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

Over 30 Furniture Makovers from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

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It’s been about a year since I rounded up a few (or 30) of my own furniture makeovers, so I thought it was time to put together another. Most of these pieces were absolutely nothing fancy to begin with, but a little TLC went a long way.

Let’s start with this little shabby sewing machine table. It was really quite beat up when I found it, but for $10, I dragged it home anyway…


It had so many dings and bumps that I kept it pretty shabby to make them work.

Sewing cabinets make perfect side tables!

Sewing Cabinet Side Table

Next up is this little side table that I picked up at the thrift store for less than $20:


I updated it with paint and the addition of fabric on the drawer panel. It’s not so plain anymore!

Update a plain side table with a little paint and fabric!

Updated Side Table with Fabric Drawer

I’m not sure why but this little rocker I picked up for just a few dollars is one of my favorite makeovers:


It turned out so sweet, and sold right away!  I shared how to add a padded seat in this post:

Shabby Chic Rocking Chair/ Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Shabby Little Rocking Chair

This next little table had a paint job that was a total hot mess, but for $7 I figured I would try to do something with it:


I added lace detail using a lacy café curtain and spray paint!

Lacey -Drawer Side Table

Lacy Drawer Side Table

Boy I did a lot of side tables! Here is this little cookie cutter one before:


It got a new look with grey and white paint:

Grey and White Side Table. A cookie cutter table now looks like a high end cottage-inspired piece!

Grey and White Side Table

Next up is this entry table I scored at an estate sale for cheap:


Fabric was a fantastic addition to this piece (and I kept it!):

Entry Table updated with paint and fabric!

Entry Table with Fabric Inlay

This next project was a surprise for my Mom. I redid her whole bedroom suite while she was out of town. It was super 80’s oak before:


Some new feet, hardware, and a sweet new paint job brought this pretty piece right up to date!

This was a dated oak dresser that was brought to life with DIY chalk paint!

Oak Dresser Makeover

How about something other than white? This was my number one most viewed post that I shared in 2015:


This headboard I turned into a bench was the perfect candidate for Mason Jar Blue Milk Paint:

Mason Jar Blue (Junque Boutique Milk Paint) Headboard Bench from Confessions of a Serial Doi-it-Yourselfer

Mason Jar Blue Headboard Bench

Shortly after that,  I shared how I managed to change up a table my Mom had painted a coastal scene on:


Without painting over her artwork:

French-Inspired Coffee Table Makeover with Fabric and Lesley Riley's TAP paper

French-Inspired Coffee Table Makeover

I love so many things about this next set that I found for around $60:


This is actually an old chart table, but adding a couple of coordinating chairs, I thought it would make a great set for an office:

Table and Chairs with French Flair

Paris, Table for Two

This little serving piece was 75% off on the final day of an estate sale:


I updated it with French Linen chalk paint and thought it could double as a TV stand:

Server/TV Stand in French Linen

French Linen Server

This crazy sponge painted dressing table was a $20 Estate Sale find:


I paired it with a petite chair I already had purchased for just a few dollars to create a beautiful set for a sweet young lady:

Dressing Table makeover using Annie Sloan chalk paint in French Linen

French Linen and White Dressing Table

Here’s another little thrift store side table I scored for a great price:


The addition of a harlequin pattern made this such a unique piece:

French Linen Harlequin Painted Side Table

Next up is this hutch I found at my neighborhood’s annual yard sale for only $60:


The addition of bead board on the back and a fresh coat of white paint turned into a quick sale!

$60 Chalk Painted Yard Sale Hutch

$60 Yard Sale Hutch

This pedestal table was a $10 yard sale find from the same neighborhood sale:


It went thorough a couple of changes before I settled on this color combination for a fresh coastal-inspired feel:

Coastal Inspired Pedestal Table in Duck Egg Blue and White

Coastal Pedestal Table

This next little chair was one of those things I purchased only because  it was so cheap! I got a pair of these chairs for $3 a piece:


I had no idea how I was going to make these unique, but a little makeover with some Robin’s Egg Blue spray paint seemed to do the trick:

Robin's Egg Blue Chair Makeover

Robin’s Egg Blue Summer Chair

I couldn’t pass up this classic oval yard sale coffee table:


A little hand-painted French Detail gave it a whole new personality:

Coffee Table with French Graphics

Coffee Table with French Graphics

I picked up this antique folding sewing table with the $3 chairs:


A new paint job and it makes the perfect little writing desk. I thought it would make a great addition to a spare bedroom:

Antique folding sewing table.

