• Minna Etters

"You Can Hack That"- Funky Lined Furniture

Updated: Oct 12, 2020

Some people pickle it, but I can hack it! Ok so I'm obviously at home wayyyy more than I ever thought I would be and I'm the opposite of a homebody(you could say I'm going crazy). During quarantine I started redoing a lot of areas in my house and began looking for ways to bring in "designer" pieces for a fraction of the cost. In general, I hate it when I see knock-off pieces at big-box furniture stores but when you make it yourself, it's more of an 'ode to the designer", than a knock-off and I'll always give a shoutout to the designer I'm inspired by.

Lately I've been crushing on this Brooklyn Base store Sincerely, Tommy. They're a black owned lifestyle concept store that sells cool clothes and furniture. They also have a small hostel and coffee shop connected to their space. Maybe one day I'll interview them and give them the proper shout-out they deserve. For now, I'm hacking their Raini Home furniture style and basking in the fact that they reposted it on their story.

For reference, these are the Raini chairs and table that I love. They're actually really affordable so by all means I encourage everyone to buy (photos linked). I had a lamp in my house that either needed to be donated or repurposed and I chose to repurpose it Raini style.

What You'll Need:

  1. Any furniture/accessory piece that you want to repurpose (something around the house or a cheap thrift find.)

  2. Paint 1: Background color

  3. Paint 2: Lines

  4. Paint Brush

  5. Pencil and eraser for line drawing

Day 1:

First, I cleaned off the old lamp and prepped it for its first coat of paint. For the background color I bought a BEHR paint sample from Home Depot (MQ3-42, Honey Mist, Satin). Paint samples only cost around $3.50 and they'll last for several DIY projects. Apply the first coat and reevaluate after a few hours if you can do the second coat or if a second is even needed. The lamp required 3 coats of the background paint, which I did throughout the course of one day.

Day 2:

On day 2 the lamp was completely dry and ready for sketching. The Raini pattern is very irregular which means you don't need a ruler or a steady hand to achieve a cool look. I free hand sketched the irregular lines all around the lamp with a pencil. You'll want to make sure you have a good eraser that won't smudge for this project. Although the lines are irregular you'll still want the lines to go from point A to point B which can take a little getting used to. I also suggest practicing the lines on a sketchpad first if you are apprehensive. Again, this is so easy to do so don't let the pattern scare you.

I then used black craft paint that I already had to fill in the drawn pattern. This part is great because if you don't stay totally in the lines it's ok, you won't be able to tell. The craft paint dried really quickly, so I was able to do any touchups right away.

By the end of the day the lamp was ready for placement! I found a vintage pleated lampshade at goodwill for $2 and added it for a trendier look. Overall the project cost $5.50. Depending on what supplies you already have this could cost anywhere from $5-$50. In the end you'll have a funky designer inspired piece that didn't set you back hundreds of dollars or too many hours of your time.

Until Next Time,

⋒ ME

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