Furniture Makeovers

Transform old furniture into new, functional pieces with these step-by-step makeovers. Follow our fresh and affordable tips to rethink secondhand furniture and make it into something fresh and fabulous. No matter your skill level, you can complete a furniture makeover. Use our fun paint techniques to update a dresser, table, chair, or bookcase, and take items from bland to beautiful in less than a weekend. Try out a stencil, faux finish, or painter's tape design to create a furniture piece that reflects your personal style. Do-it-yourself ideas such as drawer pulls, storage built-ins, and even headboard projects will get you started and help you gain the confidence to complete large-scale furniture projects. Learn to update cabinet doors, customize a nightstand, personalize a chair, complete an upholstery project, and master paint techniques with our tips. Scour flea markets, thrift stores, consignment shops, garage sales, and big box retailers to find an inexpensive piece perfect for customization. This budget-friendly alternative to purchasing new furniture not only reuses discarded pieces, but it also allows you to create a custom, one-of-a-kind item that reflects your personal decor style.


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Chair Makeovers
  • How to Reupholster a Chair

    Give an old chair new life with fresh upholstery. Follow these step-by-step upholstery instructions to learn how.

  • How to Reupholster a Chair

    Give a skirted chair a fresh outlook with new upholstery.

  • Painting Wicker

    See how easy it can be to give your favorite wicker furniture pieces a fresh new look by using these helpful pointe...

  • DIY Upholstery Updates

    Learn how to successfully upholster two different kinds of chairs and a headboard with these handy tips.

  • Felted Patchwork Chair Cover

    See how this quick and easy felted chair cover can bring new life to an old, worn out chair.

  • How to Reupholster Dining Room Chairs

    This simple, but effective project will take your dining room chairs from dull to dazzling.

  • Chair Makeover

    Turn a basic, ho-hum chair into something with a little more personality. This step-by-step makeover tells you how.

Furniture Makeovers
  • How To: Color Wash Furniture

    Give this subtle, color-washed paint treatment a try and breathe new life into an unsealed piece of furniture.

  • How to Paint Distressed Wood Furniture

    Use this quick and easy distressing technique to add an aged, lived-in character to almost any piece of wood furnit...

  • Furniture Projects

    Use these creative techniques to add personality and character to the furniture pieces throughout your home.

  • DIY Bathroom Vanity

    Learn how to repurpose a piece of freestanding furniture for use as a stately bathroom vanity.

  • DIY Furniture Transformations

    Gather inspiration you can use to transform standard, store-bought furniture pieces into personality-filled pieces...

  • Fabulous Furniture Makeovers

    See how you can breathe new life into castoff furniture pieces with these creative do it yourself ideas.

  • Furniture Makeovers: 1 Chest, 3 Ways

    See how three different designers approached this dresser makeover to create three distinctly different and stylish...

  • Thrifted Furniture Makeovers

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    Get the look of a stylish built-in for less coin by following these instructions for creating a stylish and functio...

  • Repurposed Potting Bench

    Don’t throw out that old china cabinet! Repurpose it for use as a fun and funky potting bench.

  • DIY Idea: Reupurposed Buffet

    This handy buffet is filled with clever do-it-yourself ideas you can steal to make the most of your dining room spa...

  • How To: Build a Kitchen Island

    A bit of time and elbow grease is all you’ll need to construct this hardworking kitchen island, which features stor...

  • Before-and-After Furniture Makeovers

    Once tired and dated pieces of furntiure get unexpected makevoers. See how you can give your own blah pieces a new...

Table Makeovers
Storage Pieces & Bookcases
Headboards


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