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10 Most Talked About Furniture Makeovers

You guys leave comments with good feedback on my projects. Some projects you love, some you hate, and some are so-so. You are more passionate about furniture makeovers.

I gathered the top 10 furniture makeovers in this post by the number of comments from you, my readers. There were no surprises. I get the most comments on the furniture makeovers you like and the odd/controversial pieces you don’t like

Some of the makeovers date by to 2012, and the photos are not the best. As always, you can click the pink text links to view the entire project. The list starts with number 10 and works up to the number one commented post.

Furniture Makeovers To Love Or Hate

most talked about furniture makeovers from Petticoat Junktion

10. Silver Metallic Paint Adds Glamour To Furniture

pair of nightstands painted with silver metallic paint and aged with toner

This pair of nightstands was my first go at metallic paint. The paint is Martha Stewart Precious Metals. They don’t make this paint anymore and I recommend the FolkArt Home Decor Chalk, which has a line of metallic paints, including silver or Modern Masters Paint.

9. Red Rose Knobs And Metallic Paint Wash For Painted Furniture

My 10 Most Talked About Furniture Makeovers

I went back and forth with this project. Once painted, it looked flat, so I tried a wash technique with different colors of paint. I also had problems choosing the right knobs. I loved the finished look and this photo doesn’t do it justice. I admit it’s not to everyone’s taste.

8. Gray And Metallic Copper Color Combination Is A Surprise

Gray and Metallic Copper Paint color combination

Who would think metallic copper and gray go together? Not me. The ah-ha moment came when I spray painted the legs metallic copper and then applied a gray primer to the cabinet. I liked the color combo so well I hunted for a gray paint color in my stash that was close to the color of the gray primer.

7. Vintage Radio Cabinet Painted Turquoise and Green

paint a vintage radio cabinet

I painted this radio cabinet in 2013. The green and turquoise colors accented with white made this cabinet designer-worthy. There was distressing involved too. I need to find another highly detailed piece and try this technique and color combo again.

6.10 Steps to Prepping Furniture Before Painting

two tone furniture makeover

This vintage dresser was a mess when we got it and the JTS and I did a bunch of work on it before the painting started. The top is painted brown and the bottom a light neutral color. I spray painted new hardware for it too.

5. Add A Metallic Gold Stripe for Instant Glamour

Furniture Fixer Uppers Makeovers

The gold stripe chest is sitting in our bedroom. I loved it so much I had to keep it. The gold stripe is rose gold spray paint and the knobs are sprayed to match.

4. Distress Painted Furniture Using Vaseline | Apply Between Paint Layers

My 10 Most Talked About Furniture Makeovers

The red and turquoise cedar chest is the first project I used the Vaseline distressing technique….that was back in 2013.

3. Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint Furniture Makeover Tutorial

wowed by my first Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint project in Tricycle Red by Petticoat Junktion

The famous or infamous Red Radio Cabinet is sitting in our family room. It’s a keeper. I painted the vintage cabinet with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, color Tricycle. This was in 2012 when the milk paint first came out. For a long time, this was my signature piece and how I came to be known in “Blogger World.”

2. Distressed Shabby White Dresser With Turquoise Knobs

shabby chic distressed furniture (2)

The shabby dresser is by far my most controversial piece. To me, it was awesome. I wish I still had it. I know it’s not for everyone. It would look totally different if I staged it in front of a solid-colored wall instead of that busy brick.

1. Antique Beauty Painted Vintage Rose Using MMS Milk Paint

Miss Mustard Seeds Milk Paint custom mix rose pink color by Petticoat Junktion

And the number one most commented-on furniture makeover is the dusty rose-colored bed. I admit this is at the tip top of my favorite list. I mixed several colors of MMSMP together to get this color. I was experimenting and it took me forever to get the color I wanted. Can you believe I paid $3 for the headboard and footboard at the thrift store? Unbelievable. I picked up a set of rails at my favorite junk shop.

Make Furniture Look Old or Antique

furniture makeovers you love to hate

That’s it for me. I hope you liked this tour through the past and the fan favorites…..for good or bad. Kathy

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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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. Thanks Judy. I thought about doing the whole drawer and believe me, if my line hadn’t of turned out half way straight I would have painted the whole drawer, lol.

  2. Thank you Naomi. You are so sweet. I like that dresser with the curvy legs too but it was a bear! The pink one was gorgeous, all that detail.

  3. Kathy, I love the vintage dresser with the curvy legs that you had to do so much repair on. I can totally see it in my house. But, like many others, my all-time favorite is that gorgeous soft pink bed! The carving on it is just incredible and shows up so nicely with the distressing you did. Surprising to me is the fact that I also liked the bedside tables that you did in the silver paint. I wouldn’t normally think that they would appeal to my taste, but I could see them looking great in the right setting.

    All your projects are winners, girl! You definitely have the touch!

  4. They are all beautiful, but the red radio cabinet is heaven. Just love, love, love it!

  5. I love all of the projects, but my favorite is the chest with the gold stripe. That is so sharp. I am going to try to achieve a similar look with a tall highboy. I think I will paint one entire drawer front in the Goldman’s however, because I am not confident I could get such a sharp, straight line. Thanks for the inspiration for this and so many other projects.

  6. The Red Radio Cabinet has been, and still is, my favorite …. maybe because of the color. I’m more of a bright color girl, so I generally don’t get excited by grays and tans. That being said, I love all your pieces … it’s almost like the piece speaks to you and you know what it’s going to be and how to do it! Keep up the great work … you inspire us all and we love you!