35 Awesome Ways To Give New Life To Old Furniture

Whether you’re starting with a thrift store find or something you’ve had lying around for years, there are limitless makeover possibilities.

1. Dry Eraser Drawers

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Use dry eraser paint to turn an old set of drawers into an ever-changing work of art. For once it’s OK to write on the furniture. Check out this tutorial for the details.

2. TV Stand Turned Ombré Bar Cart

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Transform an ugly old TV stand into an ombré masterpiece. Learn how to touch up wood and repaint it here.

3. Office Chair Makeover

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Make work a bit more fun by turning a boring old desk chair into something stylish with this tutorial on reupholstering.

4. Modernized Queen Anne Settee

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Transform a settee with striped fabric, a fresh coat of paint, and diamante buttons for glitz. This blogger recounts how she transformed an outdated piece into something fab.

5. Upholstered Coffee Table

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Turn an old coffee table into an ottoman hybrid using a fresh coat of paint and colorful cushions. This post has all the details. You could also buy cushions if sewing isn’t your thing.

6. Kilim Rug Bedside Bench

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You can spend a fortune on a kilim-style bedside bench or make your own like this blogger did, using a rug, bench, and simple upholstery techniques.

7. Campaign Desk Revival

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A dingy old campaign desk (purchased for $30 from Salvation Army) becomes a bright and cheerful office centerpiece with a good polish and fresh coat of pink paint, as done by this blogger.

8. Basic Side Chair Revival

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The most surefire way to spruce up old furniture — a new layer of paint and reupholstery. This tutorial shows you how.

9. Reclaimed Wooden Headboard

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This post reveals the wonders of Stikwood, reclaimed wood with adhesive on the back, which makes this DIY project easy to accomplish with zero carpentry skills.

10. Geometric Side Table

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Adhere contact paper in a simple geometric design to give your side table a modern look. This tutorial shows you how.

11. Drop Cloth Stool

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Cover a wooden stool with an old drop cloth to give it a vintage look. This tutorial also includes details on how to make the fabric rosettes.

12. Chalky Finish Table With Numbering

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Use chalky finish paint and numbered stencils to revive a wooden side table with a funky look. This tutorial has the details.

13. Pastel Spray Painted Chairs

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Make old metal chairs cute enough for your dinner guests with nothing more than a cheerfully colored coat of spray paint. Don’t forget primer! This blogger shares how she did it.

14. Striped Stool

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This blogger updated a white stool with a coat of striped paint. Just carefully lay out painters tape to achieve evenly spaced stripes.

15. Recovered Mid-Century Burke Chair

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A simple white burke chair becomes a colorful statement piece when reupholstered with striped fabric from a National Parks blanket. Check out this post for the details on how it was done.

16. Kids Table Makeover

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A drab vinyl table and chairs look contemporary with a paint job, wooden tabletop, and new fabric. This post describes how it was done.

17. Splotchy Painted School Chair

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Spongy paint and gold leaf transformed this school chair into something super fun. This blog has the how-to details.

18. Comic Book Table

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This blogger made over a mid-century table with comic book decoupage. You can do the same with your imagery of choice- photographs, magazines, etc.

19. Wallpaper Table

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Add some whimsy to an unremarkable wooden table by covering it with wallpaper, as done here.

20. Leather Sling Sofa

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This one’s not for the carpentry novice. But if you’re comfortable building a wooden frame and skinning an old couch (yes, you read that right), you can make a truly unique leather sling sofa like this blogger did.

21. Dresser With Purse Strap Pulls

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Replace the old knobs on a dresser with strips of a leather purse strap, like this blogger did, for a totally new look.

22. Paper Wrapped Chair

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This post shows you how to upgrade a vintage wooden chair with some simple paper decoupage. Pick out paper to match your own decor.

23. Leather Belt Chair

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Weave together a bunch of old leather belts to create this funky accent piece. Get the simple instructions for making your own here.

24. Wallpaper Bookshelf

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Prettify a plane bookshelf by applying a layer of wallpaper to the background. This blogger describes how she did it.

25. Cross Stitch Chair

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A cane web chair is the perfect cross stitch canvas. Simple stitching in bold colors looks modern and striking. Check out this post for details.

26. Diamond Dresser

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A gold diamond and detailing makes an average dresser a bit dressier. Make your own by following these directions.

27. Footstool Turned Bag Stand

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Pamper your guests and their baggage by recovering an old footstool with a fabulous bright fabric. This post shows you how.

28. Herringbone Storage Bench

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Make your mudroom less of a mess with this chic modern storage bench. This tutorial shows how to paint your own with stencils.

29. Book Page and Washi Paper Table

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This blogger covered up a stained wooden table with book pages and Washi paper circles for a funky modern look.

30. Faux Sheepskin Stool

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Take reupholstery to another level with faux fur fabric. This post describes how it’s done.

31. Faux Marble Tabletop

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Real marble will cost you a pretty penny, but marbled contact paper will give you a snazzy look for cheap. Not exactly spill-proof, but you could cover the final result with a layer of glass or clear plastic, or just keep covering the table with different patterns over time. This blogger had the idea.

32. Painted Fabric Chair

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Upholstery not your thing? Revive a fabric chair with paint, tape, and fabric medium instead, as done here.

33. Stenciled Folding Chairs

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This post shows you how to make folding chairs more fun with stencils and Sharpie- and a layer of spray paint if you choose.

34. Dip Dye Chair

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You don’t have to go overboard with a paint job to create a new look. Just painting the tips of chair legs like this blogger does wonders. You could do the same for a stool or table.

35. Bottle Cap Table

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This detailed tutorial shows you how to cover a tabletop in bottle caps. Finishing it off with a layer of grout keeps the surface level.

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