A splash of paint instantly elevated this dated dresser into a modern masterpiece. To draw focus to the piece, this DIYer gave it legs—literally—by using a jigsaw to create custom curved legs from salvaged wood. She then mounted the legs to the dresser supports to complete the transformation.
When a bland bedside table was bequeathed to this blogger, she turned it into a gilded nailhead table for the entryway. First she sanded, primed and painted her hand-me-down table. Then, by adding gold tacks around the trim and into the drawers, and affixing golden knobs to the drawer fronts, she gave it the Midas touch for a bargain.
Cut to the Chaise
Don’t uproot battered leather upholstery from your home just yet! This project is proof that by stripping the leather from the sofa, and building a barebones wooden frame to support it, you can assemble a sophisticated sling couch surrounded with faux fur pillows and floor mats for an indoor safari.
True to Type
This vintage typewriter table looked straight of the ‘50s—but not in a good way—until this blogger leveraged the old-timey quality into a timeless accent. A coat of chalk paint followed by two coats of wax applied to the table is all it took to create this pretty pastel portable desk for the home workspace.
Everything’s Coming up Roses
After scoring a cheap but beat-up stool at a yard sale, this blogger had to figure out a way to restore it. She started by covering the seat with a layer of drop cloth and upholstery batting. Then, she lined the rim of your homemade cushion with pre-made drop cloth rosettes to create a hand-woven look with top-dollar appeal.
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You can’t reverse time, but you can reverse the damage it has wreaked on an old dresser. In a former life, this old wooden dresser was painted white and green. But with a little reverse engineering, a savvy DIYer rejuvenated weary drawer faces and restored the dove-tail joints for easy opening and closure.
Are your snooze-worthy bedside tables keeping you up at night? Take a cue from these awe-inspiring multi-tier cabinets. Pre-cut and stained timber cladding was affixed to the table front and sides, and timber feet to the base. Then decorative antique bronze hardware and labels were added for a studious look.
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All Over the Lace
Metal of Honor
This dreamy dresser is makes a splash in the bedroom—without a single drop of paint. Contact paper was applied to the surface using a squeegee to draw out bubbles. Then, iron-on melamine edge-banding went on around the perimeter for a no-fuss, no-mess finish.
Take a Stand
Say goodnight to boring bedside dressers! This sleek industrial nightstand is an IKEA dresser disguised in a deep color to create an atmosphere for slumber, making it the ultimate bedside companion for stashing books and beverages.
This Old Farm
No need to wait for Father Time to give a new farm table a more charming, lived-in quality. This contemporary piece was refinished to look old by sanding and then dinging the surface with a hammer, distressing the legs for a two-tone finish, and applying antiquing wax to the tabletop for an ageless patina.
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Upholstery with the Most
A regular fixture in retro-era homes, off-white patterned couches do little to infuse personality into a modern home. This set transformed into timeless furniture accents with several coats of a combination of textile medium and acrylic paint.
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