Fabulous Furniture Makeovers

Uncover the hidden charm of a cast-off piece with a bit of creative thinking and elbow grease.

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    Salvage a Media Cart

    An unattractive TV cart like this one is a cheap thrift shop regular. With outdated materials, likely scuffs, and unsightly hardware, it's not a highly sought-after item. 

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    Salvage a Media Cart

    To turn an old castoff into a charming bedside table, start by removing the casters and replacing them with new wooden furniture feet. Prime and paint the cart. Remove the doors, and decoupage the door fronts with decorative paper. Cut a new back for the cart from 1-inch plywood, and decoupage it with coordinating paper. Add new knobs to the doors and reinstall.

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    Remake Your Bed

    This cast-off bed has a decorative silhouette, but the finish is dreary and damaged. New headboards can put a large dent in your budget, so instead of throwing this hidden gem away, upcycle it into clever seating for a master bedroom. 

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    Remake Your Bed

    The bed becomes a charming settee when its parts are reassembled. Cut the footboard in half vertically to form arms for the settee. Cut a piece of MDF for the seat and a piece for a front rail. Assemble all pieces with wood screws and glue. Sand, prime, and paint the settee. When dry, add nailhead trim. For a cushion, wrap a foam pad cut to size with batting and a throw. Or sew the throw into a cover for a more structured look.

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    Versatile Armoire

    Oversized armoires like this were designed to house bulky tube TVs. Even though flat-screens are now the norm, these roomy pieces can still be useful. Here's how to turn one into a storage unit perfect for holding linens and supplies in a guest bedroom. 

     

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    Versatile Armoire

    Shelves installed in the upper section added loads of storage. Fresh paint and a few style updates, including new hardware, provided a fresh face. Always remember to sand furniture before painting to ensure a smooth surface. 

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    Armoire Step-by-Step

    Get the inside scoop on how we transformed this old armoire.

     

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    Tired to Revived Hutch

    The shabby condition of this hutch is no match for a savvy makeover that gives molding a starring role. Something of this size could be reimagined as a wardrobe, linen storage, and more. 

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    Tired to Revived Hutch

    Layers of molding along the top and bottom add presence to the simple cabinet, as does bold sky blue paint. We used a steel brush to remove the flaky paint, then sanded and primed the piece before installing moldings and completing the final paint job. Rope molding outlines the doors, and the panels are accented with pretty medallions. The embellishments were rubbed with a decorating glaze to give the color depth.

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    Paint Upholstery

    You can transform dull upholstery fabric with the right kind of paint. Watch and learn the trick.

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    Rescue a Beat-Up Dresser

    Nondescript, used, and abused, this dresser was languishing in a thrift store at a rock-bottom price. We snagged it and turned it into the perfect accent piece for a girl's bedroom. 

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    Rescue a Beat-Up Dresser

    Use paint to give the furniture a dose of character and contemporary styling. Coat the top in a fun color that contrasts with the rest of the piece, and add some painted furniture feet. Embellish the drawer fronts with pretty stencils. Remove any damaged drawers in favor of small lined and labeled baskets. Create shadow boxes from the small drawers: Line them with patterned paper, and hang on the wall.

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    Freshen Up a Bookcase

    Basic and bland, this boring bookcase was functional but not reaching its potential. With added storage and a fresh paint job, we turned this trash-worthy piece into something brilliant. 

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    Freshen Up a Bookcase

    Make your bookcase more useful with a drop-down desk and out-of-sight storage. Cut doors to size from Medium Density Fiberboard, then prime and paint the bookcase and doors. When dry, install the bottom door panel with French hinges and add the drop-down panel using hinges and chains. Finish the doors with a new knob and pull.

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    Convert an Old Vanity

    Deep drawers and charming ornamentation distinguish this vanity, but the finish and form are too dark and dated. See how we converted this antique into a functional work space perfect for a bedroom or office. 

