There are furniture companies supplying unpainted products solely for the customers out there that like to finish the products themselves. If you wander into any paint shop you will see that there are such a variety of paint finishes like the wash finishes, or the many different finishes in white or creams and the enormous selection of other paints that are begging you to take them home with you to experiment with. Painted furniture has been traditional finishes for many different cultures like indeed painted furniture would always have been traditional finish for the Irish people of long ago. If you look at the old Irish photographs they painted everything from the simple farmhouse kitchen chair to the traditional dresser that is so sought after today. The Germans and the polish people also are great believers in painted furniture.
There is a great demand for painted furniture and pieces are always been ordered with particular painted finishes. Hand painted furniture pieces are much more expensive than their lacquered finished counterparts. The exquisite finish that can be got from the painted furnitures is just out on its own and the other furniture finishes are often outclassed by this. Some customers will search out and only buy plain unfinished pieces wishing to express their individuality by having their own stamp on painted furnitures. People looking about their houses and while loving their classic pieces and not wanting to replace them might envisage them in a different finish need not worry as the oaks and the mahoganies can also be given a transformation by some inspiration and a can of paint keeping it a treasured piece in a different guise.
If you are thinking about that wonderful painted furniture that you saw in town and want to have a go at it yourself. Remember that preparation is the key. Using good quality paint a good primer and plenty of sanding will give you that painted furniture look that will inspire you on to other projects.