HERE ARE 22 SALVAGED FURNITURE FLIPPING PAINT TECHNIQUES AND IDEAS | THE BEST OF 2022!
Hi creative friends! If you’re someone who loves giving new life to old pieces of furniture or simply wants to refresh the look of your home without breaking the bank, you’ll love this furniture makeover roundup! From simple paint jobs and upholstery hacks to more DIY projects, I have something for every skill level and style preference. So, whether you’re a beginner looking for tips and tricks on how to get started, or a seasoned pro seeking new ideas and inspiration, I know you’ll find something useful and enjoyable in this collection.
To see the FULL step-by-step tutorial (with video) on any of these makeovers, just click on the title. Enjoy!
22. DIY BOHO NIGHTSTANDS
I bought these cute little pair of nightstands at my local thrift store for $12. To transform the dated look, I gave them a new paint finish and modified the scalloped bottom to give it a more modern profile.
It was the first time I used a jigsaw on a project of this size and I can’t believe how it updated this salvaged set! Don’t be intimidated to try new things because the result might be so much worth it!
21. HOW TO PAINT MID-CENTURY FURNITURE
Mid-Century Modern design focuses on clean lines without decorative trims. And achieving this style for a solid dresser with a dated dark finish was challenging!
I started by stripping the old finish off, giving it a good sanding, and painting it with a custom color. Added newly updated handles and voila! From an unattractive piece to a gorgeous MCM dresser! I’ve included 7 Tips On How To Paint MCM Furniture here!
20. CACTUS-PAINTED SIDE TABLES
This is one of the quickest makeovers I’ve EVER done… and these curb-shopped side tables turned out phenomenal! I had these two side tables sitting in my garage for over a year.
I painted them with Cactus Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint by Dixie Belle. Silk All-In-One Mineral paint has been a huge time saver for me as it has a built-in water-based primer and built-in topcoat! So if you are looking for a quick makeover, this paint is amazing!
19. DIY ANTHROPOLOGIE DRESSER DUPE
Anthropologie is a well-known, high-end brand, and its furniture is often priced at a premium because they offer unique and designer-inspired pieces that are not mass-produced. And that inspired me to create my own DIY version of one of their Marcelle Dresser line.
Transforming a three-drawer maple dresser into a gorgeous white dresser with clean modern lines and illuminating gold hardware/accent. And it was a great learning experience for me. I learned how to create design lines, update the skirt and add new legs!
18. PAINTED AND STAINED DRESSER
17. PAINTED AND STAINED WATERFALL
I’ve always had mixed feelings about waterfall furniture but I really enjoyed working on this one!
Check out how gorgeous that stain looks on the top drawer. And the deep blue gives this piece such a modern look and feel!
16. PAINTED AND STAINED WATERFALL
This was an ugly little one. But I fixed this melamine dresser up with a little paint and stain!
Painted finishes can provide a clean, modern, or bold look, while stained finishes can add warmth and depth to a piece. Always love to see the combination of the two. In this tutorial, I also shared a FREE wood conditioner when using water-based stains!
15. WOOD-BURNING FURNITURE
Wood Burning Furniture is another way to give your old scrappy pieces of furniture a new look! I thought I’d try it for the first time ever on this curbside wood stool.
I’m SO GLAD I did! You can create unique patterns and designs on the surface of the wood, giving each piece of furniture a one-of-a-kind look. Love how wood can cozy and warm up a space…, especially with a cute design!
14. BLACK AND WHITE FLORAL DRESSER
For monochrome design lovers out there, this piece is for you!
The dresser is painted in a pristine white and designed with a gorgeous black vintage floral transfer and black hardware. Love how the contrast elevates every detail! Looks so clean and classy!
13. DRESSER INTO A MAP CABINET
I am so in love with apothecary-type pieces! Here, I transformed a $30 IKEA dresser into a Map cabinet by adding faux drawers and then embellishing it with paint and stain.
Love how it looks so vintage with a ton of charm. This was a great learning piece as well. I created wormholes, and faux drawers, and how to achieve an oil-based look with water-based products!
12. REPURPOSED DESK INTO PAINTED NIGHTSTANDS
I bruised my knee when I was bringing this maple desk downstairs to my studio. It’s a heavy-duty piece and gave me a tough time every step of the way. But well worth it! I love how everything came together.
I disassembled this desk into nightstands and restyled it with some Woodubend and paint. Look at them now!
11. $10 CONSOLE TABLE MAKEOVER
I found this adorable console table for $10!
Look how much better it looks with a black-brown top and stained legs. Also, don’t forget those lovely knobs! Perfect entry table for compact space!
10. HOW TO PAINT A FAUX LINEN DRESSER
For this makeover, I picked up three different sweepers …and not for cleaning! hehe You all know how much I love trying new paint techniques when I find curbside furniture.
So for this dresser, I used the sweepers to create this gorgeous faux linen finish using paint! I love the texture this technique created. It turned this grimy curb-shopped dresser into a French Linen beauty. A fun painting technique to play around with!
9. ROYAL DAMASK PAINTED VINTAGE DESK
I scored this $14.99 vintage desk at my local thrift store. What a steal of a deal!
Painted with French Linen, and applied RAISED Royal Damask stencil complemented with stunning large pulls.
8. HOW TO DECOUPAGE FURNITURE
Went adventurous and tried a color out of my comfort zone! This curb-shopped nightstand set was painted in Apricot and designed with lovely floral decoupage paper.
Buying a piece of furniture can be expensive. To save money, a furniture makeover is one of the affordable ways to get one. And to save even more money on personalizing your own piece, you can use a decoupage paper as an alternative for furniture transfer.
