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Behind-the-Scenes: Kitchen + Bath Makeovers

The Spring 2013 issue of Kitchen + Bath Makeovers is coming to a newsstand near you any day now! The theme is “Before and After,” so today I thought I’d share some behind-the-scenes peeks of a few furniture makeovers from the issue.


When we produced the Budget Kitchen makeover last summer, we hit up consignment shops, thrift stores, and Craiglist for affordable dining room furniture and frames. After some searching, here’s what we found. While some of our pieces needed a deep cleaning, they had good bones.


Here’s a peek at how we used these pieces in a dining room. Hard to believe they’re the same pieces, right?



The chairs and bench each got a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore Medieval Times. We removed the rush seats first before priming and painting to keep them their natural color.


The homeowner already had the IKEA cabinet shown in the after photo, but it’s now discontinued and we wanted two storage units for the dining room for balance. We found a used IKEA cabinet that was a close match, but a little large. We trimmed the legs down with a circular saw to make it more closely match the scale of the existing cabinet and removed the door before priming and painting them both in Benjamin Moore Grey Mist.


The frames were a great deal! We found a bunch of them on Craigslist, so we tested out lots of configurations until we were happy with an arrangement. If you’re having trouble deciding how to hang art, try laying out the pieces on the floor first before you put holes in the wall. Snap photos of various arrangements and compare them to decide which one you like best–you’ll also have a guide to help you remember how they looked as you start hanging them. If your frames are really big, you may want to get out a ladder like I did to take good photos from up high! We used a spray primer to quickly coat the intricate frames, and then applied a couple of coats of Benjamin Moore Henderson Buff, Woodstock Tan, and Medieval Times.


If you’re on a budget, I encourage you to consider finding some quality used pieces that you can give a new lease on life. Not only is it an affordable solution, it’s also rewarding to have a customized piece that you refreshed yourself! Check out these furniture makeovers for more inspiration and watch this video for tips on painting furniture.


—Maria Charbonneaux, Associate Editor, Kitchen + Bath Makeovers

9 Responses to “ Behind-the-Scenes: Kitchen + Bath Makeovers ”

  1. What is the wall paint color? Would love to put this color in my living room.


  2. What kind of primer did u used?

  3. What is the wall color? It’s fabulous.

  4. It’s Benjamin Moore Quincy Tan. It’s definitely a complex neutral that shifts a little depending on the time of day. In our space, it looks beige sometimes and almost has a green tint to it at other times.

  5. Benjamin Moore’s Quincy Tan. It’s a great color but seems to shifta a lot depending on the light, so I’d recommend testing it first.

  6. We used Zinnser Bulls Eye 123 spray primer for the frames to make it easier to paint all the intricate swirls and crevices. We used an oil-based, stain-blocking, bonding primer for the furniture. The stain-blocking and bonding qualities are really important, especially when you’re painting IKEA furniture. I’d also suggest lightly sanding the surface first!

  7. Great makeovers…Thanks!

  8. Magic! Love those colors, and appreciate the tip on repainting IKEA furniture. I have so many projects started or at least have collected the pieces. Please come help me!!

  9. After you makeover, don’t forget to use the Hyde Quickly Clean glove for all your cleanup. Uses no chemicals and cleans up oil,latex paints, glues, caulks, and adhesives from your skin. Many other uses also. Reusable over and over

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