Today we’re counting down my favorite furniture makeover projects! It’s truly incredible what a difference a coat of paint or a new seat cushion can make for a piece of furniture. The word of the day is “potential.” You can save so much money by buying second hand furniture with plenty of potential and upcycling it to look exactly the way you want it to. Looking through these DIY furniture projects has inspired me to want to do my own furniture makeover! It’s officially been added to my bucket list. For now I’ll hold off on planning out my own furniture makeover, and instead let all of you know my top 20 favorite furniture makeovers. There are so many great ways to upcycle furniture; you can repaint, restain, reupholster, refinish, and add accessories to make what was old brand new.
The projects below vary greatly in time and experience needed. I like to think of the more difficult ones as projects for future-, more talented-me. I’m sure present-me could handle some of the easier projects. Honestly, how hard can painting a side table be? I feel that’s within my range of ability. Reupholstering chairs, on the other hand, is currently beyond me. Still, I like learning new things so I’m sure I’ll figure it out eventually. So, without further adieu, a countdown of 20 of my favorite furniture makeover projects!
20 Furniture Makeovers That Will Inspire the DIY’er in You
Who doesn’t love a good IKEA hack? Also, as the title suggests, this project has the benefit of simplicity. Present-me could totally accomplish this DIY project.
Remember that word of the day? This project isn’t particularly interesting, but it is useful, and it has tons of potential. Knowing me I’d pick some crazy colors or patterns for my reupholster project.
Yes, another IKEA hack. What can I say, IKEA furniture has so much… well, you know.
I have a few old trunks like this back home, and I have to say, I’d never think to spray paint them. I must admit though, it’s a good look.
Potential! I bet you’re already sick of this word, but it’s so true. Learning a painting technique like distressing opens so many interesting possibilities for furniture.
All that glitters may not be gold, but I’ll take the affordable knock-off any day. Either way, this side table looks fancy and weighs a lot less than actual gold.
14. Dresser Makeover
This is a fun twist on the simple paint job. I love the rich red color and the texturing accomplished from the distressing with a dark glaze over top.
Did I mention I like red? This project does a great job of repurposing a furniture piece with family history. Plus, the color is so cheery.
This project gets extra points for fashion and function. The oil cloth seats look fabulous with the black chair and are easy to clean and maintain!
This project is so quaint. I love the idea of adding the wire screen door to a bookshelf. I’ll definitely be stealing this in the future, when I actually own a place to fill with my DIY furniture projects.
You may have noticed a trend by now…I love bright, vibrant colors! The combination of the bright purple with the floral seat on this chair is right up my alley,
I know what you’re thinking: you can paint velvet?! Crazy, right? Bringing back our word of the day, I just love how much potential this project has for my future velvet furniture.
As much as I love colors, I can still appreciate a classy black every now and again. This project gets point for delivering the class on a budget.
How many times have you seen old jewelry going for less than a dollar at a second hand store? I certainly have every time I enter one. This project is a great way to use it!
Flashback to my all that glitters is not gold comment, I never would have guessed this drawer wasn’t made with real leather from looking at the picture. I always appreciate an affordable look-a-like.
I just love everything about this project. The white exterior with the yellow interior, the blue knobs, the round mirror, it all just works to well together!
You really need to see the before picture to truly appreciate this transformation. It looked scary (the cobwebs covering it and my fear of spiders likely contribute to this impression) and now it looks beautiful!
This furniture makeover is truly beautiful. I didn’t realize what a great idea painting fabric was until I saw this project. I plan to ask my very talented artist friend to help me out on a project like this someday.
The different colored stripes on this project really sold it for me. Plus, I already have an old card table in mind that would greatly benefit from a project like this.
Honestly, the title says it all. I am utterly amazed by this project transformation. I can only hope that future-me will someday be this talented.
That’s it! My top 20 furniture makeover projects. I hope you feel inspired to go out and start saving second hand furniture that’s full of potential!