10 Expensive Looking Makeovers For Your Old Furniture

Turn your old furniture into something beautiful again with these creative furniture makeovers that will totally transform how they look.

10 Expensive Looking Makeovers For Your Old Furniture

If you’re like me, you have acquired some furniture over the years that is still in good condition and is really functional, but you just don’t like the look of it.

Rather than spending more money to go and buy something new, I usually like to do a makeover on these old furniture pieces.

Since I have started planning a makeover for my master bedroom, I have realized that there’s quite a lot of furniture in that room which falls into this category. So I’m going to be doing a bunch of furniture makeovers!

To get into the groove, I like to look back at some of the projects from the past that have resulted in successful old furniture makeovers. I thought I would share some of the ones that we’ve done plus a few from other bloggers that will provide some inspiration.

1. Upholster an Armoire

Makeover an armoire by upholstering it
Makeover an armoire by upholstering it

In my dining area, I have an old TV armoire that provides a ton of storage. Since I have a ton of tableware, I really need all that storage! But the old armoire just didn’t go with my decor.

So I decided it needed a furniture makeover.

Painting it black and using some sparkly upholstery tacks to add some fabric to the front doors definitely upgraded its appearance.

The dining room with the new upholstered armoire
The dining room with the new upholstered armoire

One of the advantages of having fabric on the front of my armoire? It matches the backdrop on the end wall of the dining area.

You can find the tutorial for upholstering an armoire here.

2. Reupholster A Chair

Upholstered French provincial chair

French Provincial Chair via confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

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Speaking of upholstery…painting and re-upholstering chairs is another way to makeover your old furniture.

Christy from Confessions of a Serial DIYer transformed a really ugly old chair into a black and white French Provincial beauty.

You have to check out her post to get the instructions and see what this looked like when she started!

3. Paint Your Upholstery

Chalk painted chair makeover

Chalk painted chair from Nancy at Artsy Chicks Rule

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Reupholstering can be a lot of work and not everyone wants to put in that much effort to do an old furniture makeover.

Another option that takes a lot less work, is painting your upholstery with chalk paint! I have never been brave enough to actually try this, but Nancy at Artsy Chicks Rule did. And the results are stunning!

She even talks about how well it held up if you read the comments, so be sure to head over to her site to find out all the details.

4. Add Gold Trim To Old Chairs

Gold trimmed chairs
Gold trimmed chairs

If you don’t mind the fabric on the chairs, then you might just need to paint the wood to make them look better.

DIY gold trim on chairs
DIY gold trim on chairs

My mother updated some of her old chairs by painting them white and and then making the details stand out by adding some gold. You can find how to paint gold trimmed chairs here.

They’ll be featured in her upcoming room makeover, so stay tuned for that!

5. Gold Leaf a Bar

Black and gold bar cabinet
Black and gold bar cabinet

I used gold to makeover one of my old pieces of furniture, too.

I really love the functionality of this bar. It folds up so it doesn’t take up much room when you’re not using it. It also has a lot of storage space, and opens up to provide a perfect serving area for parties. But I didn’t love the way it looked.

DIY Gold leaf cabinet doors
DIY Gold leaf cabinet doors

Painting it with black lacquer and adding gold leaf to the front really changed the look. Now it totally goes with my Eclectic Deco Glam decor!

You can find out how to do this gold leaf bar makeover here.

6. Upgrade An Old Wood Table With Urban Metal Paint

Table painted with Urban Metal paint
Table painted with Urban Metal paint

Okay, so this table isn’t really metal, but it does look like it!  Painting an outdated table with a metallic sheen is an easy way to update it.

This technique uses a couple of different colors that really add depth to the finish. You can find the urban metal table tutorial here.

The result definitely fits in with the rest of my mother’s office makeover.

7. Wrap Shelves In Aluminum

Shelves wrapped in aluminum flashing
Shelves wrapped in aluminum flashing

While the last furniture makeover might not have been transforming your table into a metal one, this one actually is!

If you have some plain wood boards or old melamine shelves and want to really modernize the look, wrapping them in aluminum flashing is an inexpensive way to do that.

DIY shelf with aluminum flashing and crystal upholstery tacks
DIY shelf with aluminum flashing and crystal upholstery tacks

Because I like everything to have a little glam, I added some more of those sparkly upholstery tacks around the edge.

Find the metal shelf tutorial here.

8. Upcycle A Shelf To A Filing Cabinet

DIY Industrial filing cabinet on wheels
DIY Industrial filing cabinet on wheels

I had half of an old closet organizer shelf hanging around in the garage for the longest time.

When I was redoing my den and needed a place for my files that looked good with the new decor, I finally put to that shelf to good use, by converting them to an industrial glam filing cabinet.

It was a really inexpensive way to add some function to my office.

Click here to see my industrial glam filing cabinet tutorial.

9. Paint A Pattern

Pink, silver and gold patterned dresser

Lori from Vintage Charm Restored

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Lori from Vintage Charm Restored really outdid herself with this princess-inspired dresser makeover for her daughter.

She painted an old chest with a diamond pattern, zebra stripes and some gold trim. And then added some glam knobs for the finishing touch.

Yes, it’s a little over the top, but I love it!  It’s meant for a little girl, but I think I might have to find somewhere in my house to do something like this!

10. Make An Outdoor Sofa From a Claw Foot Tub

Outdoor sofa from a clawfoot tub

Outdoor sofa from a claw foot tub by One Krieger Chick

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This bathtub makeover is definitely the most creative project on the list…how awesome is this?

Ariean from One Krieger Chick decided to convert an old claw foot bathtub into an outdoor sofa. It looks so cozy I can just imagine sitting here reading a magazine!

Now I’m going to go figure out what to do in my bedroom. Hopefully you’ve found some inspiration for your own furniture makeover projects.

Have comments or questions on these old furniture makeovers? Tell us in the section below.



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  • I am aspiring to get an old claw foot to make a couch. Coolest idea in a long time. Waiting to get into my new house and all my things from storage. There are little tables my grandpa made I am going to paint and I have an old fashioned round table I had bought that I am trying to justify painting. A cabinet that needs freshened up. I had chalk painted my dining room table and chairs and they will have to be redone. I have learned much while waiting. Love your ideas.

    • Hi Jody…I love that claw foot tub turned into a couch idea, too! Now I’m on the hunt to find an old claw foot… It sounds like you have a bunch of projects waiting for you! I think you’re going to be busy doing furniture makeovers for a while 🙂

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