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    Convert an Old Vanity

    Color and pattern transform the old vanity into a petite desk perfect for a small room. Remove the mirror, then sand, prime, and paint the vanity. Be sure to fill any scratches or holes left from the mirror with wood putty. When dry, cover the drawer fronts and knobs with pretty papers using decoupage glue.

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    Reupholster a Chair

    How often do you see these chairs at flea markets, thrift stores, and secondhand shops? They have a great shape and sturdy construction but unsightly or worn-out upholstery. Fortunately, chairs like this one can be redeemed with a reupholstery job.

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    Reupholster a Chair

    Fun, fresh fabric gives this chair a renewed appearance. Reupholstering a chair involves some work, but the results are rewarding. For antique chairs that need a boost in comfort, remove the old batting and use a staple gun to add fresh batting to the chair before you cover with new fabric. 

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    Refresh with Pattern

    Scratches and scuffs left this sideboard looking a little forlorn, but a vision to revive the piece with pattern turned it into a showpiece. 

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    Refresh with Pattern

    Turquoise paint lightened the look of the sideboard, while glass pulls give it a vintage-meets-modern look. A herringbone pattern, drawn with a white paint pen on the doors, solidifies the sideboard's chic status. High-gloss paint is extra durable and works best for furniture used in high-traffic areas. 

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    Furnish an Entry

    This diamond-in-the-rough chest had a ripped top and rusty casters, but a seating area and plenty of storage space beneath the hinged lid made it perfect for an entryway.

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    Furnish an Entry

    Primer, two coats of white paint, a simple cushion, and new casters complete the exterior overhaul. When removing the old cushion, be careful with the fabric; you can use that as the pattern for the new seat covering. For functional art above, paint an old frame to match the chest, insert a wallpaper sample, and secure branches with heavy-duty glue to create a hat rack.

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    Enliven a Ho-Hum Table

    This table had possibilities, but it was too country for a contemporary interior. See what a fresh coat of paint can do for this furniture piece in need of some attention. 

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    Enliven a Ho-Hum Table

    A simple redo gives the country style a modern edge. Remove the table legs and make a paper pattern for new simple legs. Cut the legs from MDF and attach to the top with screws. Keep the shelves for support and extra storage. Sand and paint the coffee table and, when dry, add an adhesive decal to the top for a flirty finish.

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    Repurpose a Table for Your Bath

    A bedside table isn't just for the bedroom. Go to the next slide to see what it can do in your bathroom.

     

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    Repurpose a Table for Your Bath

    In just a few simple steps, an old table can become a custom vanity at a fraction of the cost. First, sand the table to give it a smooth finish. To make room for the plumbing pipes, remove the drawer box and reattach the front panel of the drawer with a quality wood adhesive. For storage, you can add a shelf near the bottom of the vanity. Then paint the table. For a streak-free finish, use spray paint. To provide a waterproof surface around the sink, top the vanity with a piece of granite. (This one was free from a local stone company’s scrap pile.) After the drilled granite is placed on the table, drill through the tabletop to accommodate plumbing pipes. A vessel sink with a single lever faucet is a perfect fit for this compact space.

     

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    Add a Reflection

    This boring, ordinary hutch touted plenty of storage, but it needed a fresh face. We put our decorating skills to the test to come up with a redesign you'll have to see to believe. 

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    Add a Reflection

    A fresh coat of white paint and new hardware brought the hutch up-to-date, but a mercury glass treatment on the glass doors launches the refreshed hutch into one-of-a-kind territory. To create the look, spray the back of the glass with mirror spray paint (we used Krylon Looking Glass) according to the instructions on the paint can; we used five coats. Let dry. In a spray bottle, create a 1:1 vinegar and water mix and spray the painted surface with the mixture. Blot with a rag to remove small patches of paint. Respray with one coat of the mirror paint.

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    How to Reupholster a Chair

    Furnishings with good bones but bad skin can be easily updated with fresh fabric. We show you basic upholstery techniques to get your furniture looking fashionable with this chair upholstery project.
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