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!

  32. I love the suggestion in #4! Painting most of the furniture and leaving some of it as natural wood creates a great contrast in texture. Using a stencil design on the wood, like with the blue table you pictured, seems like a great idea as well. I definitely want to try that out with some of my old furniture. Thanks for the ideas!

  33. Paint the furniture with some happy color really brings life! Thanks for other tips

  34. Great tips… Thanks for the share!!!

  35. Great idea! Everything is wonderfully crafted and I cannot wait to use your tips to create some of my own furniture! Thanks for all the information, everything in your article is explained carefully and clearly!

  36. I strongly dislike giving away perfectly useful furniture! It’s good to know that there are things I can do to give my furniture a new life. I love bright colors so I’ll definitely take your suggestion to paint my furniture a fun new color! I’ll also consider only painting certain parts of the furniture like you have shown. Thank you for these inspirations!

  37. Hello ASHLEY,

    Love your article, and the tips you provided to enhace the beauty of furniture.The colors are so pretty and the sanding was perfect to blend them together. You did such a great job.I am always rearranging furniture! I started as a teenager rearranging my bedroom and occasionally my college roommates would come home to find our tiny dorm rooms rearranged. This post inspires me to change things up in my home! It time for me to pull out the paint.

    Thanks For Sharing
    Have A Nice Day Ahead
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  38. Oh man I couldn’t have found this at a better time! I recently purchase a bunch of old wooden furniture at a local garage sale with the intentions of doing some art project. This has given me some awesome ideas! Thanks!

  39. Hey Ashley!

    I love the way you have posted about redo old furniture.This is the best way to make your home look appealing and fascinating.Not only this ,but it is highly cost effective and one can stick with their old plans by revamping furniture pieces. But today different types, shapes and sizes of furniture are available over the internet.

    One can simply choose any of their favourite type quite easily. It is also a fact that fully furnished rooms and homes looks extremely beautiful and entirely change the appearance of your home. It is possible to furnish a large room by arranging the seating on a central area rug, with accent and wall furniture taking away the emptiness of the peripheral areas.

    Ben Lothian

  40. Wow! Great post! @Ashley, must say you have a creative mind. The things you covered through the post are really interested. You have given great ideas. Keep posting..Thanks for this wonderful and informative post :)

  41. You are amazing Ashley. I like your idea. I would like to implement on my furniture products as well.

  42. I have liked your Ideas which makes me very happy because, I have huge old furniture in my house. My wife asked me for changing these but I am thinking how much need to change these furniture. Now, I am very happy because I don’t need to buy new furniture. I will make new old furniture following your way.

  43. Excellent ideas because buying a new furniture need serious amount. Following such ideas are really useful to add new a look to old furniture like rough country rustic furniture. Thank you for sharing.

  44. Love the ideas! I’m in the process of fixing up a 40+ year-old Boler trailer and wanted ideas for making it look great again! Love the textured wallpaper idea and may use it as a backsplash in the kitchen! Also, the idea of bright colours and reupholstering with cool fabrics makes me want to make new seat covers and curtains… the table in there is plain wood and now I want to paint and stencil it! Great post!!


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