Here’s a sampling of places in the Washington area where furniture
is found in a pale palette.
Owners and siblings Jim Vella and Lisa Vella Iantosca have a number of pale Swedish furnishings (wide, curved open hutch, $3,800; big cream-colored desk, $2,700) scattered around their 4,000-square-foot former horse barn.
21197 St. Louis Rd. (at Baileywyck Farm), Middleburg. 908-313-4441. www.baileywyckshoppes.com. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Sunday, or by appointment.
Ballindullagh Barn Antiques
Owner Steven Ryder’s current inventory highlights painted Russian step-back cupboards ($3,500 to $6,500) and Romanian blanket boxes and vitrines (a cream-colored vitrine circa 1860, $3,300).
2410 Wood Stream Ct., Ellicott City. 410-988-8002. www.bbpineantiques.com. Open weekends (from noon) and by appointment.
Côté Jardin Antiques
French garden ornaments meet French and Swedish painted furniture. A very large Provencal cupboard, $22,500; a cream-painted Gustavian sideboard, $8,500.
3218 O St. NW. 202-333-3067. www.cotejardinantiques.com. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
German Favorite Antiques
A nice selection of crusty carved doors from European buildings, architectural elements, salvaged sandstone and terra cotta floor tiles in 5,800 square feet of space. Chairs upholstered in German grain sacks.
120 E. Market St., Leesburg. 703-777-5775. www.germanfavoriteantiques.com. Open 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Owner Sue Kopperman’s Swedish pieces are mostly 19th- and 20th-century, and modest in scale. Recovered taupe-check Gustavian side chairs from the 1920s are $900 for the pair. A more contemporary curved buffet is $700. Klaradal also sells the Ekelund line of Swedish table linens.
16644 Georgia Ave., Olney. 301-570-2557. www.klaradal.com. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Marston Luce Antiques
Luce has mixed Swedish pieces with his French finds since 1989. Recently a late-17th-century Swedish cupboard in medium blue paint ($6,500) stood near a five-foot-long 18th-century French buffet in a lighter blue ($3,200).
1651 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-6800. www.marstonluce.com. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
Oliver Dunn, Moss & Co., and Catharine Roberts
This eclectic assortment from three dealers includes pale-painted furnishings (a delicate grayish wood sunburst mirror, $135; a pair of oversize tub chairs with newly distressed frames, $3,500).
1657 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-338-7410. No Web site. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.
Tone on Tone
Loi Thai and Thomas Troeschel have an airy, almost-all-Swedish shop. A pale gray chest of drawers from the early 1800s is $2,500; other chests run to about $5,000.
7920 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. 240-497-0800. www.tone-on-tone.com. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday and by appointment.
Auntie Te’s Consignment Boutique
For 25 years, Theresa Cizmar and daughter Kerry Creason have made their clothing-consignment shop part of the shabby chic decorating trend (large painted two-piece hutch, $425), with more furniture being added.
6920A Braddock Rd. (Bradlick Shopping Center), Annandale. 703-321-9363. www.auntietes.com. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Beyond the jungle of costume jewelry, you can thread your way through the aisles, and upstairs, to soft painted pieces, pillows and linens.
42350 Lucketts Rd., Lucketts. 703-771-9006. www.beekeeperscottage.com . Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Linda Campbell and Ann Vaughan own this 12-room Victorian store filled with accessories and painted pieces with a shabby-chic vibe.
105 S. King St., Leesburg. 703-443-0058. www.cottageatleesburg.com. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
A huge multi-vendor space in the downtown Frederick antiques corridor with the occasional painted piece, including a crusty white “Architect Mirror,” about three feet tall, apparently assembled from a skinny old casement window (handle still attached) and bits and pieces of wood, for $85.
112 E. Patrick St., Frederick. 301-662-7099. www.emporiumantiques.com. Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Four Shabby Chicks
The Chicks display their painted vintage finds in vignettes, making it easy to imagine how they’ll look at home.
32 S. King St. (inside Leesburg Antique Emporium), Leesburg. 703-777-3553. www.leesburgantiqueemporium.net. Open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday, noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Little Painted Cottage
Rhonda Lehman stocks new and not-so-new cottagey furniture, and she can color a piece to order. A white-painted linen-covered chair recently went for $200; a settee finished in nailhead-outlined burlap is $900.
3760 Howard Ave. (in the Kensington Antique Row building), Kensington. 301-942-4440 or 301-351-1725. www.thelittlepaintedcottage.com. Open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Saturday, noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Old Lucketts Store
A creaky old house packed to the rafters with accessories and furniture from multiple vendors, a lot of it painted. A “vintage hip” blue-gray French dresser is $299; a French-style loveseat in bleached linen, $498. At the periodic Design House Weekends, Suzanne Eblen (“Sooz”) curates vintage room vignettes in a separate building.
42350 Lucketts Rd., Lucketts. 703-779-0268. www.luckettstore.com. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Lucketts Store Design House open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5-7, Nov. 2-4, Dec. 7-9.
On a Whim
A joyful jumble of painted (and not painted) vintage furniture floating in a sea of tchotchkes.
14920 James Monroe Hwy. (Route 15), Lucketts. 703-771-4844. www.onawhimantiques.com. Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Sunday.
Pale painted everything, from the 1920s to 1960s. Beds (headboard, footboard, rails) run $985 for king size; painted bedboards are $595 and $695.
127 S. Carroll St., Frederick. 240-422-9997. www.tuscanydesigns.net. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday to Sunday.
The Barn Show
Periodic barn sales with all manner of furniture and fittings.
3250 Bottner Rd., off Route 424, Gambrills. 410-903-1583. www.thebarnshow.com. Barn sales Sept. 28-30 and Nov. 30-Dec. 2; open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Chartreuse & Co.
Monthly barn sales by owner Virginia Crum, who crams 20 dealers and their wares into three barns and two outbuildings, with lots of painted and unpainted pieces amid industrial accents and mid-century modern furniture.
4007A Buckeystown Pike, Frederick. 301-874-1882. www.chartreuseandco.com and www.thechartreuselifeblog.com. Barn sales Oct. 19-21, Nov. 2-4, Nov. 16-18 and Dec. 7-9; open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Ekster Antiques & Uniques
European transplant Caroline Verschoor imports country-style furniture and fittings from France, Belgium, Holland and elsewhere, for barn sales every two or three months. The gorgeous photographs of her family home and merchandise, seen on her Web site, are a sure pre-sell.
38532 Pheasant Hill Lane, Hamilton. No phone. www.eksterantiques.com. Barn sales Sept. 28-30 and Oct. 12-14; open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Repurposed & Refined
The company holds a monthly warehouse sale of painted furniture and accessories, and shows furniture and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint at its spaces at Beaver Creek Antiques Market in Hagerstown and Wild Rose and Co. marketplace in Walkersville.
525 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, Md. www.repurposedandrefined.com. Warehouse sales Oct. 19-21, Nov. 16-18, Dec. 7-9; open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Refinisher Kelly Millspaugh Thompson holds periodic barn sales, and sells furniture and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint through a Falls Church vintage store, Stifel & Capra.
4051 Stanford Ct. (on the Springdale horse farm), Frederick. No phone. www.stylishpatina.com. Barn sales Oct. 19-21, Nov. 16-18, Dec. 7-9; open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Blue Egg Brown Nest
Owner Christen Bensten uses chalk paint to rehab furniture; she calls her style part French, part farmhouse, part American vintage. Online seller. Queen-size four-poster bed in French gray, $450. She’ll also paint your furniture: estimates $220 for a dresser or a dining table, $65 each for dining chairs.