15 Painted Furniture Project Ideas

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The easiest and least expensive transformation is a furniture transformation. As I sit through another game of Catchphrase or Uno, my mental Rolodex is assessing what furniture remains in my house that I want to paint (or strip). Admittedly I love painting furniture, it’s such an easy way to breathe new life into an item that has lost it’s way and doesn’t quite fit into your decor.

So here is a round up of 15+ Awesome Furniture Painting Projects You Can Do!

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Let’s get started…

Here is one of Christy’s projects from Our Southern Home. Her mom bought her this antique desk in really bad shape at a yard sale for $15. She used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to revive it for her teen son’s room. You can find the complete how-to HERE from Our Southern Home.


Emperor’s Silk Dresser with dark wax by Sonya from At Home with the Barkers creates a striking piece!

Dresser- Emperors Silk-collage

 I know we are all interested in Dria’s post on How To Achieve a Brush Strokes Free Finish from Dio Home Improvements. Thanks, Dria!

Brush stroke free finish

 Lani from Simply Fresh Vintage has a tip involving White-Out that she used on this dresser! Why didn’t I think of it?!

Vintage Dresser

And of course, my own personal project…a $25 Goodwill table that I rescued, using paint and Mod Podge.

Goodwill Table Makeover Snazzy Little Things

Yes, you can paint laminate! Megan from Rappsody in Rooms shares the how to! Her entire porch is full of thrifty do it yourself ideas!

Painting a Laminate Dining Table Emerald and Gold - Rappsody in Rooms

Gorgeous redo from Beth over at Farm Fresh Vintage Finds! You won’t believe the before! Removing a few lower panels and replacing with bead board really updates this stunner!

Ballard Design Inspired Shutter Gray Hutch

 Beautiful piece from Petticoat Junktion. Kathy is fearless in her creativity! She is always generous in sharing her techniques with readers.

white wash furniture details on a turquoise chest

 Are you sitting down? This dining set was $85! Visit Christy from Confessions of a Serial Do It Yourselfer for the details! The transformation is amazing!

Dining Table Makeover

You can even update a piece with just stripes from Just a Girl and Her Blog! Abby adds grain sack stripes to an already painted chest for a quick update! Stripes are hot right now, and I love this look .  I did something similar on my painted leather chair.

Racing Stripes Dresser Update by Just a Girl and Her Blog

 Chateau Grey is my absolute favorite Annie Sloan Chalk paint color. Sharon from Mrs. Hines Class painted this old dresser, and it is now used as a media cabinet! Where is the “Love” button?

furniture makeover

 Check out this whimsical beauty by Amanda from Mommy is Coo Coo. The fabric and color choice are such fun!!! I have a major crush on this chair!

 Nancy from Artsy Chicks Rule is such a talented artist. She makes adding topography to furniture look so easy. Guess what…it really is! Visit Nancy for all the details!

Antique Sideboard Makeover - Chalk Paint-Graphics

 Beautifully painted furniture doesn’t have to just be painted in chalky paint brands. This is lovely finished in gloss from Lowe’s! Visit Paula from Sweet Pea for the color and details!

Trash to Treasure Dresser Reveal by virginiasweetpea.com

 Loving this retro table.  Jen from Girl in the Garage has awesome tips for painting geometric designs on furniture! She does lots of furniture so be sure to click around on her blog!

 This piece by Pamela From My Front Porch To Yours shows that you shouldn’t look over a badly damaged piece. This water damaged secretary is painted with not one, but two chalk paint colors. The inside is left stained…I love Pamela’s style.


 Serena from Thrift Diving has an amazing twofer (is that a real word?) for you! Not only will she share with you the paint project, but shares how to reupholster this chair in detail!

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 Last, but not least by any means is Julie from Lilacs and Longhorns. She transformed this Craig’s List find with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint AND added bun feet. Visit for the how-to.

Did any of these projects grease the skids? Are the wheels turning for what you can attempt in the New Year?  If so, I’m here to help!


Before I paint the front of a piece, I start with the sides. I perfect my techniques as a I complete a piece before I tackle the front.  If I’m trying out a new finish, I even grab a scrap piece of wood out of the garage to start.  Why attempt something for the FIRST time on a very visible portion of the piece? 

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  1. Thank you so much for including my hutch in this post. I’m honored to be included with so many beautiful re-do’s.

    1. Beth, thanks so much for stopping by…it’s a lovely transformation…very happy to have it on my blog. Thank Christy from Our Southern Home, too who helped me with this round up! Happy New Year to you!

  2. Love the graphic you made for this post!! Thanks for featuring my white wash piece!!