a hint.

Just add painter’s tape and one of the most popular painted furniture colors– a little SW 6244 Naval.

And now?

It looks like this.

10. Front Porch SW 7651

This is a plain wood set that I got for a client.

They wanted color in the space and so I painted the chairs and the table the colors of summer.

SW 7651 Front Porch 

SW 6498 Byte Blue

SW 6767 Aquarium

It’s such a bright and happy makeover.

11. SW 7547 Sandbar

Here’s where this dresser started.

I added a stencil and painted it with a base coat of SW 7547 Sandbar with a gray stencil.

And now?

It looks like this.


This piece a testimony to the fact that not every furniture find needs to be painted.

Sometimes they just need a little love like this pine dresser.

Especially when they have a really good story like this one.

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  1. Image for Heather Heather

    We share the paint brush over a pot roast choice. I understand the power of paint but still manage to get blown away with every transformation. Enjoyed your home “walkabout” and thanks for sharing your favorite paint colors, I spend a lot of time to get just the right color, custom mixing from my massive paint can collection. Sometimes I get it right sometimes not so much. So tried and trues are much appreciated. Soooo in my search for the perfect blue, what is the blue paint color in your dining room. I see we already share similar likes perhaps you have already found the perfect blue? Ta, got to go find me something to paint.

  2. Image for Teresa Teresa

    I know your post was about painting furniture but our family is in a dilemma about what gray paint color to use on the porch floor of the family home we have acquired back after 30 plus years. It was built in the 1800's. We are in the process of repairs on the large front porch removing the paint off the red brick columns to bring it back to its more original look and replacing porch railing, etc. We plan to paint the house white dove and the original wood shutters black but have not nailed down that exact color. The porch ceiling we are painting palladium blue. What gray porch color would you recommend? Thank you.

  3. Image for Dawn Dawn

    Hi Kari, Love your blog! The blue painted dresser with the gold orb and striped vase says SW Atmospheric but it doesn’t look to be the same color when I go to the SW site. Could it be something else? Thanks!

  4. Image for Amanda Amanda

    Love this! Can you tell me about the curtains in the last picture? Did you make them? I LOVE them. The room is perfect!

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