Furniture Makeover Before and After

DIY Furniture Makeovers: Repurposing Furniture

May 18, 2013 | Apartment Décor, DIY Home Improvement

Do you stand in your apartment and feel as though you’re living in a college dorm? It happens to all of us! When you’re living on a budget, it’s hard to decorate your apartment exactly as you want. But you can make any boring piece of furniture into a unique centerpiece with a DIY furniture makeover. With a little bit of creativity, you can make old furniture new in a day’s time, and your apartment will look like an Anthropologie catalog without the ungodly price tag.

Imagine a Theme

So your current theme may be plain, boxy furniture, but we all know you want something with a bit more character. Come up with a general theme that you want for your apartment or a specific room. Do you like eclectic style and bright colors? Or maybe subdued tones and bold patterns? Whatever it may be, you can find some samples online for furniture makeover ideas and let the creativity flow. With a coat of paint, fabric, foam and decorative buttons, you can turn a shabby coffee table into a chic ottoman!

Garage Sales

Sure, the items you get at a garage sale may be scratched or dirty, but with a little TLC, you can have a dream piece. Dressers are fairly easy to find at garage and estate sales, and they are one of the easiest things to make over. If you already have a dresser you’d like to fix up, head to the local paint store and pick up a swatch of colors. You can ask to get a sample of each color on the swatch and paint each drawer a slightly different hue. You often can’t paint the walls in an apartment, so go bold when it comes to furniture colors! Consider a salmon, bright aqua or yellow that will look sophisticated and unique.

All About the Accents

If you’re repurposing a dresser or cabinet, replacing the knobs can make the world of a difference! Begin with plain white knobs and any color of permanent marker that you like. You can color the knobs with that color, place them in a cupcake tray with the knob facing up and pop them into a preheated 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes. They’ll come out a beautiful, glossy color!

If you’re repurposing a bookshelf or cabinet with glass doors, head to your local craft store and pick up some mod podge (or make your own) and scrapbook paper. Adding a bit of texture to the background is so simple and can make even the cheapest piece of furniture look classy and unique!

For DIY furniture makeover inspiration and other apartment decorating ideas, check out our Pinterest page!

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