15 Ways to Give Your Furniture New Life

Let’s face it, buying new furniture is expensive. So expensive, in fact, that I’ve never actually done it (besides couches, because I’m not awesome/crazy enough to DIY a couch). There is also the problem that new furniture is, well… boring. To me it all looks the same and  basically has zero personality. A great (and super cheap!) solution to this is to redo old furniture. But what do you do with your ratty old thrift store furniture once you get it home?

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1. Paint it a fun color

Paint your furniture a fun color

The simplest and most dramatic way to give your furniture some personality is to paint it a bold color. I know, it’s scary…at first. But the chances are that you will love it, and your fierce new furniture will become your favorite things in your house. And if it doesn’t…then you can just paint it again. That’s the great thing about painting furniture, it’s cheap and easy to change.

Fun colored furniture posts – green dresser, yellow command center table, paisley stenciled table, end table dog bedgreen porch chair, toy boxsmall yellow shelf

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  1. Great post Ashley! Love the way you put this all together! You are truly a pro! I have pinned it again!
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  2. Hi Ashley! You are one talented girl! I love this post and how you compiled all of your techniques! I found you at the Haven page and see that we are from the same area. Would love to meet you!!! Can’t wait for August!
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  3. This is such a great round up and there is definitely some furniture in my house that needs to be updated and spruced up! Pinned for when I’m ready to tackle those projects!
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  4. Love having a collage post of all the awesome things you’ve done to furniture! I’ve only done one piece myself (our ugly bathroom vanity, which turned out amazingly with a can of spray paint, gold stenciling, and some gold distressing), but we love to repurpose furniture! Our entertainment center consists of three bookcases, and I love it.

  5. Oh my gosh, I love this post! These ideas are awesome, especially the one about leaving a bit of wood showing. My dad freaks out every time I tell him I’m going to paint something because he thinks it’s a crime to cover up gorgeous wood. :-)
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  6. I love that bathroom vanity!
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  7. what a great pist, Ashley! love those stools!
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  8. hahah aPOST not pist…that would be weird. :)
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  9. My favorite.. Paint your furniture… Don’t Paint your furniture! I LOVE it!

    But really… you are amazing. Every piece is just perfection.
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  10. Wonderful Post!
    We’ve recently moved into a SEVERE fixer upper, and every dime is being stretched five different ways. While my Fiancee is worried about ripping down walls, and laying new flooring. I’m way more excited about finding new ways to decorate the place! Your post, inspired me to start revamping the furniture I have in the garage, waiting for a makeover.


  11. What a great article! You have been inspiring me for the last 14 months in my efforts in restoring furniture. I have loved your low-budget, real life approach to home restoration and life in general. It remains one of my favourite blogs to read.
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  12. Sharon says:

    Ashley…great post! I’m one that has always loved picking up cast-off furniture and remaking them into something for our home. When we were first married, we didn’t have the money to spend on new furniture because we put everything into getting our small farm paid off as quickly as possible. Then 5 children later….still not a lot of money for furniture…but I’ve always been one to love the old, used and something with a story. I love your blog and you always crack me up with your down to earth style of writing! Great post!

  13. What a great post!! I’m going to share this on my Facebook page. Love it!
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  14. Another great post Ashley! The fact, I keep coming back to this blog because of the useful tips you always shared. Just like in your latest post which I think can help lots of homeowners to save big money from furniture. They can do some make-over job to their old furniture instead of buying new ones which can cost them thousands of dollars.

  15. What a great grouping of tips!! I love to paint everything!!
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  16. I love these ideas! I know many times that if an item just had the “new look you’re going for”, that many of us would keep our existing items, saving space in landfills and saving ourselves money! Great article with awesome pics; thanks for sharing!

  17. What great ideas! I know many of our items would stay in our house if we all just “repurposed” them and gave them new life. We would save landfill space and definitely money! Thanks for sharing your creativity ~

  18. I’m really impressed with the Union Jack coffee table. You don’t always have to strip and refinish furniture to give it new meaning. As the flag inspired coffee table shows, you can add a few dashes of color here and there (while maintaining the integrity of the unity) to completely transform the look of your furniture.

  19. Furniture can make or break the overall look of your home. So, it is very important for you to keep your furniture looking new and stylish.

  20. Some great ideas there, I’m not to keen on the distressed look of furniture… but each to his or her own I suppose, makes me wish I had some old furniture around to spruce up…
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  21. Diane Bellora says:

    I love your ideas, but I do think that there should be a disclosure that if you suspect that the piece of furniture is in good to fair condition and may be an antique, have sentimental value or may be made of fine wood, don’t do anything to it until you’re contacted someone knowledgeable to determine if the value of the piece would be diminished by redoing it.

  22. Some ideas I love, and some I’m not so keen on.
    The stencils look really cool, and I also like the contrast you’ve got going on by painting part of the furniture and leaving the top surface as natural wood.
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  23. Fantastic ideas @Ashley. I am almost in love of this post. Laughed a bit while having a look at the new kind of puppy house. :P

  24. Jan Elizabeth says:

    What a useful collection of tips. Also reminded me of a bunch of your projects I’d forgotten. I’m partway through refinishing my son and DIL’s dining room set, which used to be my parents’. (Paint and wood!) So the inspiration is helpful!

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  26. My wife and I have been shopping for old furniture and saving money doing so. I think the rustic look is great for our new home, but I like some of these ideas. We have gotten some refurbished and touched up and it really made a big difference.

  27. Great idea Ashley! You are so talented. There are some furniture at my home as well and those need to be updated. The tips are great and thank you for sharing.
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  28. I have a desk and chair that are a bit old, so I really appreciate these restoration tips. I like the idea of painting it a fun color, as well as stenciling it. Perhaps for the table, I can do the painting bit, and then I can upholster the chair. Thanks for the tips!

  29. I read your post and loved it. This is an amazing idea to renovate our furniture or giving a new look to our old furniture. I am also gonna apply these ideas on my old furniture so that I can give new look to my furniture as well as to my home.
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  30. The idea to add a design to your furniture using stain was really inventive, and I thought it looked really nice. There are a lot of different stain colors available, so you could come up with a lot of different things to try. I also think the furniture painted all white looked really classy and well-done.

  31. I love the tip about painting furniture in a fun color. It draw attention to it and makes us like it the more. It sure is a money-saver. Also gives furniture a new life. Thanks for sharing!


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