26 Clever Ways To Makeover All The Old Furniture In Your Home
Including clever IKEA hacks, paint transformations, and impactful hardware additions.
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Resurface the laminate countertop of a vanity or kitchen top with a
granite-look paint kit that requires a little patience and a whole lot less $$$ than a granite estimate.
Promising review: "So after we got a couple bids to get new countertops, and they came in from $1200 to $1400 for basic laminate, we figured this would be worth a shot. It took some time, but it turned out GREAT!!! Everybody can't believe it's not real granite or at least brand new laminate. I'd recommend this product to anybody — after six months, it is holding up great and still looks new, with no chips or scratches. Spend $80, not $1000+. Try it!" — Jake
Watch the full tutorial from Giani on YouTube
Get a large kit (enough for a kitchen) from Amazon for
Or, cover tabletops, drawer fronts, bookshelf backs, and other flat surfaces with
marble contact paper for a ~luxurious~ refresh.
Promising review: "This is seriously so worth it! It's amazing quality and a really good price! Definitely going to buy more!" — N
Get a 15.9" x 6.5' roll from Amazon for
old wicker bench a new life as something that looks like it costs $500 at Anthropologie. On sale.
Toss a small
faux-fur rug over an old chair or the back of a couch to give it a glam makeover.
Promising review: "Worth every penny. Super soft and seems to be of relatively high quality for such a low price. I ordered two rugs for the chairs in the photos and these fit the contours and shapes of the chairs perfectly. The faux-leather backing prevents slipping and sliding. These rugs aren't overly thick, but still soft and add a nice, comfortable feel to my plastic chairs. Feline and human approved. I highly recommend if you're looking for a faux sheepskin rug at a good price. (Though the 'sheepskin' texture is more like fur than wool). They are just what I was looking for!" — Amazon Customer
Get it from Amazon for
$19.99+ (available in five colors, four sizes).
Make a piece of
old laminate furniture look like a refurbished gem you paid way too much for on Etsy with a paint refresher.
Screw on some
casters to make a table or shelf mobile.
Just make sure that you buy the correct-size casters for the size and weight of your piece of furniture.
Get a 12-pack of coasters with breaks from Amazon for
Or, swap out
table legs for ones that come with casters.
Read the full tutorial from Hello Lidy
Get a 45-yard roll of painter's tape from Amazon for
Add a peel-and-stick
chalkboard panel to make any surface writable for weekly menus, chores lists, and more.
Promising review: "I cut a piece and put it on the inside of a kitchen cabinet and write down what is in the fridge to eat or cook because my family is famous for just standing there at the fridge and finding nothing. They go there with a mission now and I really am tossing out less food that has gone bad. So, in fact, it has saved me money." — sj
Get a 17.7"x78.7" roll from Amazon for
metal furniture with anti-rust paint so your outdoor rooms can look as pretty as your indoor rooms.
Read the full tutorial on A Beautiful Mess
Get a can of Rust-Oleum gloss protective enamel spray from Amazon for
$3.98+ (available in a variety of colors).
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See how one brave BuzzFeeder pulled off this and four more IKEA hacks while hungover
here. You can do it, too!
Get the stool from IKEA for
Bump up the clearance below pieces of furniture with
bed risers that — NEWS FLASH! — also work on things that are not beds so you can stash more stuff underneath.
This set includes four three-inch and five-inch risers that are stackable.
Get them from Amazon for
Read the full tutorial on Kristi Murphy
here and a similar tutorial on a dresser here.
Get sideboard from IKEA for
$449 and a five-pack of brass strips from Hobbylinc for $7.39.
Promising review: "Easy accent to a plain dresser. Turns it into a statement piece. Love it!" -- DeidreB.
Get a four-pack from Amazon for
$7.83+ (available in two finishes).
Turn an old headboard into a
cheery entryway bench so you can take full advantage of your front porch on warm nights.
Get the full building tutorial from Duke & Duchesses
And add a pair of outdoor pillows from Amazon for
$14.27 (available in a variety of colors).
Make it a party on the inside by lining the back of a medicine cabinet with
drawer pulls for an instant high-end look.
Promising review: "I absolutely love these and everyone who sees them loves them too!!! I bought them to use on an IKEA chest of drawers and nightstand, and it's a day and night difference!!!" — Melissa S.
Get a set of 12 from Amazon for
IKEA kitchen cart look like an heirloom piece with wine-crate drawer fronts.
Now go use your tools
as they were intended.
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