Reinvent Your Furniture with 9 Colorful DIYs

Who doesn’t love total transformations? As the furniture makeovers here prove, even an unloved hand-me-down or yard-sale find—the one that’s scarred, scratched, or just plain brown and ugly—can be reimagined into a colorful, covetable piece for your home. All it takes is paint, elbow grease, and a little creativity. Click through for nine DIY ideas to inspire you to see the potential in all furniture types—even the ugly ducklings.

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  1. Ombre Desk

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    Why choose a single color when you can have a full palette? From pale to deep, a range of pretty pink Benjamin Moore paints embellish the drawers of a simple desk in an ombre pattern, making it the centerpiece of the room.


    Related:  In Living Color - 7 Tips for Brightening Your Home's Palette

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  2. Bed Frame

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    An airless paint sprayer is quite the handy tool for furniture makeovers, providing the smoothest finish possible. Don't believe us? Check out the finished project from one DIY-er who used it to take an old headboard and footboard from awful to awesome.


    Related:  Make Your Bed - 9 Easy DIY Headboards

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  3. Brush-On Upholstery

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    In this truly adventurous project, an emerald green coat of fabric medium and latex paint gives the look of re-upholstering at a fraction of the cost—and effort!


    Related:  Drab To Fab - 10 Fantastic Furniture Makeovers

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  4. Midcentury-Mod Cabinet

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    An utterly unpromising wooden cabinet—with only one of its original drawers remaining—gets a mod new look with a little sanding and a splash of paint. The clever addition of a set of Mid-Century modern legs raises the piece to a whole new level.


    Related:  8 Nightstands You Don't Need to Buy

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  5. Painted Piano

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    Now here's a musical instrument that's easy on the ears and eyes. This inherited upright piano got a new lease on life with a good cleaning, sanding, and a coat of marigold paint.


    Related:  Fine-Tuning - 9 Inventive Ways to Repurpose a Piano

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  6. Folding Patio Chairs

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    A can of spray paint is a blissfully cheap and simple way to revitalize metal furniture that’s seen better days. A quick shake and spray, and these metal folding chairs are left looking quite fresh in grass green.


    Related:  12 Ways to Wake Up Your Tired Outdoor Furniture

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  7. Coffee Table

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    After a thorough sanding, a once-dowdy coffee table got dressed up in a whole new outfit of mint green with glittery gold-painted feet for an extra dose of style. Topped with a cut-to-fit sheet of glass, the finished piece really shines.


    Related:  16 Designs for a Low-Cost Coffee Table

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  8. Rolltop Desk

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    This makeover hinges on the element of surprise. A clean white exterior is already a huge improvement over the roll top desk's dark past, but even better are the drawer interiors, painted a bold peacock blue.


    Related:  10 Unexpected Spots for Accent Colors

    thinkingcloset.com

  9. Memento Shelf

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    As part of a budget-friendly bedroom makeover, this homeowner brushed chalk paint onto a long bookcase that was once plain-jane white. Talk about the perfect addition for a sunny reading nook!


    Related:  Shelf Life - 10 Bookcases You Can Make Yourself

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