I absolutely love chippy paint.
The chippier, the more worn, the more distressed the better. There is something beautiful about paint that has chipped, peeled and been worn right off.
antique-blue-chippy-paintThis is the chair that began my love affair with chippy paint.  I bought it 17 years ago in Ohio for $5 and was instantly drawn to it.  I have loved it, cherished it, and hauled it everywhere I’ve been ever since.antique-chair-with-chippy-paintchippy-blue-paint-with-birdsChippy paint speaks of the story and the history of a piece of furniture. It says that hands have touched that piece over and over and loved it so much that the paint has literally worn off. Tiltable Mirror on ChiferobeIt whispers that a piece has been moved from here to there so many times that the paint has been dented and scratched.distressed_detailing_vintage_secretaryMaybe that particular piece grew up with a child and was moved from room to room and eventually to a new house…White mirror 1Maybe that piece lived in a kitchen at a time when everything was made from scratch and was made my hand…DistressingMaybe it was lovingly painted, with some home made paint, to brighten up a dreary room… Night stand painted with Milk paint 2Maybe it was the only significant piece of furniture that someone owned so it received more than it’s share of use… Handpainted Details on Antique ArmoireWhatever the story the paint is telling… make no mistake, it is telling one.  chippy-paint-general-finishes-chalk-style-paintTo me, it is the story of a simpler time when furniture was made by hand, loved and meticulously cared for and when it lasted forever. miss-mustard-seed-milk-paint-ironstoneI absolutely love that paint, no matter how old, can tell a story.
Each dent, scratch and spot of missing paint tells of something that happened and each moves me to love it even more.

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  1. Love this sentence: “Chippy paint speaks of the story and the history of a piece of furniture. It says that hands have touched that piece over and over and loved it so much that the paint has literally worn off.”

    I love old pieces like this one.

    • That is so sweet! Thanks. I just love chippy… it definitely speaks to my heart <3

  2. I love chippy pieces too! I always feel like they have such a story, you know? Your pieces are beautiful. Hugs, CoCo

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