Looking to redecorate your home or bedroom on a small budget? You’ve come to the right place! Update your old furniture, or find a cheap piece of furniture at the thrift store to upcycle for your home. Here are our best furniture makeover ideas!

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furniture makeover ideas on a budget with before and after of cabinet makeover

When I got married, I was really young, just barely in college and we didn’t have any money to spend on decorating our little apartment.

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But, we still needed to make it functional, and I wanted it to be cute if I could!

Decorating on a Budget

I learned a thing or two from growing up in a DIY home, so we went to the thrift store and found an old dresser that had a broken corner and sticky drawers.

It was $30 and it was going to be our new tv stand. We took it home, painted it black and my dad helped me fix the broken corner.

We got a couch from a family member and put a baggy slipcover over it to cover the pastel floral fabric, and hung up a few decorations that my mom passed on to me.

It was so. much. fun and so fulfilling to create our own space with a very small budget. Fast forward, I still haven’t bought a new piece of furniture for my home.

The first tv stand/dresser got switched out with a larger version, and then when we moved across the country, I found an old buffet to make into a TV stand.

Every single piece of furniture in our home has been a thrift find. A used piece of furniture that I painted or refinished to match my style.

You don’t need a lot of know-how to paint or makeover a piece of furniture.

Follow this guide to learn how to paint furniture properly (you know, so the paint doesn’t easily scratch off), and then let your imagination go wild!

Selling our Furniture Makeovers

A few years after we were married I decided to quit my lame job and start painting and selling furniture.

I needed an outlet to be creative, and I wanted to be able to be a stay at home mom when that time came.

So I learned how to paint furniture the right way. I learned new paint techniques like glazing, dry brushing, white washing, antiquing, distressing, etc. I started in 2014, and I’ve learned so much!

I started out with a super cheap paintbrush (from the dollar store) and a can of homemade chalk paint.

But I hated the brush marks that were left in the finish, so I slowly upgraded my tools until I invested in a professional paint sprayer.

So most of my furniture makeover ideas are painted with a paint sprayer. But wait! Don’t make that stop you!

You can create beautiful pieces of furniture with a cheap paintbrush and some paint! I link the paint colors and the other products used in each post so you can recreate the look yourself!

(Check out this post if you want to learn more about painting furniture with a paint sprayer!)

Let’s dive in!

Our Best Furniture Makeover Ideas!

4 Different Ways to Add Legs to Furniture

The next 4 furniture makeover ideas are all about legs! Learn how to add metal hairpin legs to a dresser, or how to add bun feet to a dresser in a couple of different ways.

What is the Best Paint for Furniture Makeovers?

Honestly, the best paint for your furniture makeover… well it depends. What style of finish do you want? Modern? Farmhouse? Distressed? Blended colors? Chippy? High Gloss?

Choose the style of finish that you want, and then you can easily pick which paint to use for your next furniture makeover.

I’ve put together a great guide on the best paint to use on furniture so you can easily pick your paint!

Where to Buy Good Quality Furniture for Cheap

The best places really depend on your area. So you’ll have to do a little bit of digging in your local town to see what places have the best quality used furniture for cheap.

I created this list of places to find and get good furniture for cheap. These are the places that I look at when I’m trying to find my next DIY furniture project. Can’t wait to see what you create!

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