How to Repurpose/Refinish Old Furniture

June 8, 2014

Turning drab furniture into fab furniture can be strenuous at first but rewarding in the end. James Whistler once said, "An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision." This is very true for any field of creativity. It all starts with a vision. Visual learners are typically the ones who can see potential to alter old pieces of furniture, yet its an enjoying experience for anyone.

I turned the night stand that my neighbors put to the curb into a fab looking night stand. The shape and detail really caught my eye, yet the condition was horrendous to say the least. Take a look at the before and after below and continue to read for my tips and tricks to making the fab out of drab!


Find a unique piece of furniture that is worth restoring to its peak of beauty. The whole idea is to create a piece of furniture that fits your current style, not the style from 15 years ago. It may be difficult to see the potential in most pieces, but some of the crappiest looking pieces can become the best ones out of any that you revive! This step is the most important because your imagination and creativity is working at it's peak to find what can become an tremendous revival. The whole idea is finding a piece that you don't currently like because you have an idea that can make it into a piece that you love, so don't only look at the "cool furniture". You can always use your current drab furniture or do what I did and take the neighbor's old furniture. Craigslist is always a great outlook, garage sales and thrift stores are great too. You have a plethora of choices!

Other ideas, found on our Pinterest Page

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When it comes to the actual labor that is involved make sure that you are equipped with a saw, screw driver, and any other handy tools (electric sander is very handy). Pick out the color(s) that you envisioned. Once you are at the store and can visually see all the choices your vision can easily change (happens to me a lot). I usually stick to using spray paint because it creates a glossy even finish, or wood stains, or both! I would highly recommend sanding down every inch of the piece before painting and completely sanding it down when staining so that the new stain will soak into the wood fully. You will find that some furniture pieces are very tough to sand completely down; in this situation use spray paint. Craft stores have so many choices, yet will be a lot more expensive. This is why I highly recommend purchasing your paints online, I always use Amazon.

If you want purchasing information and prices click the images below of the products that I always have in stock for my furniture renovations.

Wood Stains

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Spray Paints


Have you done a furniture renovation? If so, let us know in the comment section below!

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One comment on “How to Repurpose/Refinish Old Furniture”

  1. Great Ideas.  I love to provide my Estate Sale community with reuse, re-purposing and up-scaling ideas to help them see treasures and opportunities in what they find at our Estate Tag Sales.

    Thanks for this article and your ideas. What you do is appreciated. 

    Keep the great treasure finds coming.

    Dennis Velco

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