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67 Furniture "Before and Afters" That'll Totally Inspire You

The ultimate roundup of furniture "Before & Afters" to inspire you!

I love a good before-and-after, don't you? There's so much satisfaction in taking a sad roadside find or cheap garage sale rescue and totally transforming it into something new and different. We've rounded up some of our favorite furniture makeovers to inspire you to either start that upholstery project, get out the spray paint, or hit up this weekend's local yard sale scene. From dressers to dining tables, here are some of our favorite furniture makeovers.           
 

Do furniture makeovers inspire you? What gets you hyped up to DIY? Let us know in the comments!

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SOFAS

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Couch makeover via My Melodrama
Photo: My Melodrama

Let's start this list of furniture makeovers strong with a millennial pink makeover from My Melodrama. This look was achieved by dyeing a slipcover.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Couch makeover via Kara Paslay Design
Photo: Kara Paslay Design

This couch will have you thinking that the grass is greener, but you can get this look too. Kara Paslay Design shows us how to dye a couch's existing fabric without needing to remove it.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Couch makeover via Retro Den
Photo: Retro Den

If you've never reupholstered a piece of furniture before, this show-stopper from Retro Den will have you wanting to.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Couch makeover via Jupe du Jour
Photo: Jupe du Jour

If recovering an entire couch is just too large of a commitment, Jupe du Jour shows us how to quickly update drab cushions by adding some buttons.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Sarah Ruhe's chaise makeover via Apartment Therapy
Photo: Sarah Ruhe via  Apartment Therapy

Have you ever seen a prettier chaise lounge?? The mixture of color and fabric sure inspires me! (This one's at Apartment Therapy.)

 


DINING TABLES

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Dining set makeover via The Crazy Craft Lady
Photo: The Crazy Craft Lady

Concrete and paint brought these mismatched pieces together in thhis DIY by The Crazy Craft Lady.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Dining set makeover via Design, Dining and Diapers
Photo: Design, Dining and Diapers

Design, Dining and Diapers demonstrates how to create the classic farmhouse table look to give your dining area a stylized appearance. 

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Table makeover via Addicted 2 Decorating
Photo: Addicted 2 Decorating 

These contrasting tones from Addicted 2 Decorating make me want to find a thrifted table ASAP!

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Dining set makeover via Happiness is Creating
Photo: Happiness is Creating

Happiness is Creating shows how bright color mixed with traditional finishes can take a dining set from boring to bold.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Folding table makeover via Find It, Fix It or Build It
Photo: Find It, Fix It or Build It

This before-and-after one of the most mind-blowing on this furniture makeovers list. Find It, Fix It or Build It has turned a very generic folding table into a wood-topped dining space.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Table makeover via Centsational Girl
Photo: Centsational Girl

Centsational Girl reminds us that sometimes all you need is a new coat of paint.

 


DESKS

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Desk makeover from Love Grows Wild
Photo: Love Grows Wild

What a happy color! This mint-makeover was found on Love Grows Wild.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Desk makeover from Naptime Decorator
Photo: Naptime Decorator

A $10 desk gets a spray paint makeover over at Naptime Decorator.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Desk makeover from Our Nest in the City
Photo: Our Nest in the City

This desk (found literally on the side of the road) is totally facelifted on Our Nest in the City.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Desk makeover from That Winsome Girl
Photo: That Winsome Girl

That Winsome Girl polished the brass fixtures on this desk to get them to shine.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Desk makeover from Picked and Painted
Photo: Picked and Painted

The contrast of painted and stained wood is a classic way to redo a thrift-store-find (via Picked and Painted).

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Desk makeover from A Girl & a Glue Gun
Photo: A Girl & a Glue Gun

A Girl & a Glue Gun courageously uses yellow spray paint to make this desk redo a reality.

 


SIDE TABLES

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Side table makeover from Pillar Box Blue
Photo: Pillar Box Blue

Sometimes an old table just needs a theme. In this case, Pillar Box Blue went with pineapples!

