We all have those old, boring, or even damaged furniture pieces that we are tired of looking at. Instead of replacing them with newer models, you can use paint to update and freshen your furniture, and it isn’t a difficult project! Painted furniture adds color and style to a room without having to repaint the walls, and gives the furniture pieces themselves unique personality. You can paint existing furniture, or scout out the thrift shops and second hand stores for some sturdy pieces that just need a little love… Here are some easy step by steps to painting furniture, and some great inspiration. So, what are you doing this weekend?



  • Paint
  • Primer
  • Fine Sandpaper
  • Roller or  brush (We prefer a roller for smooth surfaces, such as a tablet top)


Prepare a work area, either outdoors, or a tarp in a well ventilated area, such as a garage.

Lightly sand the furniture piece, then wipe down with a soft cloth.

Apply a coat of primer. Let dry as recommended on can. Repeat if necessary.

Allow the primer to dry thoroughly, then lightly sand again, and wipe off with cloth. Roll or brush on your chosen paint color. Let dry. Repeat.

Thats it! There are numerous special paint treatments and looks, and below we’ve tried to give you not only some inspiration, but some links to some good instruction on how to achieve them. Most of all, enjoy showing off your creative side.


This painted dresser becomes a pretty cool sideboard with some fantastic blue paint, a little paper on the doors, and some new hardware.

Painted dresser


We love this fern painted dresser… this one was handpainted by artists, but the complete DIY is at Art is Beauty. For you non-artists, how about a stencil, or even a peel and stick?

Painted dresser


The Sassy Pepper has this great project for re-painting an old thrift style dining set… She used great paint, and little distressing and a happy, modern print fabric for the seat covers.

Painted dining set


The Lily Pad Cottage offers us a tutorial on how to use chalk paint… In case you haven’t heard of chalk paint, its one of the easiest ways to get a distressed furniture look, and apparently there is no sanding or priming needed! Gotta love that!

Chalk paint furniture


Lastly, these DIY gold dipped barstools from Clever Crafts just go to show that little details make a big difference.

Painted barstools

 Which is your favorite? Any ideas to share?

Image Credits: Mustard Seed, BHG, rt is Beauty, Sassy Pepper, Lily Pad Cottage, Clever Crafts


  1. karin October 25, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing my Fern dresser in your painted furniture projects.

    1. Kathy Woodard November 3, 2013 at 11:25 am

      Beautiful furniture project Karin!

    2. Robin Payne January 21, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      I love it! Can you tell me the color you used?
      Thank you,Robin

    3. Deborah M February 27, 2017 at 9:47 am

      it’s gorgeous!

  2. Dody Nettles December 18, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I absolutely love the dress in the pin, the one with the crate on it that says ” you have my whole heart, for my whole life”. You you please tell the techingue and colors that you use. It is awesome!

    Thank you
    Dody Nettles

  3. Debbie December 25, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    That is a dresser painted by Marion of Miss Mustard Seed. I do not see where you mentioned that. Correct?

    1. Kathy Woodard January 1, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      Hi Debbie! The credits are at the bottom of the page for Marion, as they would be on a magazine page… Thanks for being concerned about her work, as we always want the artists and bloggers we feature to get proper credit!

  4. Debbie December 25, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Sorry, I see at the bottom you gave her credit. My bad.

    1. Kathy Woodard January 1, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      No problem!

  5. Mary February 21, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    What was the color used on the side board? Love it…

    1. Kathy Woodard March 24, 2016 at 9:14 am

      I’m afraid it’s a Better Homes and Gardens projects,so I couldn’t tell you! You can have a paint or home improvement store color match almost anything though!Take your phone or tablet in and show them!


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