20+ Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer Furniture Makeovers

20+ Thrifty Furniture Transformations/ Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Are you in the mood for some awesome furniture makeovers? I’ve collected over 20 of my thriftiest furniture makeovers all in one place! I love being able to take something that is beat up or dated and give it a fresh new start.

I’ll start with one of my all time favorite transformations.

Many of you have seen these chairs a few times, but if you are new around here (welcome!), these are a can’t-miss. They started out so sad and were actually painted red, but for $55 each at an estate sale, they were worth the work:

French Provincial Chair Reupholstered

French Provincial Chair Makeover

This next piece was a church flea market find. It was a real score for $15!

Piano bench transformed with a fun harlequin pattern/ Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Harlequin Bench

I was on the hunt for  a table for my youngest for the longest time. This Facebook Yard Sale table was perfect…after its coastal redo:

Super fun coastal inspired kid's table makeover/Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer
Coastal-Inspired Kid’s Table Makeover

This next makeover gave me quite a fit with bleed-through, but I finally got it under control and I love the result. This was a $69 thrift store steal:

Blue and white china cabinet/ Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Duck Egg Blue and White China Cabinet

Here is one I’m pulling out from WAY back. It’s not really thrifty unless you consider it saved us buying a new sofa! My sectional was a crazy configuration and was just too big. I took a saw to it  and reconfigured it to work better for our needs. This mess of a photo gives you an idea what went on here:

I reconstructed my sectional to make it function better!

How I Destroyed and Rebuilt my Sectional

It’s so much better now, slip covers are next for this baby!

This next makeover is one of my favorites, mostly because it’s so dramatic. It was a real junker before. You really need to see how it started to appreciate it:

A men's valet becomes a sweet and feminine stool/ Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer
A Men’s Valet becomes a Sweet Stool for Her

This desk was a great estate sale find. I paired it with a $10 thrift store chair that was a perfect companion:

Adding french graphics to the top of this desk really made it unique! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Desk with French Graphics

Adding graphics to the desk top and back of the chair is what really makes this sweet set unique!

I love to add French graphics to furniture. This next set of petite antique side tables is really perfect for some Frenchy fun:

Petite side tables with French Graphics/Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Petite Paris Side Tables

This next find was another Facebook Yard Sale score. I got this for only $60!

It was upholstered to match my French Provincial chairs, but when I went to drop it off at my booth, the chairs had already sold. This sold shortly after:

Upholstered Headboard/ Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Upholstered Headboard

This little stool was a $5 yard sale find. It got a quick makeover using the same fabric:


Antique Mini-Bench Makeover

This next makeover was part of a contest hosted by a hardware company. This is a basic IKEA Rast that they provided, after a little hacking from yours truly:

IKEA Rast Hack/ Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Ikea Rast Hack

This thrift store table was stuck in a time warp, but I think the nautical compass helped give it an updated feel:

Nautical Compass Table/Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Nautical Compass Table

I found this chair for $5 at a yard sale. It has a secret drawer that makes it so unique!

Sewing chair with ruler graphic and secret drawer. Perfect for a craft room! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Sewing Chair with a Top Secret Drawer

This console table was a $10 yard sale find. I fell in love with its claw feet. I also added graphics to the top of this one:

Console Table with French Graphics/ Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

$10 Clawfoot Console Table

This next little estate sale find had fabric that was four layers thick! I shared them all in this post:

Dressing Table Bench/ Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Dressing Table Bench Makeover

This little chair was a fun one for Christmas:

Christmas Chair/ Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Oh Christmas Chair

This next piece was an estate sale find. I found it in the back of a shed covered in tools. It was in terrible shape when I came across it but I loved it back to beautiful:

Farmhouse Hutch/ Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Farmhouse Hutch

This well-used stool was found in the garage of another estate sale. It was built purely for function, but these are some of my favorite pieces to find, knowing it was used a lot:

Little bench built purely for function, made pretty/ Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

George’s Bench Makeover

This recent redo was a $55 thrift store SCORE, if I ever saw one! I didn’t even have a booth yet or anywhere to put it, but I bought it anyway!

Secretary Desk with French Graphics/ Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

French Secretary Desk

This bench with awesome storage was a $10 yard sale find:

Storage Bench with Grain Sack Stripe/Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Grain Sack Bench

These chairs got a facelift too…with simple slip covers!

How to Slip cover an armless chair/ Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Slipcovering an Armless Accent Chair

This little side table was just so sad with its horrendous paint job and chipping veneer, but for $7 I was willing to take a chance on it. A piece of lace curtain used as a stencil, added a sweet detail to the drawer:

Lacey -Drawer Side Table

Lacy-Drawer Side Table

And my most recent furniture score, this beautiful dressing table I found at an estate sale for $40!

Dressing Table Makeover in Annie Sloan Old White

It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to have beautiful furniture. If you like the look of painted furniture, but have never painted a piece before, buy a cheapie piece to practice on. You can always repaint, or sand and start new if you’re not happy with the results!

Here’s my step-by-step guide for painting with chalk paint:

How to Paint Furniture using Chalk Paint from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

How to Paint Furniture using Chalk Paint

If you want to see more furniture makeovers…check out 25 more here:

25+ Furniture Makeovers Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

25+ Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer Furniture Makeovers

I’m still working on something fun for the month of March and I can’t wait to share it with you! Hoping to share on Tuesday. I’ll be back with another fun round-up of thrifty goodness!

Update: Here‘s that thrifty round up!





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  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE all of your redos! Makes me so motivated to do my own!

  2. Thanks for the trip down memory lane Christy – I’d forgotten about some of those makeovers. You know I’m a huge fan of your work. There hasn’t been a piece yet that I didn’t absolutely love. Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us next!

  3. Really stunning makeovers! Great ideas! I have some old furniture that I thought that is good for nothing! This might be a lovely project! Thanks for the inspiration! Greetings, Storage New Southgate Ltd.

  4. I wish you were my handy next door neighbor!!!

  5. Ok let me just say … love, love, love! As I was was reading through I sould say to myself “Oh that’s my favorite.” But then I would read a little more and change my mind again. I just loved them all! You spoke to my heart. My passion is finding that lost treasure and brining it back to life. I hope to someday have a collection like yours to share. As of right now I just have a few pieces I have refreshed and shared. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Doesn’t it feel so good to love an old and dated piece of furniture back to life? If I were just starting out again, I would have a ball furnishing an apartment with thrifty finds. So glad you enjoyed my recap. It really is fun for me to look back at them all. 🙂

  6. You are so talented! It is crazy how much you accomplish – so many fab pieces!!