Home Decor

Skill 1: Refinish Furniture

Once you realize you can refinish furniture, the possibilities are endless.

There is so much great second hand furniture out there for cheap that just needs a second chance.

There are three main ways you can transform furniture that we will talk about:

  1. Painting & Staining
  2. Hardware
  3. Decorative Accents

Painting & Staining

The most obvious way to transform an old piece of furniture is to paint it or stain it.

There are so many ways to do this, so I recommend researching your specific piece and seeing what might be best.

I love using chalk paint, as it has a soft, forgiving finish and doesn’t require primer.

I created a post on how to paint furniture with chalk paint, linked below:

Painting Furniture: Everything You Need to Know

Spray paint is great for giving metals a new life, like this desk chair (mentioned in the post below)

Decorating My Home Office


After painting, changing the hardware can make all the difference.

Replacing the hardware on this desk, for instance, made it look much more modern. The paint plus the change in hardware make this desk look completely different.

Decorative Accents

There are tons of other things you can do to an old piece of furntiture.


Wallpaper is a fun way to add pattern and color to plain furniture pieces.

I love this wallpaper added to the back of this china cabinet. The possibilities are endless, it is a fun way to bring color and pattern to your furniture.


Adding a little gold paint can add extra depth to your old furntiure pieces. I love how Monica added extra gold to this bamboo dresser

The details make all the difference

There are so many ways to update old furniture pieces once train your eye to see the potential.

It is one of the easiest ways to customize pieces to fit your home.

What is your favorite way to update old furniture?

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