Antique Folding Sewing Table

How about this cane-backed club chair:


New upholstery using the leftover curtain panels from the Paris Table set brings this little beauty right up to date:

Vintage Cane Club Chair Makeover

Vintage Club Cane Chair Makeover

This was a big brown dated beast of a dresser that I found at Good Will:


It got a much more sophisticated look with some of my favorite fabric added to the drawers:

This thrifty dresser got a whole new look with some paint and fabric!

Fabric Inlaid Dresser

I had this night stand that had similar lines, so I did it to match the dresser:

This little thrift store piece was the perfect candidate for a little paint and fabric!

Fabric Inlaid Night Table

I did several dressers last year. Here is another that I found for only $40 at a yard sale:


It was prefect for a simple shabby makeover:

The perfect style dresser for a shabby little makeover!

The drawers are my favorite part…

Line the drawers in different coordinating paper for an unexpected fun touch.

Shabby Little Dresser

Here’s an antique beauty that didn’t start out so beautiful:


Ah…that’s better:

Antique Dresser Revived with Behr's Gray Morning made into chalk paint.

Antique Dresser Revival

My sectional also got a makeover:


With the addition of my new DIY slip covers:

Sectional Slip Cover Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Sectional Slip Cover

This next piece had a broken seat, but it was so cute and the price was right:


It’s so much sweeter now, plus I shared how to fix the seat in this post:


Petite French Chair (& How to Fix a Broken Seat)

I almost didn’t get to bring this home since a girl was literally hugging it at the thrift store:


But it was meant to be…

This sad little bookcase I found at the thrift store is now a coastal cottage charmer! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Bookcase Makeover

I painted this next piece  for our “Black” Themed Furniture Thursday:


Of course black isn’t really my thang, but close enough! I replaced the broken mirror with a chalkboard, and the sides got  the stripe treatment. (I ended up selling it as a set with the petite French chair above!) :

Black and White Shabby Dressing Table /Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Black and White Dressing Table

This sweet plant stand was a thrift shop challenge between me and my buddy, Nancy from Artsy Chicks Rule. (We even made a video!):


 It looks so much more updated with its grey and white paint job:

Thrift store find updated with Paris grey and white paint form Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Grey and White Plant Stand

This empire dresser  was more trouble than I bargained for:


After nearly reducing me to tears, it turned out great in the end:

Empire Dresser Makeover from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Empire Dresser Makeover

This table and chair set is one of my favorite makeovers! I picked this up for only $40:


Love this coastal color combo!

How to paint a laminate kitchen table from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

How to Paint a Laminate Kitchen Table

This $20 yard sale table started out painted:


The paint job was really bad though so I decided it needed to be uncovered a bit to reveal that beautiful wood beneath:

Oval library table redone using Citristrip by Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Oval Library Table Makeover

There you have it, Friends, over 30 of my own furniture makeovers from the past year. A lot of my pieces were smaller this year as they move faster in my booth space, but I think I was able to get a few more done.

Over 30 Furniture Makovers from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

If you enjoyed this post, you’ll love this one too:

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

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

And if you’re in the market to try few makeovers of your own but don’t know where to start, you might find this a great place to get you going:How to Paint Furniture using Chalk PaintHow to Paint Furniture using Chalk Paint

I’ll be back on Thursday sharing another furniture transformation…this antique dressing table I found at the Habitat Restore:


See ya then!

UPDATE: No need to wait…see the transformation of this beauty HERE now!



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  1. Just have one thing to say. You are a genius girl!!! xoxo

  2. Christy, you are so talented and so busy. One is prettier than the next!! When do you find the time to make all these amazing creations? Do you even have room in your house for all these lovelies or do you sell them?

  3. Mary Meusburger says

    Christy – You continue to inspire me! You have such an eye for turning something old into something new! As I walk through thrift stores and yard sales, I always find myself wondering “What would Christy do with this?” You are, indeed, a very talented lady!

    • Thank you so much, Mary! I truly appreciate that. Sometimes I don’t even know what I’ll do with something, but inspiration usually finds its way. Have a great day! XOXO

  4. Hi there Christy- It was fun looking at all your projects again, in fact there were several that I hadn’t seen before. Thanks again for all the work you put into your wonderful and informative blog. As I’ve said before it’s one of my fav’s.

  5. I remember each and every one of these beautiful furniture makeovers. So much talent girl!!!

  6. Tina Matteson says

    What a great post! Thanks for sharing all these amazing makeovers!!

  7. Are you on Pinterest? (I couldn’t find you there. )