9 Ways to Transform Furniture With Paint

Get inspired to transform an old heirloom or a Craigslist find with these smart project ideas.

A little can of paint can go long way when applied in unique way, especially to an old piece of furniture that's seen better days. Don't stop at the first coat: be clever with where and how you're painting, and you'll blow your guests away.
HoneyBearLane THE PROJECT: Ombré Windsor Chairs Three chairs painted in gradating shades of blue and green come together to form a set that's greater than the sum of its parts. FURTHER READING: Honey Bear Lane
TheGoldJellyBean THE PROJECT: Colorblock Painted Stool Masked off before being painted, this stool has given a contemporary colorblock effect that looks at home in modern interiors. FURTHER READING: The Gold Jelly Bean
JelanieShop THE PROJECT: Semi-Gloss Bistro Table Painted in glossy coral paint, a bistro table becomes a bright and shiny focal point in a Norwegian home. FURTHER READING: Jelanie
SawdustandEmbryos THE PROJECT: Patterned China Cabinet One crafter went above and beyond simply updating an old china cabinet with a bright new shade: she hand-painted the cabinet backboard with a mod onion-shaped print. No, it's not wallpaper! FURTHER READING: Sawdust and Embryos
EmilyHenderson THE PROJECT: Tribal Side Table Designer Emily Henderson transformed a boring vintage Ikea demilune table by painting it raspberry pink and then making a triangular tribal-pattern stencil using masking tape and two lighter shades of pink. FURTHER READING: Emily Henderson
Musings THE PROJECT: Reverse Stencil Dresser One of FLOR's blog contributors applied a custom-designed vinyl decal to the front of a beautiful stained wood dresser, painted the negative space around it, and then removed the decal, effectively using it as a reverse stencil. FURTHER READING: Musings
FinArtCo THE PROJECT: Stealth Drawers Furniture maker Fin Art gave one of its dressers a stealth coat of blue in the interior of its drawers, only visible when open. FURTHER READING: Fin Art
MobelPobel THE PROJECT: Colorful Cafeteria Chairs One crafty blogger reinvented a pair of cafeteria chairs by unscrewing their wood veneer backs and then spray-painting only their steel bases. FURTHER READING: Møbel Pøbel
LisaScalo THE PROJECT: Gold-Trimmed Stool Trimmed with gold paint, a simple black and linen x-based stool receives a glamorous, dimensional update. FURTHER READING: LSM Interior Design

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