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Nightstand makeover from The Weathered Door
Photo: The Weathered Door

A little paint can take a piece of furniture from one decade to another - like these mid-mod nightstands from The Weathered Door.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Side table makeover from The Clever Bunny
Photo: The Clever Bunny

The Clever Bunny is clever indeed, turning a clothing hamper into a table!

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Nightstand makeover from Curbly
Photo: Curbly

We turned this nightstand into a tech-friendly bedside charging station. See this makeover here.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Side table makeover from Everyday Originals
Photo: Everyday Originals

Everyday Originals implements the classic white-and-gold combination with this makeover.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Nightstand makeover from Visual Heart.
Photo: Visual Heart

A good choice of hardware (plus some paint) makes this nightstand from Visual Heart unrecognizable. 

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Nightstand makeover from Number Fifty-Three
Photo: Number Fifty-Three

Sometimes a piece just needs a little TLC, as seen in this nightstand makeover from Number Fifty-Three.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Side table makeover from Curbly
Photo: Curbly

A pop of paint brings this sad table to life (via Curbly)!

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Side table makeover from Curbly
Photo: Curbly

From Curbly, pink gets patterned to add some flair to this teeny table.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Side table makeover by The Painted Hive
Photo: The Painted Hive

The Painted Hive totally turns a blah side table into one with specimen drawers. 

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Side table makeover from Curbly
Photo: Curbly

Talk about transformation; here at Curbly we turned a literal stump into a side table with wheels!

 


CHAIRS

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Chair makeover via Love Grows Wild
Photo: Love Grows Wild

Office furniture is usually boring, but Love Grows Wild knew how to fix that problem. The before looks like it could be found in any office anywhere. The after is just adorable.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Chair makeover via My Poppet Makes
Photo: My Poppet Makes

How cute is this cross-stitch work from My Poppet Makes

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Chair makeover via Dream Green DIY
Photo: Dream Green DIY

Dream Green DIY saw potential in this seater and gave it a blushing facelift with spray paint.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Chair makeover via Hearts and Sharts
Photo: Hearts and Sharts

A good pattern is key when picking upholstery fabric, as shown in these furniture makeovers from Hearts and Sharts.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Chair makeover via Dream a Little Bigger
Photo: Dream a Little Bigger

Gold paint is at it again! This chair from Dream a Little Bigger gets a vinyl facelift too!

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Chair makeover via Sincerely, Kinsey
Photo: Sincerely, Kinsey

No seat? No problem. Sincerely, Kinsey shows us how to add a new one by weaving.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Stool makeover via Cuckoo 4 Design
Photo: Cuckoo 4 Design

Cuckoo 4 Design takes some bland bar stools up a notch with spray paint and tape.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Chair makeover from Cat Sieh via Apartment Therapy
Photo: Cat Sieh via  Apartment Therapy

This "before" chair (via Apartment Therapy) had seen its fair share of kitty-cat scratching. The "after" is a totally new seat!

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Chair makeover via Design Sponge
Photo: Design Sponge

Design Sponge takes a boring wooden dining chair and turns it trendy with this ombré painting effect. 

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Chair makeover from Curbly
Photo: Curbly

We at Curbly took a bland all-white chair and added a hand-painted pattern.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Chair makeover via HouseNerd
Photo: HouseNerd

HouseNerd takes solid wood and makes it two-toned.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Chair makeover via Curbly
Photo: Curbly

This Curbly makeover involved entirely stripping an old coat of paint in order to start anew.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Little Green Notebook
Photo: Little Green Notebook

Little Green Notebook makes their own pattern with a marker! Genius.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Chair makeover via We Can Make Anything
Photo: We Can Make Anything

Did you know you can paint vinyl? We Can Make Anything has the scoop.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Stool makeover via Honeybear Lane
Photo: Honeybear Lane

