Let's say you find an old piece of furniture at your local thrift store: it has great bones but the finish has seen better days (sound familiar?). You know you can do something awesome with it, but what? All-over paint? A new stain? Boring!
Instead, bring it back to life with this colorful, pattern-tastic DIY idea from ModCloth! Whether you choose to go bold or keep it subtle, this technique allows for nearly infinite customization and creativity. Ready to get started? Let's go!
This makeover is kind of a cheat. The previous owners used it at as an office, so that's our 'before' picture. However, that doesn't undermine its lovely makeover. Brecklyn's mommy painted the walls grey three times because she couldn't get the color quite right. When she finally did
Although Deneen isn't a huge fan of yellow, that's the color she decided to paint this sweet little end table. She chose yellow as a tribute to the English royal family, plus she'd seen an influx of bright yellow
Last week we told you all about the magic that's happening in our master bedroom, thanks to Ms. Emily Henderson and the lovely folks at Sherwin-Williams! This week, we're back to give you a little preview of what's in store for the dining room.
But, before we get into the details of our new-and-much-improved dining space, let's take a little trip down memory lane, shall we?
When bought the house, the dining room looked like this...
This dining table was well-made, but the finish had worn out its welcome. Its makeover included a refinish in a darker stain. The slipcovered pair are new IKEA Henriksdal chairs while the other two were rescued from a neighbor's trash. A coat
Lindsay found this old secretary desk on Craigslist for $125. It looks like a quality piece of furniture. Someone may have even paid extra to have a wharf scene etched into the fold-down desk. All in all, it was prime for a makeover, and
Painting furniture is an easy and affordable way to give it a quick makeover, but after decades of facelifts, sometimes you gotta get rid of the paint and start as freshly as possible. This mini-dresser has been mine for an eternity, but now it's time to pass along to my daughter Eleanor for her new adopted bedroom on the 3rd floor.
When I bought this sweet little yellow bistro table a couple years back, I loved it. It was the perfect size for romantic meals under the sky. Then, after the first season, the paint on all three pieces started peeling. See?
I touched it up, with yellow, but I couldn't keep up with the weathering. By the end of the second season, the cheery yellow had turned sickly, powdery yellow. When this spring rolled around I considered replacing the set with something new. That notion lasted about a minute, because, really, it was
This mid-century dining set had a lot of cosmetic issues, but good bones. And priced at just $40 at a yard sale, it was worth trying to bring it back to it's former glory. It's amazing what some sanding and a whole lot of elbow grease can get you.
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My dad was a jack of all trades as far as DIY was concerned. Plumbing, heating, engine repair. He did just about everything. The one thing he rarely did was make furniture. Only two such projects come to mind: a coffee table that was long gone by the time I came around, and there is the bench you see above. Dad's bench, as we refer to it, was never meant to be a 'beauty' piece, but rather a workbench of sorts for my mother.
It went on the auction block when they downsized about 6 years ago. As I stood watching the auctioneer offer up the bench, I decided I couldn't part with it and entered into a heated bidding war with a total stranger. I paid five bucks for it.
For being 60+ years old, it's in pretty good shape, and, thanks to box nails, it's still super sturdy. All it needed was some love and some Moroccan spice.
Admittedly, I'm not a huge fan of the 'before' version of this Heritage table, from Amazon. It feels a little bulky and lacks personality. All that is about to change though because this table just got a face lift. Check out the transformation.
If you're looking for a small table or stand for a couple of knick knacks or spring plants, check out this DIY for converting a rusty plant stand into an end table.
For the full tutorial and more photos, visit Smile and Wave.
We're often sharing makeovers that involve painting pieces of furniture some awesome color or pattern. But what if your furniture is already painted, like this dining table?