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!
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.
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 a 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.
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!
This mustard yellow dresser was such a fun easy project! From the powdered milk paint, to the way it chipped, and those stained legs! Here's how to create your own DIY painted chippy farmhouse dresser.
Is Behr chalk paint and Behr chalk paint wax any good?! We tested them out on this mini buffet makeover. So here’s our Behr Chalk Paint Review and details on how we used the Behr chalk paint and wax on a furniture makeover.
There’s nothing like revealing raw wood from underneath old wood stain. Whether you’re looking to refinish your furniture or leave the furniture in a raw wood style finish, here are our best tips for how to remove wood stain from furniture!
Today I’m sharing how to add legs to furniture, specifically this lane cedar chest. There are all sorts of ways to add legs, depending on what your furniture looks like on the bottom. But here's how we went about adding legs to a cedar chest.
Changing drawer pulls is the easiest way to update and change the look of your furniture! These DIY leather pulls are super easy to make and can fit any weird hole spacing, so you don’t have to fill in the old hardware holes!
These antique buffets are some of my very favorite pieces of furniture to paint! I love keeping those long turned legs in a stained wood finish and painting the rest. Here's the Dark Green Buffet Makeover!
Give your kitchen table a whole new look by removing the old stain. With a little bit of patience and elbow grease, you can turn your old worn out dining table into a stunning farmhouse table. Here's how to strip a kitchen table.
Want to paint floral designs on your painted furniture, without all the hassle of actually painting?? Check out these super easy furniture transfers that completely transform a piece of furniture! Here's how to apply furniture transfers!
Don't mess around with other black furniture paints like chalk paint or milk paint that are a pain to topcoat! This is the best black furniture paint if you want a nice smooth satin finish on your wood furniture!
Who doesn’t love these little upcycled benches made out of old vintage beds? They are perfect as a porch bench, or as an entryway bench. This one, in particular, was made into the perfect red porch bench. Here is How to Make a Bench from a Headboard and Footboard.
I’m so excited to share how to turn a dresser to tv stand for your farmhouse style living room. (We removed some of the drawers and made them into shelves for the elctronics!) Then I’ll show how to give your painted furniture an antiqued finish with furniture glaze that also deepens the color for a unique painted finish. We also refinished the top in a fresh wood finish!
How to easily makeover your old thrifted furniture into card catalog / apothecary style nightstands for your farmhouse style bedroom. With a router and card catalog hardware, we easily transformed this Ethan Allen Chest of Drawers into an Apothecary Style Dresser.
Turn your old dresser into something you will love with this step by step tutorial on how to paint furniture with chalk paint, and how to glaze over chalk paint! Here’s the Blue Painted Dresser Makeover!
Don’t pass up old desks or vanities at thrift stores! After they are separated, they make the perfect size nightstands for a small bedroom. These nightstands are also the perfect height next to a bed! Here’s how to DIY those old pieces of furniture into two farmhouse nightstands.
We found these vintage nightstands with amazing drawer fronts that resemble the ever so popular apothecary or card catalog style. We knew that we had to have them just because of that! But they came with one downside, they were pretty short! Bummer. With some help from the circular saw, some new legs we were able to transform these old nightstands into an amazing one of a kind set!
Do you have a small bedroom with hardly any room for nightstands beside your bed? If so, you’re not alone! Most vintage nightstands are short and wide, taking up too much space for those tight bedrooms, and then they end up being shorter than the bed! Thankfully there is another solution! Turn an old vanity into nightstands!
Is your furniture too short? Adding legs to a dresser not only adds height, it gives a modern touch to your old furniture. Learn how to EASILY add legs to dressers, my favorite place to get legs for a dresser, and how to quickly modify your dresser so you can put those legs on.
Do you remember when woodshop was a typical class in every high school? Back in the day, my husband LOVED going to his woodshop class. He built this gun cabinet there, and now I’ve turned it into a farmhouse cabinet. Learn how to turn an old gun cabinet into a farmhouse cabinet!
Thrift stores are so hit and miss. Most are overpriced, but I still have the hardest time driving by without stopping. Every once in a while I find an amazing deal, or just the piece I was looking for and it makes all of those extra trips inside worth it. These once ugly arm chairs were one of those finds!
Stop painting the same thing over and over. This unique stenciled furniture finish will set your painted furniture apart from the rest in no time! Check out this must see tutorial on how to stencil furniture with a distressed raised texture.
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.