These 32 DIY painted furniture makeovers are the best of the best. You will want to paint furniture after seeing these fabulous makeovers.
Just looking at photos of the makeovers makes me smile. I put a lot of time and effort into these paint projects. They are my babies.
I love reading emails and comments from you guys. Keep them coming. Some of you are scared to pick up a paint brush and start a furniture project. Just do it. Nothing ever happens if you sit on your hands.
I wish I could be there to hold your hand. The best I can do is try to give you tips and tricks in my paint tutorials. I hope I have helped in some small way.
Once you paint a piece of furniture, you will be hooked. The change is amazing. If you don’t like the new paint for some reason…..paint the piece again! If you love the color paint home decor accessories to match the furniture.
These top DIY furniture makeovers give you a look at various furniture paints. The makeovers also include my favorite special paint techniques.
DIY Furniture Makeovers
Let’s start looking at a few projects, and if you have any questions, email me.
Milk Paint Furniture Makeovers
The gray and red cabinet is a sweet favorite. I love the color combination. I painted the cabinet as a display for Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint….and of course, it’s painted with MMSMP. The colors in the milk paint line are beautiful.
Click here to see the detailed tutorial and more photos….Gray and Red Country Cabinet.
The chippy finish the paint produces is very authentic looking, just like the piece was painted ages ago and chipped naturally.
Furniture Makeovers Using Latex Paint
Latex paint is great. I don’t know why so many people pooh-pooh it when furniture is mentioned. Latex paint is my go-to when choosing the perfect paint for a makeover.
You can have latex paint mixed in any color. Isn’t that great? Color-match draperies, linens, wallpaper, etc.
Latex paint comes in every color imaginable. Head to your local home improvement store and gather some paint chips.
Be sure to take the color chips home to review. The colors will look different in your home space than at the store.
You can also find oops paint at hardware and paint stores for a fraction of the original price. The oops paint is a can of paint (or several cans) color mixed for a customer, and for some reason, the customer decided the color wasn’t for them.
The customer decides they don’t like the color and the store sells it at a greatly discounted price. It’s a win-win for us thrifty people. Usually, I can pick up a quart for $5 and a Gallon for around $8.
When I use latex paint, I often prime the piece before painting. It isn’t always necessary, but it makes for a smoother, uniform color surface for your top coat.
See the furniture projects painted with Latex Paint by clicking here.
Distressed DIY Furniture Makeovers
It’s not hard to pick my favorite when it comes to distressed furniture. It is the over-the-top controversial dresser shown in the photo below.
Boy, did I stir up some controversy with this piece? The distressed dresser looks really busy against that brick wall, but in person, it was a stunner. Photos don’t always show the furniture in it’s best light. I’m not a pro at photography.
I’m known as the “Queen of Distressing. I like everything from minimal distressing to over-the-top heavy distressing. I know the look isn’t for everyone….that’s okay.
Sometimes I use a sander to do the distressing and sometimes I do it by hand. You have more control when using sandpaper by hand, but if you want to go all out with the distressing, then go for the electric sander.
The furniture piece often dictates the type of makeover. If the furniture is heavily detailed or if the finish is marred by dings, dents, and missing veneer, it is the perfect project for distressed paint. All of the details and imperfections pop when distressed, giving the paint depth and character.
Get a look at the distressed furniture here.
Favorite Makeovers from Past Years
The DIY furniture makeovers pictured above are my favorites from 2012. (it seems like just yesterday when I painted them) Some of the makeovers still top the list in 2018.
I forget how much I enjoyed working on the older projects. For instance, that desk with the decoupaged circle fabric was a hot mess to begin with, but it turned out better than I expected.
I hope you enjoyed the stroll through some fan favorites and also a few of my favorites. What is your favorite paint? Have you picked up the paint brush yet, or do you still have qualms? You can always email me. email@example.com
Thank you for being here, and have a great day, Kathy.
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com