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    25 Stunning Furniture Before And Afters You've Gotta See To Believe

    And what you need to recreate them!

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    1. A dresser got a completely new look thanks to a metal-look spray paint Amazon reviewers have found allll kinds of ways to use.

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    Promising review: "I love this stuff. I wanted to redo my bedroom with a new look, but didn't want to spend a lot of money. I have great furniture and I didn't want to get rid of it, so I painted it! I have completely redone my bedroom and I love the new look!" —AmazonAHolic

    Get it from Amazon for $7.18+ (available in a variety of metal-like colors).

    2. But the same spray paint also did wonders for an outdoor bistro table set ready for some warm-weather fun.

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    Also check out the reviewer photos for inspo in updating hardware, light fixtures, sink faucets, and so much more!

    3. A 102-year-old wood table surface that was ruined by a hot pan(!!!) and then brought back to a passably normal look with to a water stain–removing cloth! (Sometimes you've gotta sand and stain, but it's nice to avoid that if you can.)

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    Promising review: "I was beyond devastated when one of my kids put a very hot pan on my 102-year-old solid wood table...I was afraid I’d have to sand and refinish it. I couldn’t stand looking at it and just kept a tablecloth on it and tried not to think about it. By chance — or by design (aka: my eavesdropping Echo Show...thanks Alexa!) — this product popped up in my suggested items. I took a chance and bought it. I am BEYOND IMPRESSED. It took about 20–25 minutes and a lot of rubbing and elbow grease, but the heat discoloration is 95%+ GONE! This was a HUGE discoloration and I was skeptical if it would work for this amount of damage, but it did and I am pretty much crying tears of joy! Look at the pictures I am including with this review...WOW! This product saved a very special piece of furniture!" —Jenipher

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    4. An old Formica picnic table was upgraded to a fancy looker with the application of some marble-print contact paper.

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    Promising review: "I love this product! I used it to re-cover an old Formica picnic table at my house, and what a difference! It was easy to use (even for one person) and looks beautiful. It looks like real marble and added a gorgeous touch to my patio." —Meagan W.

    Get two 15.9"x6.5' rolls from Amazon for $16.88.

    5. That same contact paper, a coat of water-based polyurethane, and some drawer pull swaps did big things for an old bedroom piece.

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    Promising review: "Until I can afford real granite one day, this looks amazing! I made the mistake of using oil based polyurethane to coat it, and it tinted it a hair yellow originally, but I tried again with a new roll and with water-based polyurethane to give it that glossy granite look — AMAZING!!" —kpcpfam

    Get a bottle of polyurethane from Amazon for $12.49.

    6. And a cheap standard desk all of a sudden looked a lot more luxe with the faux-marble application!

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    Promising review: "This product did exactly what I wanted, I used it to upgrade a cheap table and it was super easy to use, the whole project took about 5min. It was too difficult to line up the pattern though so I gave up trying to do that, I still think it looks good." —Jordan

    7. A simple side table experienced a super modern, design-y facelift thanks to some sanding, white paint, and gold paint!

    Little House on the Corner

    Check out the full painting tutorial on Little House on the Corner here.

    Get a three-pack of 120-grit sandpaper from Amazon for $7.24.

    8. Studio Monitors that — OK technically aren't furniture, but they're large enough to be treated as furniture(?!) — had become magnets for cat hair and dust thanks to some sticky residue from the packaging. That was, until the owner used some potent AF Goo Gone to *safely* scrub 'em clean.

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    Promising review: "I used this on my JBL LSR4236P Studio Monitors and it worked very well. For some reason JBL decided to put some kind of weird adhesive on the front of these monitors, which caught every piece of cat hair and dust that touched it over the years. Used this with some paper towels and a little elbow grease and the adhesive came off quickly. The Picture I added: (Left) After Goo Gone (RIGHT) Before Goo Gone." —Andrew

    Get it from Amazon for $7.44.

    9. An old headboard became a cheery outdoor bench ready to liven up any ho-hum outdoor space.

    Duke & Duchesses

    Check out the full tutorial on Duke & Duchesses here.

    10. An old hutch looks like a pricey antique you paid way too much for at a fancy boutique that flips old furniture thanks to a coat of chalkboard paint in its journey to becoming an at-home coffee bar. Yum!

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    Promising review: "I got the quart size for a hutch I wanted to make into a coffee bar. I didn’t even use half to completely paint it. I was scared it wouldn’t be enough but it was plenty. The only thing is I have not yet used chalk on it. I have the chalk markers and I am nervous because some chalk boards do not easily erase them so I plan to test it out before using them on the hutch. I would definitely buy again." —alexia

    Get a quart of chalkboard paint from Amazon for $16.35.

    11. And a dumpster-ready table found new life as an activity table for toddlers. Damaged tabletop + chalkboard paint = a win-win. See, math!

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    Promising review: "I was going to toss out an old coffee table until I decided to turn it into an activity table for my toddlers. I followed the directions and turned out really great. I'd buy this paint again!" —Michelle Martinez

    12. The same paint and some glass drawer knobs prove, once again, that some paint and new hardware can make you say "Who is she?!" about a piece you've felt meh about awhile.

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    Promising review: "Completely covered my new vanity desk and didn't even need to sand or prep! If you get it on your skin just use soap and a green/yellow dish sponge, and it comes right off." —Brittany

    Get a set of 10 similar glass drawer knobs from Amazon for $8.99.

    13. Speaking of those glass drawer knobs, they're the finishing touch for a dilapidated dresser that was on the receiving end of a top-notch makeover featuring some impressive stencil work.

