Great ideas to help you save money on furniture!
My favorite DIY home projects are always furniture makeovers. I love them! I’m always impressed by the transformation.
I’ve spent the last two decades of my married life scouting out second hand furniture; looking for that special piece of furniture that I can turn into a thing of beauty. I shop garage/yard sales, flea markets, and antique shops for unique pieces of furniture. When friends visit my home, they usually spot a certain piece of furniture they like, and then my favorite thing in the world is telling them how much I paid for it! Their faces usually light up!
Coffee Table Makeover
This table cost me $25 at a garage sale.
This table was fine like it was, but we recently gave our living room a makeover, so I decided this table needed a makeover as well. If you need inspiration, there are many different painted furniture ideas on Pinterest.
Garage Sale Find
If you haven’t become addicted to garage sales, here is a little temptation!
This table was a steal at a garage sale for $5. I really wanted to create a unique look, so I decided to cover the top of this table with drapery fabric.
This first thing to do was paint the table. I purchased Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint in the color “Typewriter”.
Milk paint is wonderful because it comes in powder form, and you just add water. That way, you can mix whatever amount is necessary. My favorite thing about milk paint is it doesn’t require your furniture to be sanded or stripped. You just start painting! Love it!
The first thing I did was cut a piece of fabric to fit the top of the table. I applied Mod Podge to the top of the table and then pressed the fabric on firmly removing any wrinkles.
Once the Mod Podge was dry, I applied Miniwax polyurethane in clear gloss. I applied three coats to the top of the table.
The polyurethane darkened the fabric and created a distinctive look! Applying three coats of polyurethane to the top of the table insured durability and no coasters would be needed! Make sure you allow each coat to completely dry before applying the next coat.
I have really fallen in love with industrial style furniture! This table was going to be used in our bonus room, so this style would be perfect. I purchased belt trim and brushed nickle nail heads from the fabric store.
The belt trim was cut to fit around the table, I applied it using hot glue.
A small piece of cardboard became the template for spacing the nail heads.
Perfect fit next to the couch!
Small Little Dresser
I found this little dresser at a local shop. The top needed some repair work, but because I was going to paint it, that wasn’t going to be a problem.
I gave the dresser two coats of chalk paint. Then antiqued it with acrylic paint, using the color called “burnt umber”. I hand painted a small design on the front doors, then gave everything a coat of polyurethane.
The last thing was to paint the drawer knobs with two coats of acrylic paint. After it was dry, I sanded it off in places to give it an antique look, then coated the knobs with polyurethane.
Master Bedroom Furniture Makeovers
This dresser had been painted and distressed, but it was in need of a lighter and cleaner look.
Two coats of white latex paint, and new drawer pulls made a world of difference!
I found these drawer pulls at Hobby Lobby.
This beautiful piece is in my guest room. I love the drawer pulls!
Outdoor Furniture Makeover
I’ve become best friends with Rust-Oleum spray paint. This outdoor furniture was painted with Rust-Oleum’s hammered metal paint in the color bronze.
Log Cabin Furniture
This dark wood antique furniture did nothing for the room. So, I broke out the paint!
The blue really stands out against the wood walls!
These are some wonderful examples of turning something dull and boring into sensational! Look for the diamond in the rough.
Remember, a little bit of paint goes a really long, long way! Furniture makeovers are not only rewarding, but fabulous on a girl’s pocketbook!