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!

These painted furniture pieces would be perfect for any room in your house, whether you’re looking for a rustic feel, modern look, or just something to brighten up the space.

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!

I quickly learned that with a little creativity and some bargain hunting, it was possible to turn our apartment into a functional and adorable space.

So if you’re like us, and you’re working with a small budget but still want to make your living space feel like home, keep reading for some great tips and inspiring furniture makeovers!

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!

Unique Looks and Techniques for Furniture Makeovers

Looking to add a unique touch to your furniture makeovers? There are many different techniques you can try, such as:

  • Stenciling: Use stencils to create patterns or designs on your furniture. This is a great way to add some visual interest and personality to a piece.
  • Decoupage: Cut out images or use paper patterns to create a decoupage effect on your furniture. This is a fun and easy way to add some color and texture.
  • Distressing: Sand down the edges or corners of your furniture piece to create a worn, vintage look. This works especially well with shabby chic or farmhouse styles.
  • Mix and match colors: For a fun and eclectic look, try mixing and matching different paint colors on your furniture. You can go for the tried and tested combos like black and white or experiment with bold and unexpected color pairs.

Here’s all about stenciling furniture and distressing furniture. You can also check out our tutorial on how to decoupage furniture with rice paper if you want to try out decoupage!

Most recommended tools for furniture makeovers

If you’re new to DIY furniture makeovers, there are a few tools that can make the process easier and give you better results. Some recommended tools are:

  • Sandpaper: Before painting or staining furniture, it’s important to sand down the surface to create a smooth and even base. Sandpaper comes in different grits, with lower grit numbers being more coarse and higher numbers being finer. For furniture projects, start with rough sandpaper and work your way up to a finer grit for the best results.
  • Paintbrushes: Good quality paintbrushes are a must for furniture makeovers. They make painting smoother and reduce visible brush strokes. Opt for brushes with synthetic bristles for better paint retention and a nicer finish.
  • Paint sprayer: If you want to paint furniture without brush marks, this is the way to go. While not necessary, investing in a paint sprayer can make furniture makeovers much faster and easier. You also get a smoother and more professional finish with a paint sprayer, so it’s definitely worth considering.

Our post on furniture painting tools and supplies tackles this topic in more detail so check it out!

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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