At the heart of budget decorating, or DIY decorating for that matter, is the makeover. Find a used piece with good bones at a thrift store, yard sale or flea market, and transform it into something  stylish and lovely. Paint is your number one weapon of course, and there are so many creative ways to makeover thrift store finds, we had to show you some of the best we’ve found! So scout out your local yard sales, and check out Goodwill. Because good thrift store painted furniture ideas can make you rethink a brand new piece of furniture any day. (You get points for creativity and elbow grease!) And did I mention, you are also saving the world by repurposing! Everyone wins! :)


Painted Furniture Ideas

How to Paint Furniture White

So if you have an old dresser that has just seen way better days, one of the quickest ways to modernize it is to paint it white. Enter ‘Lovely Etc.‘ and their tutorial on how to paint a dresser! You should go on over and see their before pictures of this piece! Lots of step by step directions for using techniques that will make your paint job last.


Colorful Painted Furniture Ideas

Want to add a little more character to your painted dresser? Learn how to paint a geometric design with paint and stencils. This look is fresh and vibrant, and not just for bedrooms! From ‘DIY Network‘.


Goodwill Dresser Makeover

Sometimes the toughest part of deciding how to makeover a piece of furniture is exactly that – deciding HOW to make over a piece of furniture! There are so many options, a good plan might be to find an inspirational makeover, and take cues from it. This thrift store dresser makeover by BHG is pretty simple, but the twist is the stenciled pattern in the center. That detail takes it from boring to amazing. New feet and pulls, and a some paint and fresh stain (sand first!) and you have a designer look piece. This project isn’t difficult, just takes a little work…follow this photo if you like! This would also make a cool buffet in the dining room.



How to Paint Furniture Without Sanding

Lazy? We feel ya. Learn how to paint furniture without sanding over at ‘Grace In My Space‘. She talks you through every single step, including evaluating hardware for replacement, and whether you need to prime.


How to Paint a Kitchen Table

Painting a kitchen table can save you a whole lot of money. We spend a lot of time in the kitchen and dining area, and you want it to be pretty, but also practical. Learn how to paint a table from ‘A Beautiful Mess‘ They have all the tricks, including ideas on how to choose paint so that your table is easy to clean!


Chair Painting with Style

If you are looking to paint chairs, but don’t just want to cover them with boring neutrals, he ya go. These Anthropologie inspired DIY painted chairs from ‘Delicious and DIY‘ are stunning. And can you believe it? This took her a half hour. Yep, you heard right. 30 minutes.


Distressed Wood Furniture

If you want the farmhouse look for your painted furniture, then you will want to learn how to distress. Check out eight different ways to distress wood furniture over at ‘A Piece of Rainbow‘.


How to Paint Laminate Furniture

If you’ve got a piece of wood laminate furniture in good condition, you may want to try to make it… well, you know… pretty? ‘Blesser’ House‘ has a perfect tutorial for turning a sad dresser into something that looks high end. All with easy painted furniture ideas!


How to Spray Paint Furniture

So if you are trying to transform a spot in your home into a home office or homework space, welcome to the rest of us. But if you are trying to keep costs down, these painted furniture ideas from’House On a Sugar Hill‘ can help! They made over an awkward space into the most charming, pretty boho vibed workspace we’ve seen… its gorgeous! And their painted desk? Well it’s simple but large enough for the job. They gave it a worldly flavor with their makeover, no sanding required!


Laminate Transformation

Love this cool DIY laundry center? Can you guess what it used to be? If you can believe it, this was once one of those ugly old laminate entertainment centers from days gone by… and not the good days either! Remove the doors, liquid sandpaper then paint, and add rods.  This would also work for a mud room organizer! From ‘BHG‘.


 We hope you loved our post on Painted Furniture Ideas & Projects! We think you will also enjoy our Thrift Store Dresser Makeovers, and Repurposed Drawer Projects & Decor! And since we know you love thrifting, check out our post Refashion It! DIY Ideas for Your Thrift Store Clothes Finds over at OhMeOhMy!

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  1. Nicole June 27, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    You mention brass makeovers but there is a difference in solid brass and brass plated. I’m looking for ideas to makeover a solid brasshead and foot board

  2. lori July 5, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Really nice — thanks for sharing!

  3. deltamoonsoap August 29, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Really love ALL of the makeovers! Creative and don’t look crazy difficult! Thank you for sharing them!

  4. heather j February 12, 2015 at 3:25 am

    My first time to visit ur site…. Excellent ideas! I’ll definitely be back:)

  5. Anne July 18, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Wow. Absolutely love your ideas. I pinned almost every one. Definitely an inspiration. Now I just gotta get myself going!

  6. Monica October 26, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Love the ideas. Great finds!

  7. Kristin February 5, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    WHOA! You’ve got mad skills and major imagination. Kudos girlfriend!

  8. Lynnetta A Williams March 7, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Found my new hobby

  9. Cgrace April 20, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    These ideas are enchanting! I can’t wait to try them:)

  10. laurie H May 2, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    My dear you just painted a Heywood Wakefield chair worth at least 300 to 500. now it’s not worth a thing, yes the modern one. they have on line how to bring back the champagne or wheat finish on that chair.

  11. Lynn August 23, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    I’m so grateful I found this site and all the creative ideas, because I really need one. We have a tuxedo style sofa, six lose cushions with spring and down construction. It also has a fold out bed, inner spring mattress. I splurged on this new in 1980. My kids and grandkids all say it’s the most comfortable place to sleep ever. I replaced the inner spring mattress 10 years ago. I have reupholstered/refreshed this monster myself 4-5 times. Spent the DIY savings on great fabric. My last cat had his way with the arms and front. I know it’s going to cost a bunch.. I suppose I could buy a couple of slip covers for it, I guess. But it’s unanimous! No one wants to see it go.
    Should I ship it to one of them? Or is there some closely held secret to renewing this “heirloom”?

  12. Thumbtack March 29, 2021 at 2:03 am

    I’m really excited about this topic and thanks for sharing and discussing with us have a good day.


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