Slide 4: Painted Coffee Table


J. Aaron Greene for Furniture Makeovers/Chronicle Books

In Furniture Makeovers (Chronicle Books, 2013), prolific furniture restyler Barb Blair of Knack Studios gets down to business with 30 before-and-afters that celebrate bold painted stripes and other geometrically inclined designs. Case in point: The pinwheel motif, a classic, energetic pattern executed in two or more colors, infuses an old coffee table with lots of zest.

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Drab to Fab: 10 Fantastic Furniture Makeovers

Whether they involve repainting, resizing, or retrofitting, furniture makeovers are very popular in the DIY world. While original finishes and old-world style certainly have merit, there's a special thrill in giving new life and purpose to tired, old pieces. Design bloggers and style seekers alike, especially those who are thrift minded, waste conscious, and project oriented, know this excitement well. They gather supplies, identify key materials, and work doggedly toward the dramatic, much-anticipated reveal. These restyling magicians relish each furniture makeover challenge, bringing their ingenuity and hard work to bear as they transform yard sale bargains, flea market finds, and family hand-me-downs into relevant, covetable home furnishings for today.

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