We all have those old, boring, or even damaged furniture pieces that we are tired of looking at. Instead of replacing them with newer models, you can use paint to update and freshen your furniture, and it isn’t a difficult project! Painted furniture adds color and style to a room without having to repaint the walls, and gives the furniture pieces themselves unique personality. You can paint existing furniture, or scout out the thrift shops and second hand stores for some sturdy pieces that just need a little love… Here are some step by step tutorials to easy painted furniture ideas & projects, and some great inspiration. So, what are you doing this weekend?
Painted Furniture How To – Supplies
- Fine Sandpaper
- Roller or brush (We prefer a roller for smooth surfaces, such as a tablet top)
Photo by ‘Centsational Girl‘.
Basic Steps on How to Paint Furniture
- Prepare a work area, either outdoors, or a tarp in a well ventilated area, such as a garage.
- Lightly sand the furniture piece, then wipe down with a soft cloth.
- Apply a coat of primer. Let dry as recommended on can. Repeat if necessary.
- Allow the primer to dry thoroughly, then lightly sand again, and wipe off with cloth. Roll or brush on your chosen paint color. Let dry. Repeat.
- Thats it! There are numerous special paint treatments and looks, and below we’ve tried to give you not only some inspiration, but some links to some good instruction on how to achieve them. Most of all, enjoy showing off your creative side.
Painted Furniture Ideas & Projects
You’re going to find that most of these projects are dressers. There just seems to be so much you can do with old dressers! So lets get started with our first makeover.
Marian at ‘Miss Mustard Seed‘ has some amazing painted furniture projects. Ah-Mazing. But this DIY hand painted robins egg blue dresser is heavenly. Spend some time at her site, you will be inspired.
Another version from ‘Miss Mustard Seed’.
This textured panel dresser by ‘Centsational Girl‘ is a little different take on the painted project, in that it adds this interesting detail in the panels that makes this project stand out. Great step by step tutorial.
This quick and easy vintage furniture makeover took a $10 piece of thrift store furniture and turned it into this glam retro piece that I love! The fretwork is the secret here. By ‘Diva of DIY‘.
This DIY navy & copper secretary desk from ‘Lily Field Furniture Co.‘ is one of our favorite painted furniture makeovers! It is so elegant, with a surprise when you open the desk. So definitely click through and see all the photos, you will love the inside!
Lindsay from ‘My Creative Days‘ found this curbside dresser that was missing a drawer… so she make it into this awesome DIY bar cart! We love how she repurposed this throw away piece of furniture into something so cool. Love everything about it. Go check out her “before” photo, you will not believe it!
Don’t you love these painted furniture ideas? Ok, so now you have an old drawer or two left over, right? No problem, ‘Confessions of a Serial DIY’er‘ has you covered… How can you not love this DIY drawer shelf?
This DIY Ikea dresser hack from ‘How to Nest for Less‘ was painted a beautiful coral color, then she added this pretty crystal trim. I could picture this in a powder pink too!
Jenna at ‘Rain on a Tin Roof‘ is NOT afraid of some bold color! She did this glam dresser makeover with a hot pink paint and some pretty gold hardware. Love it when people are not afraid to use colors they love! The world is not beige and grey folks.
Got leftover paint? Then check out out post at TBD on Simple Things to Paint Around the House when you have just a quart!
You might also want to check our post on 16 DIY Headboard Projects and How to Reupholster a Chair on TBD, and this post on DIY Outdoor Patio Furniture Plans & Ideas on our sister site The Garden Glove!