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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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1. 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!" --JakeWatch the full tutorial from Giani on YouTube here.Get a small kit (enough for a bathroom) from Giani for $34.95 or large kit (enough for a kitchen) from Amazon for $74.89.
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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 here.

Get a small kit (enough for a bathroom) from Giani for $34.95 or large kit (enough for a kitchen) from Amazon for $74.89.

2. 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!" --NGet a 15.9" x 6.5' roll from Amazon for $12.99.
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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 $12.99.

3. Upcycle an old night stand into the cutest table/dog bed.

View this video on YouTube

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Full instructions on Nifty here.

Get an extra-deep dog bed from Amazon for $21.99.

4. Give an old wicker bench a new life as something that looks like it costs $500 at Anthropologie. On sale.

Read the full tutorial on Homemade Ginger here.Get 25 yards of gold decorative rope from Amazon for $10.90.
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Read the full tutorial on Homemade Ginger here.

Get 25 yards of gold decorative rope from Amazon for $10.90.

5. Toss a small faux-fur rug over an old chair or the back of a couch to give it a glam makeover.

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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).

6. Make a piece of old laminate furniture look like a refurbished gem you paid way too much for on Etsy with a paint refresher.

Read the full tutorial on The Merry Thought here.
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Read the full tutorial on The Merry Thought here.

7. Screw on some casters to make a table or shelf mobile.

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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 $21.99.

8. Or, swap out table legs for ones that come with casters.

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Get them from IKEA for $12.50 each.

9. Make a plain wooden stool a graphic focal point.

Read the full tutorial from Hello Lidy here.Get a 45-yard roll of painter's tape from Amazon for $9.99.
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Read the full tutorial from Hello Lidy here.

Get a 45-yard roll of painter's tape from Amazon for $9.99.

10. 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." --sjGet a 17.7"x78.7" roll from Amazon for $6.98.
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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 $6.98.

11. Weatherize 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 here.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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Read the full tutorial on A Beautiful Mess here.

Get a can of Rust-Oleum gloss protective enamel spray from Amazon for $3.98+ (available in a variety of colors).

12. Turn a stool into a chic AF side table.

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 $19.99.
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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 $19.99.

13. Outfit drawers with custom drawer organizers to finally designate a place for your bits and tiny tools.

Read the full tutorial from Sawdust Girl here.
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Read the full tutorial from Sawdust Girl here.

14. 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.

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This set includes four three-inch and five-inch risers that are stackable.

Get them from Amazon for $12.99.

15. Liven up a sideboard with glam brass strips.

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.
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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.

16. Deck out the corners on a dresser with some artful brackets.

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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).

17. 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 here.And add a pair of outdoor pillows from Amazon for $14.27 (available in a variety of colors).
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Get the full building tutorial from Duke & Duchesses here.

And add a pair of outdoor pillows from Amazon for $14.27 (available in a variety of colors).

18. Make it a party on the inside by lining the back of a medicine cabinet with temporary wallpaper.

Read the full tutorial on Design Improvised here.Get a 24x48 tile of removable wallpaper from Canvas on Demand for $37.99.
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Read the full tutorial on Design Improvised here.

Get a 24x48 tile of removable wallpaper from Canvas on Demand for $37.99.

19. Dress up a plain dresser with a nautical O'verlay.

Read the full instructions on the O'verlays blog here.Get the anchor design from O'verlays for $20+ (available in two sizes, options for one or multiple parts).
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Read the full instructions on the O'verlays blog here.

Get the anchor design from O'verlays for $20+ (available in two sizes, options for one or multiple parts).

20. Swap 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 $44.95.
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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 $44.95.

21. Breathe new life into a tired coffee table with this DIY reclaimed-wood project.

Get the full tutorial on kojodesigns here.
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Get the full tutorial on kojodesigns here.

22. Create a pop of color with shapely furniture legs made for IKEA furniture.

Get a set of four for $76 (available in a variety of colors and for various furniture models).
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Get a set of four for $76 (available in a variety of colors and for various furniture models).

23. Transform an ugly metal file cabinet into a cute craft supplies keeper with the help of some chalkboard paint.

See the full tutorial from Design Improvised here.Get a quart can of chalkboard paint from Amazon for $20.11.
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See the full tutorial from Design Improvised here.

Get a quart can of chalkboard paint from Amazon for $20.11.

24. Transform some hand-me-downs into high-gloss accent chairs.

Read the full tutorial on Organize and Decorate Everything here.Get a can of clear high-gloss spray paint from Amazon for $5.87.
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Read the full tutorial on Organize and Decorate Everything here.

Get a can of clear high-gloss spray paint from Amazon for $5.87.

25. Reinvent a plain upholstered chair with a sponged-on pattern

See the full tutorial from Sugar and Cloth here.Get a nine-pack of sponge pouncers from Amazon for $4.62.
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See the full tutorial from Sugar and Cloth here.

Get a nine-pack of sponge pouncers from Amazon for $4.62.

26. Make an IKEA kitchen cart look like an heirloom piece with wine-crate drawer fronts.

See the full tutorial on Hunted Interior here.Get the kitchen cart from IKEA for $109, drawer pull from The Home Depot for $4.49 each, and old wine crates from AVintageHome on Etsy for $19.50.
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See the full tutorial on Hunted Interior here.

Get the kitchen cart from IKEA for $109, drawer pull from The Home Depot for $4.49 each, and old wine crates from AVintageHome on Etsy for $19.50.

Now go use your tools as they were intended.

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