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 step by step tutorials to painted furniture makeovers, and some great inspiration. So, what are you doing this weekend?

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Supplies

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

Photo by ‘Centsational Girl‘.

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.

 

Marian at ‘Miss Mustard Seed’ has some amazing painted furniture projects. Ah-Mazing. But this DIY hand painted robins egg blue dresser is heavenly. Spend some time at her site, you will be inspired.

 

This textured panel dresser by ‘Centsational Girl’ is a little different take on the painted project, in that it adds this interesting detail in the panels that makes this project stand out. Great step by step tutorial.

 

This quick and easy vintage furniture makeover took a $10 piece of thrift store furniture and turned it into this glam retro piece that I love! The fretwork is the secret here. By ‘Diva of DIY’.

 

This DIY navy & copper secretary desk from ‘Lily Field Furniture Co.’ is so elegant, with a surprise when you open the desk. So definitely click through and see all the photos, you will love the inside!

 

Lindsay from ‘My Creative Days’ found this curbside dresser that was missing a drawer… so she make it into this awesome DIY bar cart! We love how she repurposed this throw away piece of furniture into something so cool. Love everything about it. Go check out her “before” photo, you will not believe it!

 

Ok, so now you have an old drawer or two left over, right? No problem, ‘Confessions of a Serial DIY’er’ has you covered… How can you not love this DIY drawer shelf?

 

This DIY Ikea dresser hack from ‘How to Nest for Less’ was painted a beautiful coral color, then she added this pretty crystal trim. I could picture this in a powder pink too!

 

Jenna at ‘Rain on a Tin Roof’ is NOT afraid of some bold color! She did this glam dresser makeover with a hot pink paint and some pretty gold hardware. Love it when people are not afraid to use colors they love! The world is not beige and grey folks.

Which is your favorite? Any ideas to share?

Image Credits: How to Nest for Less, Miss Mustard Seed, Centsational Girl, Miss Mustard Seed, Diva of DIY, Lily Field Furniture Co., My Creative Days, Confessions of a Serial DIY'er, Rain on a Tin Roof




12 Comments

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

    Thank you so much for sharing my Fern dresser in your painted furniture projects.
    karin
    http://www.artisbeauty.net

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

      Beautiful furniture project Karin!

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

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

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

      it’s gorgeous!

      Reply
  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

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  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?

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    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!

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

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

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

      No problem!

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

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

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    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!

      Reply

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