Since it's an antique, I struggled whether or not to paint the inside until one day it struck me…lots of French furniture is painted. Bottom line: I knew I would like it better (and I would still have the stain on the outside). I used the Annie Sloan French Linen.
The lamps below were also painted.
These bistro chairs were bright green before, but easy to paint with Rustoleum Satin Slate Blue spray paint.
Right after I painted the inside of our French bookcase, I read Emily A. Clark's post about when to paint furniture. She is all for painting dated oak (me too, to mix it up) and for leaving rattan/bamboo unpainted for texture.
Note: Leave pieces with beautiful wood grains (Grandma's mahogany dining table), stains or texture (your reclaimed wood coffee table) unpainted to add richness to you overall furniture mix.
Do you have furniture that could have new life with a couple coats of paint?