Honeybear Lane doesn't hold back with jewel tones and glam gold.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Chair makeover via School of Decorating
Photo: School of Decorating

This before picture shows an O.K. seat. The after is inspiring! (via School of Decorating)

 

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Chair makeover via Kara Paslay Design
Photo: Kara Paslay Design

Kara Paslay Design is at it again with a two-toned dye job.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Chair makeover via All Things Thrifty
Photo: All Things Thrifty

All Things Thrifty gets creative and uses decoupage to change the face of this seat.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Chair makeover via We Can Make Anything
Photo: We Can Make Anything

Out with the old and in with the new on this re-upholstery job from We Can Make Anything.

 


DRESSERS

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Dresser makeover via Design Sponge
Photo: Design Sponge

Design Sponge adds slats and leather pulls to bring this dresser into the present.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Dresser makeover via A Cup of Life
Photo: A Cup of Life

This is one of my favorite makeovers in the list - A Cup of Life balances wood stain and paint, making this unique masterpiece. 

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Dresser makeover via Tatertots and Jello
Photo: Tatertots and Jello

Tatertots and Jello gave this dresser a literal facelift. 

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Dresser makeover via Vintage Revivals
Photo: Vintage Revivals

Sometimes what is most inspiring is seeing how a little elbow grease and care can refresh an old piece of furniture (as seen on Vintage Revivals).

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Dresser makeover via Uniquely Chic Furniture
Photo: Uniquely Chic Furniture

Uniquely Chic Furniture uses lace as a stencil to give this piece a shabby chic look.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Dresser makeover via Curbly
Photo: Curbly

This dresser (found here on Curbly) gets gold-leafed.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Dresser makeover via My Sister's Suitcase
Photo: My Sister's Suitcase

My Sister's Suitcase adds metal faceplates to this dresser.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Dresser makeover via Instructables
Photo: Instructables

If you conveniently (and legally) find yourself in the possession of lots of road signs, you can do what they did over at Instructables.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Dresser makeover via Grosgrain Fab
Photo: Grosgrain Fab

Want some extra details? Grosgrain Fab implements overlays in this redo.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Dresser makeover via Sarah M. Dorsey Designs
Photo: Sarah M. Dorsey Designs

Coral strikes again! Sometimes the best option is to go bold, as seen on the Sarah M. Dorsey Designs blog.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Dresser makeover via Zilverblauw
Photo: Zilverblauw

This yellow makeover from Zilverblauw is perfect for a kids room.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Dresser makeover via So Resourceful
Photo: So Resourceful

So Resourceful paints all the colors of the pastel rainbow to create a bright piece perfect for kids' clothing.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Dresser makeover via Camille Styles
Photo: Camille Styles

New hardware and a thoughtful paint job make this after photo unrecognizable from the before (via Camille Styles).

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Dresser makeover via A Vintage Splendor
Photo: A Vintage Splendor

A Vintage Splendor thinks outside the box by changing not only the hardware, but also the legs of this IKEA dresser. 

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Dresser makeover via Frills and Drills
Photo: Frills and Drills

Frills and Drills goes from wood to white.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Dresser makeover via Design Sponge
Photo: Design Sponge

A bit of contrasting colors in this classic mid-modern dresser via Design Sponge has me wanting to go thrifting.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Dresser makeover via The Weathered Door
Photo: The Weathered Door

More inspiration from The Weathered Door!

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Dresser makeover via Saw Nail & Paint
Photo: Saw Nail & Paint

Saw Nail & Paint mixes not only types of finishes but also drawer pulls.

 

67 Furniture Makeovers That'll Totally Inspire You: Dresser makeover via This Old House
Photo: This Old House

We close out our list of furniture makeovers with one from This Old House. Olive green and wood tone compliment each other with shiny new knobs.

 


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Lisa Miller-Mecham on Jun 20, 2017:

I can't believe how awesome these are! The sofas are especially amazing! I'm totally doing this!


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