25+ Thrifty Furniture Makeovers

25+Thrift store, yard sale, estate sale furniture makeovers from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Hello my amazing, supportive, encouraging, awesome Friends!!  I am still working on a couple of unfinished projects, so today I decided to dig through my posts and pick out my favorite 25+ (okay, there’s 26 lol) furniture makeovers from this year to share with ya’ll! I always enjoy looking back, and I thought you might enjoy that as well!

Click on the link below each photo to see more of that project. Enjoy!

Up first is this antique dressing table I found at the Habitat Restore and paired with a thrift store mirror:

Antique Dressing Table Makeover using DIY Chalk Paint from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Antique Dressing Table Makeover

One of my favorites!

Next up is this antique cabinet that was missing the glass when I bought it:
Antique Cabinet makeover in Pure White DIY Chalk Paint from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Antique Cabinet Makeover

I loved that fabric on the back of the door.

This next one was only $5. I didn’t love it, but it was ONLY $5, right??

$5 Yard Sale Dresser makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

$5 Yard Sale Dresser Redo

That one didn’t last long.

This one was for my dear friend’s daughter:

French Provincial Night Table made over with Spray Paint from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Charlotte’s Night Table

She loved the pop of blue on the drawers that matched her room. That whole makeover was done using spray paint!

Up next is this sofa table I found at my neighborhood yard sale for $10:Give a plain table a cool update with pattern! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Patterned Sofa Table

I hadn’t planned on keeping this one, but when I staged it here behind my sectional to take photos, I loved it and decided it needed to stay!

Next is another $10 find…

Turn a Headboard into a Farmhouse Bench with the addition of a little reclaimed wood. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Farmhouse Headboard Bench

It was the childhood bed of the lady that was selling it so I knew I had to do something special with it. 🙂

This desk belonged to my neighbor. The top was water damaged so she asked me to paint it for her:French Provincial Desk Made over with Cottage White paint by Behr (made into DIY chalk paint) from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

French Provincial Desk Makeover

That was one of my dining room chairs…it matched perfectly!

This dresser sat in my garage for forever awaiting inspiration, but it finally struck…Black and White Fleur de Lis Dresser from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Fleur di Lis Dresser

Love how that one turned out!

 How about some color?

Sewing Table painted in Americana Decor Chalky FInish Paint in "Refreshing" from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Cottage-Inspired Table Makeover

That sat in my shop for the longest time. It finally sold last month!

This outdoor glider bench that sits in the entry leading up to our front door got a much-needed makeover in the Spring, new DIY cushion covers and all:Outdoor Glider Bench Makeover with new cushion covers from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Outdoor Glider Bench Makeover

Totally counts as a furniture makeover, right?

Next up is one of my favorites…this very dated hutch got a much-needed update!

Dated Thrift Store Hutch Makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 Dated Hutch Makeover

I’m always on the lookout for hutches…they are great sellers!

This is another piece that sat in my garage for forever…

Side Table painted in DY chalk paint in Behr's Gray Morning from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Simple Side Table Makeover

I finally painted it and it looked so pretty with it’s new blue hue!

This next piece turned out so feminine and pretty, but it didn’t start out that way…

French Linen and White Striped Dresser Makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Dated Dresser Makeover

It doesn’t even look like the same dresser!

You know I love my white-washed fence pickets. This bookcase got a cool coastal makeover when I added them to the back:

Reclaimed Wood Bookcase from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Reclaimed Wood Bookcase

Who knew that boring little bookcase could be so cute?

How about a kid’s furniture makeover?

Whale kids' table and chairs from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Kids’ Table Makeover

Those sad mismatched pieces came together perfectly with a little TLC and some paint, and children’s furniture always sells well.

This French Provincial side table was my guinea pig for my Homeright Paint Sprayer (affiliate link):


French Provincial End Table Update

It works great with my DIY chalk paint recipe!

This buffet was a $5 yard sale find…

Buffet makeover, a $5 yard sale score! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Buffet Makeover

Love the hidden pop of blue!

This next table is one of a pair that got a simple coastal inspired update:

Grey Morning and Cottage White End Table from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Coastal Cottage End Table Update

There were two of them, but they sold separately.

I loved the first bookcase I did with the wood backing so much that I decided to do a similar treatment to this one as well, only with a little color this time:

Bookcase makeover using old fence pickets for the backing. Now it's a coastal cutie! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Bookcase Makeover

Such a cool way to update an old bookcase!

This next piece belonged to my Hubby’s late Grandmother…

White Painted Vintage Dresser Makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Grandma’s Vintage Dresser Makeover

I think she would have loved it. I also did the taller dresser to match.

