I went into the thrift store looking for mirrors.

And came out with this.

Isn’t that the way it always works?

Just between us? I couldn’t help myself.

It was on clearance.

I guess no one else saw the beauty in this piece of furniture. I guess no one else opened up the drawers or opened up those beautifully carved doors and saw what was inside. I guess no one else wanted a hutch for the price of dinner.

Good thing.

Because it was waiting for me.

Here’s another before picture and what it looks like now.

Here’s the before.

It’s a little worn and tired and only has three casters on the bottom of it.

But look at that carving.

And look at that potential.

Here’s a sneak peek of what it looks like now (see those drawers and cubbies on the inside).

I’m going to show you the rest next week.

This is just the base coat.

I’m going to add a little something to the inside and then something to highlight the front of it.

So to furniture-makeover tide you over, I’m sharing some of my favorite furniture befores and afters.

Here are 11 easy furniture makeover ideas you could finish this weekend.

1. Farmhouse hutch

This before hutch.

We turned it into a farmhouse hutch that’s in the living room now.

You can see it here.

2. Built-ins to bookcase

This before bookcase.

We made it into a built-in.

You can see the after and how we did it here.

3. Bookcase makeover

This is where this bookcase started.

And then?

We added tile to the back of it.

I know, right? Tile. It was just leftover tile we had from another project.

You can see the after here.

4. Painted office area with table

This built-in space.

There’s a bookcase and then we cut a thrift store table down to size to make an office and completely transformed it with paint.

And now?

It looks like this.

5. Faux finish table

This thrift store table.

We painted it white and added a faux finish to the top.

It’s a distressed antiquing finish that’s one of my favorites.

And now?

It looks like this.

6. Coffee table makeover

You’ll never guess what I used to makeover this table.



Glue. Can you believe it?

And now?

It looks like this.

7. This table makeover

Here’s a simple idea to makeover a table in under an hour.

I’ll give you a hint.

Just add painter’s tape.

And now?

It looks like this.

8. Painted armoire project

This was a find from the thrift store for under $25.

It just needed a little makeover

And now?

It looks like this.

9. Planked farmhouse table

This was about to go to the donation bin.

Until I came up with an idea to save it.

And now?

It looks like this.

10. Filing cabinet makeover

This is a filing cabinet I got for $10.

And now?

It looks like this.

11. Stenciled dresser makeover

Here’s where this dresser started.

I added a stencil and a little gray paint.

And now?

It looks like this.

And one more for the road

This piece a testimony to the fact that not every furniture find needs a makeover.

Sometimes they just need a little love–especially when they started here.

Here’s to all the rescued furniture everywhere.

PS Can’t wait to show you my newest makeover next week.

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  1. Image for Karen Mary Karen Mary

    Wow! These are terrific! Thanks to your inspiration, I recently refurbished a similar hutch as a TV cabinet. From brown and dreary to creamy white, with smart new handles and a wallpapered interior back wall. If it's okay with you, I'm going to add a link to this post to my blog post last week about buying used furniture (what to look for)! You know, for inspiration!

  2. Image for Lyn Lyn

    You continue to amaze!!! Our daughter is the same way. She does a million projects in addition to being a busy wife, mom, and professional lady. She uses these projects as a way to relax and she always has about 10 things going. Her latest will be building a shorter height desk that will sit 3 for herself and her two young daughters in their office. She owns more tools and saws than most men. She has repurposed book cases, benches with storage space, dressers, etc. Her daughters ask her how she knows how to do all these things - she says it's girl power. At this stage in my life I'm more of an observer to you talented ladies. My last project though was painting a formerly dark stained hutch a really pretty blue color.

    1. Image for Katherine Alver Katherine Alver

      Encourage her always! Wouldn't it be wonderful if some day her daughters were as talented and interested in exercising their girl power!!

  3. Image for Kim Kim

    Beautiful projects and so inspiring! Started looking for china cabinets after seeing your makeover projects. Long story short, we found an Ethan Allen china cabinet, added some base cabinets and bookshelves, painted everything the same color, and created a custom entertainment center. Thank you for the inspiration!

  4. Image for Karen Karen

    These projects are all beautiful, KariAnne. I remember nearly all of them from the first time you posted about them. I clicked over to the table where you used frog tape and SW Naval. You said you gave it a coat of the blue and then went out for ice cream. By your updates on your weight loss, that's probably not your go-to thing these days. So proud of you. You're an inspiration. One of these days, maybe you could update us on your new adventures in learning to cook.

  5. Image for Maria Maria

    Oh it has been way too long since I have transformed a piece of furniture and reading this post makes me realize just how much I miss it!!!!! Love your creativity. I think my favorite is your painted office area:)

  6. Image for Susan Rushing Susan Rushing

    It’s going to be beautiful! Would you mind sharing the white paint color you choose for it? Thank you for sharing. :)

  7. Image for JC JC

    OOoooooo, what a makeover for the price of dinner! I love those drop handles and the carving is so pretty! The handles really pop now and the charm is all over it! What type of paint did you use? We......well my sweet husband ;) cut down an armoire to make it narrower to fit in our master bathroom. He did an amazing job. I'm picturing pretty folded towels, and soaps, salts, and sparkling glass apothecary jars holding all kinds of things in there. But first....I've been dragging my feet....like forever and a day..... about what color to paint it and which type of paint to use. My friend and I each have an armoire to paint, so we decided to set a date and both promise each other we will get our pieces done! Decorator girl peer pressure! That should do it!

  8. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    Love your furniture makeovers - one of my very favorite things in blogland because it takes "trash" to treasure and is soooooo good for the environment. I cannot wait to see your solid wood wardrobe's reveal. Whoo hoo. Have a happy weekend, KA.

  9. Image for Tara @ Stilettos and Shiplap Tara @ Stilettos and Shiplap

    There's not much I love more than a good furniture makeover and I am constantly looking for pieces to rescue and make over for my home. Almost all my furniture is thrifted and re-done and the pieces that aren't are just place holders until I find the pieces I'm looking for. Love these ideas! Keep up the great work.

  10. Image for Colleen Colleen

    i GASPED LOUDLY and disturbed the cat at your sneak peek of your beautiful new white cabinet! I can't wait to see it finished.

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