Paint Your Furniture in Black Lacquer for Instant Italian Chic

I was lucky to spend time in a gorgeous hotel in Italy this summer, and they had black lacquered furniture everywhere. Mi piace! Bold, slick and stylish. An interior designer once told me that every room should have something black in it—maybe Italy’s where she learned that lesson. Jill tackled a beat-up blond wicker side table at her house with a few coats of high-gloss black spray paint, and sure enough, it was transformed into Italian chic!

DIY Black lacquer

If you try it at home, just remember to sand and prime first to prepare the surface, then apply the paint in light coats—you may have to do several—to get full coverage without any drips.


Nine years ago, I made a vow to live my life based on three guiding principles: Love, Awe and Gratitude. Today, instead of feeling sad, angry or anxious about The Chew’s cancellation, I will look through the lens of Gratitude and thank: My cohosts, @chefsymon and @carlaphall, for being two of the greatest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. The crew and staff of The Chew for being so dedicated, hardworking and collaborative. Our viewers for allowing us into your homes each day to share a laugh and a recipe — and a cocktail. It’s been a fun run and I am so freakin’ lucky to have been a part of it. Much love, CK ❤️

This photo was taken the day my mom brought me back to the US from Panama, where I was born. She had jet-black hair and a tan, whereas I was basically translucent, with white hair and big blue eyes. Security guards stopped her in the airport because they thought she was smuggling someone else’s baby out of the country. So, I guess it’s time for everyone to come clean. I was indeed stolen. I am actually a Norwegian prince. Where’s my 👑, Terri?!?! Where. Is. My. #%^*ing. 👑?!? 🤪 Happy Mother’s Day!!! I love you. Sorry I’m so weird. ❤️

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