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Before And After Painted Furniture Makeovers You Missed

I have a lot of old posts featuring before and after painted furniture makeovers with no paint or makeover tutorial.

When I first started the blog I didn’t really write a detailed tutorial. Sometimes I didn’t even mention the paint I used.

I’m proud of all of these makeovers and it’s time for them to see the light of day again. These projects are from  2012.

I went back and deleted the old posts this week. I have more than 1000 blog posts and have deleted several hundred over the past few years. 

But I didn’t want the makeovers to completely disappear. That’s why you are seeing them today.

The photos I’m sharing are the before and after. I’ve gathered them into this one post and I will try to tell you the paint I used and the process for each makeover.

painted furniture projects before and after

Before And After Painted Furniture

Turquoise Loveliness. I painted all of these pieces at one time This was before we built our workshop and I was painting things in our carport.

furniture to paint

This is a look at some of the things before I painted them. I laid drop cloths on the carport floor and painted like crazy.

chair to paint

I love these cane back chairs because they look so great with the cane back dry brushed.

how to paint several pieces of furniture at one time

I enjoyed painting that first bunch of turquoise projects so much that I did it again the next week. I noted on the blog post from 2012 that I mixed 5 paint colors together to get this turquoise color. I haven’t changed much have I.

detailed turquoise picture frame

I love this detailed frame. When I look back at old posts I’m reminded of the pretty projects I completed and it gives me ideas for more projects.


The pictures of the pieces before I painted them are above.

vintage picture frames to paint

The frames were beautifully detailed. I can’t find frames like that anymore.

desk decoupaged with fabric and painted chair

This brightly painted and decoupaged desk always makes me smile. The drawer fronts are covered with fabric.

old desk to paint

This is how the desk looked before the makeover.

vintage sideboard with hutch

The sideboard and hutch above drove me crazy. I painted the piece then sealed it with polyacrylic. The poly pulled up the red stain and I had to cover that with more paint.

vintage sideboard and hutch to paint

This is how the sideboard looked before painting.

painted vintage hutch

You guys know how I love bright colors and this hutch says it all. I painted it in several shades of yellows and greens then added new knobs.

My photos from the early years are horrible. The color is off in a lot of them.

vintage hutch to paint

The vintage hutch looked like this when I bought it. As I mentioned earlier these projects were painted before we built our workshop.

The hutch was sitting in the carport and we drove home from a day long outing to find it turned over flat on the concrete.

There were strong winds that day and we never thought about it turning over.

hutch to paint

The glass broke and the front came apart. We just worked with what was left.

country style hutch painted white and brown

This country style hutch was painted white and the top of the bottom (ha) has a coat of dark brown paint.

furniture painting

The “before” look was too new looking.

blue desk

The blue and white heavily distressed desk is one of my favorite makeovers. The blue is another of my custom mix paints and the white is Beyond Paint in bright white (find here on Amazon).

I used a sander for the distressing. I went a little crazy.

desk to paint

I got the desk at a local thrift shop and it was a steal. The pretty details are what got me.

farmhouse style hutch painted white

Another of my favorite distressed pieces. I painted the hutch with Beyond Paint in off-white.

distressed white paint

The original hardware got a coat of Rustoleum metallic antique bronze spray paint.

Before And After Painted Furniture

I bought the hutch at the Nashville Flea Market. I hate that the flea market is closed for now. It will be closed at least until 2021.

Before and After painted furniture makeovers

Which of my before and after painted furniture makeovers did you like the best? Leave a note if you have time.

As always thanks 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

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  1. Immpressive amt of work! I loved to do likewise but alas we are now both too old & lack the space, never mind the energy! Keep going as you have developed a very unique ability. I hope you have a suitable sales venue. Your painted furniture is so much better then anything available commercially!

  2. Although I’m not a fan of early American, I really like the way the hutch turned out. It has lost that early American look and would fit in anywhere now.

  3. Interesting to see how your individual style has developed over time! Still ‘you’ but bolder I think than the early days.