Awesome and Easy Furniture Makeover with Video

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Are you looking for a furniture makeover? Here are some basic and easy steps to get you started today. Plus there’s a video.

I wanted to try my hand at furniture makeovers and when I found this shelf for $5 I knew it was a great piece to work on. Added bonus, I already had several items on hand to work on it.

Here's the original shelf unit. It was an oak shelf that had been painted gray. I used my Black and Decker Orbital Sander on the piece. I sanded most of the gray paint off, and got it ready so the new paint would adhere well.

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Awesome and Easy Furniture Makeover Instructions

1. Sand the Furniture

Here’s the original shelf unit. It was an oak shelf that had been painted gray. I used my Black and Decker Orbital Sander on the piece. I sanded most of the gray paint off, and got it ready so the new paint would adhere well.

I used Krud Kutter and wiped the piece to clean it. Turned out the old paint was latex paint so it started wiping right off. I cleaned up as much as I could, sanded it again, and then cleaned it again.

2. Clean the piece of furniture

I used Krud Kutter and wiped the piece to clean it.

Turned out the old paint was latex paint so it started wiping right off. I cleaned up as much as I could, sanded it again, and then cleaned it again.

I painted the entire piece with Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in the color Nautical. I painted on one coat, let it dry, and then painted on a second coat.

3. Paint the furniture

I painted the entire piece with Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in the color Nautical. I painted on one coat, let it dry, and then painted on a second coat.

I picked out a Plaid stencil that reminded me of a daisy. I used Plaid stencil tape to hold the stencil in place while I would be working with it. I used Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in the color Summer Porch to stencil the center portion of the daisy. I loaded my Plaid stencil brush with paint, then dabbed it onto a paper plate to off load as much paint as possible. Then I dabbed it onto the stencil. You can see this in the video provided with this tutorial.

4. Add a stencil (optional)

I picked out a Plaid stencil that reminded me of a daisy. I used Plaid stencil tape to hold the stencil in place while I would be working with it.

I used Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in the color Summer Porch to stencil the center portion of the daisy. I loaded my Plaid stencil brush with paint, then dabbed it onto a paper plate to off load as much paint as possible. Then I dabbed it onto the stencil. You can see this in the video provided with this tutorial.

I then used Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in the color Sheepskin to continue the daisy look finishing the stencil. Once the paint was on, I carefully peeled the stencil away. I washed the stencil while the paint dried so I could use it later.

I then used Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in the color Sheepskin to continue the daisy look finishing the stencil.

Once the paint was on, I carefully peeled the stencil away. I washed the stencil while the paint dried so I could use it later.

I painted the top and bottom shelves the same with the yellow in the middle and white on the outside. The center shelf I did the reverse, and painted white in the middle and yellow on the outside. I let this dry completely before moving onto the next step.

I painted the top and bottom shelves the same with the yellow in the middle and white on the outside. The center shelf I did the reverse, and painted white in the middle and yellow on the outside.

I let this dry completely before moving onto the next step.

I painted the entire piece with Folk Art Home Decor Varnish, let it dry and then painted on a second coat to seal it. I let it dry and it was ready for use. I'm thrilled with how it turned out.

5. Seal the furniture

I painted the entire piece with Folk Art Home Decor Varnish, let it dry and then painted on a second coat to seal it.

I wanted to try my hand at furniture makeovers and when I found this shelf for $5 I knew it was a great piece to work on. Added bonus, I already had several items on hand to work on it.

I let it dry and it was ready for use. I’m thrilled with how it turned out.

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A fresh coat of paint goes a long way. You can spray paint it or use a paint brush (just be careful of brush marks). Go with a bright color or something darker like navy. Add accents like gold leaf, or stenciling. Be sure to add a top coat to protect your hard work and preserve that beautiful finish. It’s an inexpensive way to furnish your home. I hope this DIY furniture makeover inspires you. I’d love it if you would subscribe.

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36 Comments

  1. That table is adorable! I love the folkart paint, it always covers so nicely. Thats such a pretty stencil too.

    1. Thank you so much Jenny, I am so happy with the way it turned out. Such a Plaid fan πŸ™‚

  2. I love stenciled furniture and this piece turned out so pretty, Chas. Your stencil looks perfect!

    1. Thank you so much Beverly, you are just so sweet friend πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you very much Michelle, I’m so excited how it turned out.

    1. Thank you so much Allyson, I am really pleased with how it turned out πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Gail, I was so lucky to get it for that price.

  3. That is really pretty, that blue is a beautiful colour. What a fab makeover.

    1. Thank you Julie, I’m really excited about it too. Trying to break out and try some new colors as I tend to always lean towards neutral.

  4. What a beautiful and functional piece. I love that bright blue color you’ve chosen too. Pinned.

    1. Thank you Joanne, it was fun breaking away from the neutral colors that I usually go to.

  5. What a wonderful transformation! I love the colors you chose! Thank you for the step by step directions. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    1. Thank you so much Marci! I’m thrilled you like it and the colors. We are enjoying it too πŸ™‚

  6. Fantastic corner shelf makeover. Those bright flowers really make it a happy piece. I would love to have one like that.
    Have a great week,
    Kippi

    1. Thank you so much Kippi – I’m so thrilled with how it turned out and we’re putting it to great use.

  7. I knew this was your work before I clicked on it. ? I love it! Such a pretty shade of blue and such lovely flower motifs.

    Michelle
    mybijoulifeonline.com

    1. Thank you so much Michelle – love that you can recognize my work.

  8. That turned out so cute! I love that shade of blue.

  9. A great thrifty find and a super cute makeover too! I really like your stencil flower, it adds a nice touch. Thanks for sharing at The Ultimate Pinterest Party this week

    1. Thank you so much Ali – we are putting it to great use already

  10. That corner shelf would be so useful! I’m so glad you gave it new life – thanks for the terrific tutorial πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Linda, we are loving it and putting it to great use.

  11. This is a great DIY makeover. I wish I had seen this before I sold the one we had in our bathroom. #TrafficJamWeekend

    1. Thank you Antionette, I’m so glad you like it. I can totally relate, learning how to do something just after you let it go.

  12. I love this! My mom used to have a little table/shelf like this and I now have the perfect place for one, of course, she no longer has the shelf and I have yet to find something similar that works for my space. You are so lucky and I love the makeover

    1. Thank you Emily and I totally know what you mean. I was lucky to find this table for $5 and it was fun to re-do. It’s getting lots of use.

  13. Marilyn Lesniak says:

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    1. Thank you so much Marilyn, I will see you at the next onel

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