7. HOW TO PAINT GHOST STRIPES ON FURNITURE
I had a reader of the blog ask me to create an article on how to ghost stripe with glaze so I thought this was the perfect piece.
I have to admit I had a ton of fun testing out the glazes and striping this piece up. It’s another fun paint technique to play around with!
6. DIY TUFTED FOOTSTOOL
Another first-time project for me and I have to admit, it looks pretty cute! My sister Andrea picked this little beauty at our local Restore for $4.99.
For around 2 hours of our time (and who doesn’t LOVE sister time, right?!) we finished creating an adorable tufted footstool for just $15. What a fun project. If you’ve never tried tufting, I hope you give it a try!! On a funny side note, one of my readers said it was brave of me to put a hot cup of tea on Andrea’s newly reupholstered bench. She was right. It near spilled a good few times. 😂
5. MAGNOLIA GARDEN DRESSER
I was so happy when I was able to get this gorgeous thrift store dresser at a very discounted price. For $19.99, I couldn’t believe my luck because I RARELY find used furniture at this price point anymore.
Painted in a beautiful neutral warm tan color and then styled an off-center design using Magnolia Garden Transfer. I love the way this design wraps around this dresser’s gorgeous curves. For this makeover, I also shared
- How To Get Rid of Sticky Residue using what you have in your kitchen
- My Favorite Tool For Sanding Tight Areas
- How to Use Wood Filler AFTER Priming
- How To Burnish Furniture Transfers
4. MORNING SUNRISE PAINTED DRESSER
This is a perfect example of the power of color and an easy build-your-confidence project. No fancy paint techniques, no decoupage, or transfers.
With just one color (and this color is spectacular!!), this $20 laminate dresser transformed into a stunning piece.
3. SALVAGED SETTEE BENCH
I have to admit, this project was like a roller coaster. When my sister brought it to me I wasn’t really into restyling it. The bird droppings didn’t help any either.
But lookie, lookie! Now that we painted and reupholstered it, she’s adorable. It was another one of those makeovers where we learned a lot as well.
- How to color-match paint
- An AMAZING product to hide furniture imperfections
- How to highlight details with wax
- How to repurpose old chair spindles
- The cheapest place to buy foam for upholstery
2. HAMPTON OLIVE ENTRY TABLE
Here’s another fun makeover, this entry table was previously painted a gorgeous red. However, I listed it on Facebook Marketplace, and unfortunately it didn’t sell.
So I decided to repaint it with a showstopping olive green!
1. TWO-TONED PAINTED FURNITURE
This was a super beat-up dresser but I couldn’t resist the adorable scallop detail.
A little bit of elbow grease and TLC and wow. I love how the two colors complement this dresser perfectly. And check out the charming scalloped details, aren’t they adorable?
Don’t forget to join me on Tuesday when I’m joining my Trash To Treasure Crew and this restyled trash-bound mirror.
Wishing you a fabulous day and weekend my friends. XOXO
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS FURNITURE-FLIPPING ROUNDUP AND IF YOU HAVE A FAVORITE. FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting friends!
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Mary Jo CaMPBELL says
So inspirational! Each one is just beautiful!
Thanks so much Mary Jo!
My favorite is the Magnolia dresser. Happy New Year YouTube friend! Blessings to you and all your family!
Thanks so much Lily! Happy New Year to you and your family! XOXO
Patricia Sanchez-Marin says
Hi Denise! Best wishes for the New Year. I loved seeing all the past projects. I kept saying to myself I remember this one, I have them all saved. You are so talented, pure art. I wish I had half of the skill to pick colors, handles, have that inspiration but I have you to inspire me!
Thanks so much Patricia! Best wishes for the New Year to you as well! Thanks for being here.💕
Christy James says
All so amazing!! My faves were the French linen desk with the raised stencil and the Magnolia dresser…you know I love the curvy pieces! What really makes your makeovers amazing too is the staging…always gorgeous! XOXO
I always smile when I hear anything good about my staging and styling because I SO STRUGGLED for the first few years. It would take me 2 days to decide on how to style.🤣 Thanks my friend. That raised stencil is one of my faves as well! XOXO
I loved revisiting all these beautiful makeovers. You are extremely talented and always generous in sharing your talent with us. If I had to pick a favorite it would be the raised stencil damask desk. I could stare at that desk all day long!
Aw, thanks so much Nicki! I appreciate you being here!!! And I have to admit, that damask desk is one of my faves as well! XOXO
You are SO good! All of these have been transformed beautifully. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be the map cabinet…and the royal damask painted vintage desk. Gorgeous.
Thanks so much Lizzy! And I love those two as well. 🙂
Marie B says
You are so incredibly talented, Denise, your title should be “the furniture whisperer”! Every single one of these makeovers is stunning and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2023. Happy New Year!
The furniture whisperer, that’s a catchy title I LOVE IT!😂 Thanks so much Marie! I can’t wait to see what YOU have in store for us! Hugs XOXO
Thank you D, enjoyed revisiting these & picking up more tips on the tutorials. Wonderful montage of your work!
Aw, thanks my friend. And you calling me D always puts a smile on my face. When I was the Ontario Regional Manager of a Telemarketing Office (yeeears ago!) everyone called me Dee. Loved it.😃
Hi Denise. I can’t tell you enough times how very talented you are. You are by far my go-to furniture blog! Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful makeovers. I cannot wait to see what you do in 2023:)
I’m so glad you find the #siblog a go-to my friend. Your support means a lot and your being here always puts a smile on my face. Thank YOU! XOXO