More Than Just Paint: 5 Inspiring DIY Dresser Makeover Ideas

created at: 02/07/2012A coat of fresh paint can change a worn piece of furniture into something new altogether, and has served as a tool in every DIY design fan’s arsenal. And sometimes, the piece is just right to create even more impact with texture…giving a piece a custom, hand-designed look. Here are five DIY ideas to give your dresser a full-on, next-level makeover.

The dresser above by Matt Summers (via Design Sponge) has me floored, or is it blinded?  Continue Reading

How to: ‘Upholster’ a Nightstand


When we think of wood secondhand furniture makeovers, we generally think of varnish or paint NOT fabric. But that’s just what jcaroline did. Perhaps she was inspired by our very own Shelly,    aka ModHomeEcTeacher who did something very similar for AT awhile back. For this project, a couple of sad side tables underwent a major transformation using some of the stuff on this list:      

  • a sander
  • wood putty
  • primer
  • paint
  • painter’s tape
  • fabric
  • Hard Coat Mod Podge
  • extra-fine sandpaper
  • steel wool
  • new hardware, if desired

And if you use all those things the right way, here’s what your piece could look like when you’re done:


Now, to SEE how to do such a project yourself, head on over to or to Mod’s tute over on AT

Interested in more how-tos for creative reuse, thrift store and flea market finds, and turning secondhand items into showstopping home decor? Continue Reading

How to turn salvaged drawers into modern shelving.

Found on Freecycle, these drawers originally came out of a 1940’s kitchen. Turned on their sides and fixed to a wall, they’ve become very functional and flirty shelving.

Supplies you’ll need to make them:

  • primer
  • 2 coordinating paint colors
  • decorative or wrapping paper
  • Modge Podge
  • drywall screws
  • wood filler

Tools you’ll need to make them:

  • paintbrush
  • drop cloth
  • scissors or craft knife, straight edge and cutting mat
  • tape measure or yardstick
  • brayer
  • drill
  • sand paper
  • vacuum or tack cloth

To see how it’s done, check out this tutorial. Continue Reading