How to Repaint Furniture | The Painted Dresser Project

How to repaint a dresser

Ready for a fun before-and-after project? A boring Craigslist dresser is transformed into a vision of blue beauty, in just 10 steps! There is a right way to to achieve a great finish on a painted dresser, and there is certainly a wrong way, too. Sure, you could just slap on a coat of paint and call it a day, but impatience and rushing through the repainting process means sloppy results. However, we're here to share our careful step-by-step process, and to make sure you get it right the first time around so your Craigslist finds can shine!             Continue Reading

19 Totally Unexpected Ways To Paint Furniture

19 Unexpected Ways to Paint Furniture

We all love a good furniture makeover, and these don’t disappoint! Get prepared to swoon over these 19 furniture pieces that have been painted in totally unexpected ways. Each piece is inspiring because they’re extremely unique. If are you’re looking for ways to make over your latest thrifted find, these painted beauties will inspire you!


1.  Color Blocked Painted Furniture

If a furniture piece has the right structure, color blocking in a muted shade is a simple and stunning method of painting. Continue Reading

Make It: A Cool and Colorful Furniture Makeover Idea

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I ran across this super fun furniture makeover idea recently and simply had to share it! It’s a playful twist on the typical painted furniture look, takes a fraction of the time, and has a bigger impact (I think). Check it out!    

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Spotted on Finnish blog Koulun Lattia Narisee, the process is pretty straight forward: choose your paint colors, tape off the shapes you want, then go to town painting! Easy, right?
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If you have kids, this would be a fun way to get them in on some home improvement/DIY projects, too! Continue Reading

How To: Paint like a Pro

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Here’s the thing with painted and glazed furniture. It seems like it should be so easy. And since your goal is basically to get it to look like it came out of a barn, how tough can it be? Well, as I learned last weekend during my first furniture glazing attempt, it’s not exactly intuitive. But this tutorial should give you (and me) all the knowledge we need.

In the Fun Lane blogger Holly Barker has broken down her steps to achieving paint perfection in three detailed posts.  Continue Reading

Before & After: A Mid-Century Modern Makeover!

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Whether you’re on the fence, passionately opposed, or enthusiastically in favor of painting wood furniture (see Melanie’s recent post  “To paint or not to paint?“), you’ve got to admit that the “after” in this case looks pretty dang good.  

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Billie from the blog Billie Monster took this thrift store find to the next colorful level with a few coats of a fresh, spring green paint.  Kindly, she’s walked us through all the steps involved–check it out right here! Continue Reading

Make It: Colorful Painted Chair Cushions!

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After honing your painting skills fixing all those thrift store paintings, you should be more than ready to take on this project!  Learn how to turn plain canvas seat cushions into functional works of art–for cheap!  


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Jacinda Boneau, one half of the fantastic DIY site Prudent Baby, was inspired by the hand-painted pillows of Wary Meyers but knew that splurging on one-of-a-kind art piece cushions was out of the question (and the budget).  In true DIY fashion, she decided to make her own for a fraction of the cost without sacrificing an ounce of style.   Continue Reading

Water Damaged to Wonderful: A Chic Dresser Makeover!

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This flea market find was in dire need of some TLC.  Fortunately, it landed in just the right hands!  Ready for the after?  Read on!  

Layla Palmer, a blogger (The Lettered Cottage) and interior designer, picked up this water damaged dresser at a local flea market.  After an initial “distressed-style” makeover (seen here), she decided it needed something a little more.  Ultimately, a $998 Anthropologie dresser held the inspiration she needed: numbered drawers!   Continue Reading

Functional Art: A Garage Sale Find Gets a Painterly Makeover!

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We’ve all seen them; they’re at every yard sale and garage sale across the globe: plain, boring, or otherwise uninteresting pieces of furniture.  But if there’s one thing to be learned from our many Makeover Monday posts, it’s this: think twice before you pass them up!  With a little creativity and skill, the potential to transform those forgotten pieces is virtually limitless!  

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You may remember this festive vinyl furniture revamp from a while back.  Reuben Munoz, the man behind that fantastic makeover, is at it again!   Continue Reading

DIY Idea: A Playful Spin on Painted Dressers!

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We’re all familiar with painted dresser makeovers.  Heck, we’ve built up quite a catalog right here on Curbly: some are brightly colored, some have stripes, some have crazy hues hiding in unsuspecting drawers.  They’re all pretty fabulous, but I think this may be my favorite dresser makeover idea ever!  

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Roy McMakin is a designer, architect, and furniture builder who created this monochromatic dresser as an art piece.  I love the concept behind it and can’t help but think it offers some pretty great inspiration in the dresser makeover department.   Continue Reading

Before & After: A Festive Vinyl Furniture Revamp

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With the weather finally, maybe, starting to warm up it’s just about time to start scrubbing off winter’s dirt and grime and sprucing up that outdoor living space.  If your vinyl furniture looks like it’s seen better days, consider this colorful revamp!  

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After a recent cleaning of his garden deck, Reuben Munoz (of the fabulous blog Rancho Reubidoux – read it!) decided his flea market sofas were too bland and lacked presence.  Armed with a creative mind and a few bottles of Createx paint, he transformed their blocky “marshmallow nothingness” into a bold, one-of-a-kind statement piece! Continue Reading