These inexpensive yard sale bar stools got a new look with this pretty green from Fusion Mineral Paint (affiliate link)…

Yard Sale Bar Stools Painted in Inglenook by Fusion Mineral Paint confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Painted Bar Stools

I love how they turned out. That was my first time using Fusion Mineral Paint, and I loved it!

This spindle bed sat in my garage for two years…so sad! It finally got its day to shine:

How to turn a spindle bed into a bench from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

How to Turn a Spindle Bed into a Bench

If you look closely, you can see blue peeking out from beneath the white paint with this layered look  I did using Vaseline.

I found this next little cutie while thrifting with my blogging buddy, Nancy from Artsy Chicks Rule. We made a video of our shopping trip you can see in that post!

Sweet child's rocker makeover with the addition of this cute owl. confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

 Child’s Rocker Makeover (& a fun video!)

That one didn’t last long as most children’s pieces don’t.

Except this one…someone used the chair to stand on and cracked it. I saw large footprints on the seat portion. I brought it home to see if I can fix it, but I might need to look for a replacement.Child's antique desk with a weathered wood top and chalk painted bottom from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Child’s Antique Desk Makeover

I loved how the top turned out on the desk.

This vintage coffee table got its second makeover last month:

Vintage coffee table gets a coastal makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Vintage Coffee Table Makeover

Hoping it sells now!

And my most recent…this pretty blue dresser that Jack and I teamed up for:
Thrift store dresser gets a coastal makeover by adding a fun graphic using the Silhouette Cameo. confesionsofaserialdiyer.com

Jack’s $30 Thrift Store Dresser Makeover

 I love how this turned out. This was the biggest project I’ve tackled with my Silhouette machine.

There you have it, over 25 of my thrifty furniture makeovers from this year!

25+Thrift store, yard sale, estate sale furniture makeovers from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

If you are feeling inspired to tackle a furniture project of your own, you may find my tutorial for painting furniture using chalk paint very helpful:Excellent tutorial for how to paint furniture using chalk paint step-by-step from confessionsofaserialdiyer.comHow to Paint Furniture using Chalk Paint

I hope you enjoyed this look back with me!

I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing how I updated this shelf (again):


See ya then, sweet friends!

UPDATE: No need to wait, see it HERE now!



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  1. I enjoyed this post. I love all of your furniture make overs, you do beautiful work.

  2. Marcie Lovett says

    So much fun to look through the catalog of past projects. Amazing what some paint can do! While they’re all marvelous, the dressing table/mirror combo remains my favorite.

    I think I missed the window of opportunity to use my new Homeright sprayer – first it was too humid, then it was too window, now it’s too cold. I feel like Goldilocks, waiting for just right conditions. Maybe I can get the tent and convert my living room a spray booth!

    • Oh that dressing table is definitely one of my favorites as well. I love that I was able to put those two pieces together! I’m even having a hard time using a brush lately…the cold weather is making the paint take forever to dry!! I usually paint outside…brrr! The tent is perfect for blocking out the wind, but won’t keep the cold out lol. 🙂

  3. Those are all such awesome projects!!! Love them all! xo

  4. Your work is amazing! I wish I had your eye for old furniture to buy and restore. My husband always tries to keep me from painting over a wood finish, but I do love painted wood! I need to just do it when he’s sleeping, I guess!

    • Thank you, Kathy!! I think most men feel that way. Luckily most of what I find is either very dated or not in the best condition, so that makes it easier to take a brush to them. 🙂

  5. Just give you a paint can and you can do MAGIC! Seriously loved this post, and now I have lots of inspiration for future projects. 😀 Thanks for sharing! I’m always torn about painting vs. stain but I LOVE these looks! I may have to change my ways. 😀 That $75 Hutch is a vision! I think I’m going to do something similar with the built-in hutch in our house. Someone painted it a green that I’m sure was beautiful at some point, but now just looks like rotten peas… Definitely in need of some love.

  6. What a fabulous year! I still really like the little book shelf with the fence board back. It ended up a beauty!! : ) Thanks for sharing all your gorgeous work with the world!

    • Thanks, Becky! I loved that as well…the couple that bought the big white hutch also bought that bookcase. I would have loved to see their house! Thanks so much for all the support this year…it means the world to me! XOXO

  7. Annie (Canada) says

    Hi Christy, I’ve been away from my computer for a bit so I’m just catching up on my favourite blog posts 🙂 I love ALL these makeovers <3 Great choices for the post 🙂