Painted Furniture Ideas & Projects

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 Makeover Projects


Painted Furniture How To – Supplies


  • Paint
  • Primer
  • 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!

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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs:, and

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.


  1. Mary
    February 21, 2016 / 12:34 pm

    What was the color used on the side board? Love it…

    • Kathy Woodard
      March 24, 2016 / 9:14 am

      I’m afraid it’s a Better Homes and Gardens projects,so I couldn’t tell you! You can have a paint or home improvement store color match almost anything though!Take your phone or tablet in and show them!

  2. Debbie
    December 25, 2013 / 8:34 pm

    Sorry, I see at the bottom you gave her credit. My bad.

    • Kathy Woodard
      January 1, 2014 / 4:16 pm

      No problem!

  3. Debbie
    December 25, 2013 / 8:24 pm

    That is a dresser painted by Marion of Miss Mustard Seed. I do not see where you mentioned that. Correct?

    • Kathy Woodard
      January 1, 2014 / 4:15 pm

      Hi Debbie! The credits are at the bottom of the page for Marion, as they would be on a magazine page… Thanks for being concerned about her work, as we always want the artists and bloggers we feature to get proper credit!

  4. Dody Nettles
    December 18, 2013 / 1:01 pm

    I absolutely love the dress in the pin, the one with the crate on it that says ” you have my whole heart, for my whole life”. You you please tell the techingue and colors that you use. It is awesome!

    Thank you
    Dody Nettles

  5. karin
    October 25, 2013 / 2:06 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing my Fern dresser in your painted furniture projects.

    • Kathy Woodard
      November 3, 2013 / 11:25 am

      Beautiful furniture project Karin!

    • Robin Payne
      January 21, 2017 / 6:57 pm

      I love it! Can you tell me the color you used?
      Thank you,Robin

    • Deborah M
      February 27, 2017 / 9:47 am

      it’s gorgeous!

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