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    Promising review: "This worked great for my dresser project! The screw that fits this is a M4-.7 because I needed a longer screw but they are pretty!" —Sydney Wharton

    Get some similar floral stencils from Michaels for $7.39.

    14. And a plain white dresser perked up significantly with the addition of blue glass drawer knobs.

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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 12 knobs from Amazon for $38.95.

    15. And because sometimes you'd like to reverse the effects of things, a powerful stain remover did wonders for a glass of spilled red wine on a beige couch.

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    Promising review: "I'm still in shock about how this product worked! It removed a huge glass of red wine spill off my carpet and couch. It was just deathly red everywhere! But I pulled out the Resolve and it honestly is amazing — all red spots are out and it looks brand new. I'm soooo impressed!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $3.94.

    This stain remover is also great for removing fabric furniture stains!

    16. A white leather couch-turned-easel that reverted back to its pristine thanks to a *secret* spot remover you've probably never heard about 'til now.

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    Just a drop removes oil, grease, ink, makeup, grass, blood, and much more.

    Promising review: "This stuff is so amazing. I'm a witness. My 2-year-old baby wrote all over my white leather couch. I tried multiple things and nothing worked but Grandma's Secret Spot Remover. I love this stuff." —L. Nix

    Get six bottles from Amazon for $21.01.

    17. An no-frills IKEA STOCKHOLM sideboard became a showpiece thanks to some well-placed brass strips.

    Kristi Murphy

    Check out the full tutorial on Kristi Murphy here.

    Get some similar brass strips from Hobbylinc for $9.39.

    18. A vibrant yellow chair got a mellow redo with some neutral paint and then a generous helping of spray gloss to make it look lacquered, aka extremely expensive.

    Organize & Decorate Everything

    Get the full tutorial on Organize & Decorate Everything here.

    Get a can of gloss spray paint from Amazon for $11.15.

    19. A "distressed" headboard that was exposed to more distress than intended. But then some wood scratch cover came to the rescue!

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    Note that this only works on *actual* wood, so don't attempt it on your wood veneer pieces.

    Promising review: "Fantastic! We recently got a new headboard on clearance. When it was being unloaded from the truck, it got dinged up pretty badly and it stuck out like a sore thumb. One swipe with this oil and it blended in so nicely. Thankfully the headboard is 'distressed' so it looks like it was always there now!" —MSil

    Get it from Amazon for $4.82.

    20. The some scratch cover *also* worked as a budget-friendly wood stain on some unfinished pieces in need of a darker hue.

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    Promising review: "Absolutely amazing. I actually used this as wood stain for some plain light wood objects I had that I wanted to be darker. I stained some stools and a wood plank that I wanted to use to hang Mason jars for a spice garden. It made both the stools and the plank much fancier and expensive looking. Very pleased with my purchase.

    Be careful to not get it on your clothes. It's very liquid-y. I ordered two bottles but a little bit of this stuff goes a long way." —Tyler Goff

    21. And yet another Amazon customer flipped a free five-drawer dresser from a friend with the same scratch cover to upgrade the look and hide the ghostly outline of outdated hardware before swapping in some sleek drawer pulls.

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    Promising review: "This product is amazing! A friend gifted me a five-drawer dresser about two weeks ago. It was definitely scratched and dinged up, but the drawers worked great and did I mention that the dresser was completely free? I thought about going through the hassle of refinishing it, but I'm pretty lazy lol. So, I looked around for a quick fix and found this product. Boy, am I glad I did! I'm not even sure HOW it works, other than pure sorcery. I've attached pics (or at least tried to) so you can seen the magic for your self. This bottle was $8.17, the new drawer pulls were $16/pack of 10, and the whole 'updating process' took me about an hour/hour and a half. DEFINITELY worth it!

    I ended up using about a tablespoon of this product on my whole dresser. When I started the process, I thought: "I don't care if I use this whole bottle to make this thing look better." But nope — turns out, a little goes a looooooong way!" —Ashley Thiessen

    Get five similar drawer pulls from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in two sizes).

    22. A wicker bench that got an Anthro-level makeover and honestly people would pay hundreds of bucks for now thanks to some paint and pretty decorative rope!

    Homemade Ginger

    Check out the full tutorial on Homemade Ginger here.

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

    23. A dining table set that got a couple fresh coats of paint and a drastically brighter outlook.

    A Bubbly Life

    Check out the full tutorial on A Bubbly Life here.

    24. A well-loved dining set lightened up a bit with some super-matted chalked paint.

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    Promising review: "I have a very old, but very well-made dining room set that I got second-hand many years ago. It’s comfortable, and a good size for my house, but does not match at all. I’ve been browsing new sets online for years now and just never pulled the trigger on a new set. I decided to try my first refinishing project and paint it. It’s a light honey-colored wood with hunter green paint and green inlaid tile on top. For now, all I have decided is the green needs to go and I want to paint the set white to match the room better." —Kristen Nicoletti

    Get a 30 oz. can of paint from Amazon for $17.98 (available in 12 colors).

    25. And the same chalk paint totally flipped a thrifted china cabinet for a stunning after.

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    Promising review: "I've never been a thrift find person but.....I went for it and found this beautiful china cabinet. I saw the vision of how I wanted it to look. Here is the before and after it was a bright turquoise color. I recreated such a beautiful piece it looks so great! I used two cans because trying to cover up turquoise was a small challenge but the chalk paint goes on so much better than regular paint. Now I want to chalk paint everything LOL #chalkpaint" —Keya Williams

    When the furniture makeover is so good it's like magic:

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    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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