Your Favorite Furniture Makeovers of 2018

Happy New Year, AMAZING friends!! Wow can you believe 2019 is here already?

I truly missed ya’ll last week, but it was nice to unplug and just be present for the holidays. I am refreshed and SO ready to see what we can get into in this brand new year ahead!

But first, I’d love to share what your favorite posts were this year! With over 100 new posts in 2018, there are a lot of projects that you may have forgotten about or missed altogether!

Remember these??

12 Top Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers

Today I’m going to count down your 12 favorite furniture makeovers, and then I’ll be back on Thursday with your favorite non-furniture projects! I always enjoy looking back and I hope you do too!




Starting this countdown off at number 12 is this $25 thrift store dresser that had definitely seen better days:

You know I love a challenge and as you know, paint has magical powers…

Dresser makeover using Wind Speed by Behr

I loved the knobs on this one:

Antique Dresser painted in Behr's Wind Speed from

And the drawers got this pretty fabric lining:

Antique Dresser painted in Behr's Wind Speed from

See more details of this makeover HERE


Coming in at number 11 is this $60 Habitat Restore dresser I shared in November:

It wasn’t fully functioning when I found it, but a few easy fixes and a new paint job is all it needed:

Blue dresser with whitewash finish from

I gave this one a whitewash treatment for a coastal feel:

Blue dresser with whitewash finish from

Revisit this pretty dresser HERE.


Next up is this headboard bench I bought at a craft market several years ago:

Ya’ll really liked the dark new look of this one:

Black painted headboard bench

I don’t usually use black, but I do love the sophistication it adds to the simplest of pieces.

See more of this makeover HERE.


At number nine is this dated little rocker I picked up for $5 at the thrift store:

This little gem looks like it hasn't been updated since the 70's!

New fabric and fun graphics were just the update it needed!

Dated little rocker gets a makeover from

This sold almost right away!

Dated little rocker gets a makeover from

See more of this cutie HERE!


This next makeover is one of my favorites! It started out as this dresser I found at the thrift store for $75:

This dresser was perfect for office just needed a little update!

I almost missed the potential in this one at first.

All those drawers made it the perfect storage piece for my office…

Dresser turned Office Storage from

I swapped out the hardware on just the top two drawers to change up the look and painted the rest of the originals. I love the mix…

Dresser turned Office Storage from

These beautiful details were hard to see in its before state:

Dresser turned Office Storage from

See more details of this makeover HERE


Up next in the countdown is this ho-hum headboard I picked up for $10 at a yard sale:

I love turning headboards into benches, and this one turned out prettier than I thought it would:

$10 Garage sale bed turned sweet bench from

A wooden appliqué added to the back gave this bench the touch of pretty it needed.

How to make a headboard bench from

See how I created this bench from a headboard HERE


Hutches are great sellers for me, so I always keep an eye out for them. This was a the top of my limit at $99:

It was beautifully crafted though, and in great condition. I actually loved the glass door inserts, but they gave it a bit of a dated feel.

Bead board saved the day here:

Now this piece offers great closed storage, or the doors can be left open to show what is displayed inside:

And the top got a coastal-inspired whitewash treatment:

Painted hutch makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.comSee more of this coastal cottage-inpspired hutch redo HERE


This next makeover is one I really was tempted to keep:

I bought this off of our old neighbor for $100. It had split all across the top, so that made it easier to paint…

Antique Serpentine Dresser Makeover from

I never tire of a simple white makeover, and it seems ya’ll enjoy them too!

And I never tire of beautiful classic glass knobs either.

See more of this makeover HERE


This next makeover was a favorite of mine as well. At number four is this hutch I picked up for a steal at $60:

This one got my favorite blue…

Painted Hutch from

And the addition of a couple of sweet stencils on the doors:

Painted Hutch from

Revisit this pretty hutch HERE


In the number three spot is this TV cabinet makeover I reshared just before the holidays:

Stripes and stencils turned this outdated piece around for sure:

TV cabinet turned storage armoire from

And swapping out the old TV cabinet innards for shelving made it functional once again!

TV cabinet turned storage armoire from

See more of how I transformed this cabinet HERE


Your second most favorite furniture makeover of the past year was this $30 dressing table I scored at the thrift store:

I couldn’t grab the tag on it fast enough!

The veneer was so pretty that I just didn’t have the heart to paint over all of it…

Antique Dressing table makeover from

So I kept the drawers as is and refinished the beautiful top:

Antique Dressing table makeover from

I also painted this chair to match:

Antique Dressing table makeover from

The whole piece feels so much lighter visually.

See more of this makeover HERE. (Visit the chair makeover HERE.)


And your number one favorite furniture makeover I shared in 2018…drumroll please…

Our kitchen island!

It started out like this:

And became this…

Updated kitchen island with 1X4s and beadboard from confessionsofaserialdiyer.comn

It really makes a statement in our new and improved kitchen!

How to add beadboard to kitchen island

See all the details of how I beefed up our island and added bead board HERE. (You can see more of our kitchen makeover HERE!)

I hope ya’ll enjoyed this look back with me! Any favorites?

Top 12 Thrift Store Top 12 Thrift Store Furniture Makeovers of 2018 from

Wishing you all a year full of joy and memorable moments!

Meet me back here Thursday to see what non-furniture makeovers made the top 12…here’s a hint:

UPDATE: No need to wait! See how I reimagined these items HERE now! 🙂



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  1. I loved all of these makeovers. I sure wish I could shop at those stores. I don’t see such promising pieces in my area.????

  2. So many amazing projects last year!! Can’t wait to see what this new year brings!! Happy New year, my sweet friend!!???? xo

    • Thank you, Nancy!! I am excited for a fresh new year! Can’t wait to see what we get into!! Happy New Year!! ????????????

  3. I love all your different projects….they all are so beautiful. You give me so much inspiration. I looked at your before pics then your after pics..then think to myself….Dang Girl…you nailed it…????

  4. Christy,
    You had a great year!!! Keep up the good work…..quit slacken!!!
    Happy New Year to you and your family!!!!…..see U in 2019!!!!
    Addie XXOO

  5. Pamela J Mann says

    I absolutely LOVE your talent! I like to see every new project you show us. I refurbish furniture and before I begin each piece I pull up your site to get an idea of what I want to do to it; yours is such an inspiration!

    • You are so sweet, Pamela, thank you so much! I am thrilled to hear that you have found inspiration here. Here’s to creating in the new year! XOXO

  6. Mari Jo Bell says

    Please tell me how to get that wonderful shade of blue. What is the product?

  7. You are such an AMAZING artist! Everything you touch is so beautifully transformed…EVERYTHING! Thank you for all your inspiration and continuing to inspire all of us furniture painters out there. Happy 2019! Can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve this coming year!????

    • Aww I appreciate your sweet words so much, Carrie, thank you!! I’m really looking forward to a fresh new year of creating, and I’m so happy to have you along for the ride! XOXO

  8. Meloney Dunton says

    I love all of your furniture makeovers. You are very talented. I sure wish I had a good thrift store like you do!

    • Thank you so much, Meloney! We are lucky to have several thrift stores to choose from here and the heavy military population that is consistently moving in and out of the area helps keep them in business!

  9. You are such an inspiration to this redecorator of 77 years!! such a talented young woman! Thanks for sharing all your beautiful ideas! beautiful

  10. I loved all the ideas and pieces you have mentioned here, but personally I liked the dated little rocker that you picked in just $5. I am amazed that there are still such kinds of promising pieces which can be grabbed at such cost effective rates. By adding these traditional items you can simply enhance the look of your homes and I think this piece is one of those amazing interiors that can even raise the price of your home.


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