Find that $5 side table at a garage sale or FREE hutch cabinet at the curb as you walk your dog on trash day that’s not quite your style?
Or did you inherit furniture from a friend or relative that screams colonial style when your home vibe is farmhouse zen?
If you are looking for quick furniture flipping ideas or an approach to furniture makeover DIYs in under an hour, you are in the right place!
Don’t like the time and mess of sanding and staining? No worries. If outdated furniture is in decent condition, here’s a simple DIY approach to transforming those “potential” finds to functional master-pieces in under an hour. My motto is keep it simple with the process and design. Along with less time, mess, and fuss with the process, this allows for greater design flexibility and compatibility with existing (furniture) pieces in a person's home.
In this post, I share this approach with an actual furniture makeover that turned into a bigger project... HOWEVER... I was able to complete it in under one hour. Hopefully, these tips help you with your furniture makeover DIYs. Just a hint... The key is found in the little details of the piece.
Estimated Time to Complete
Once you have the items needed (which we’ll get to in a moment), allow 5-55 minutes… depending on modifications needed.
Level of Difficulty
Varies... depending on items needed and pulls/ knobs chosen.
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I also considered the additional pieces throughout my home compatible with this cabinet. The thought of sanding and staining or painting them all seemed daunting to say the least. After all, you want to plan for possible future use of similar pieces together. (Okay, maybe that’s just me.)
Back to the hardware. So I decided to replace the white outdated knobs with brass pulls. However, the existing black hinges clashed with the brass. This lead to that extra quick step I mentioned. Because this piece is over 60 years old, I was hesitant on buying new hinges. Therefore, I decided to spray paint the existing hinges a brass color.
Note: For project requiring repainting surfaces, check out painting furniture post.
Things to consider when choosing pulls and pull styles
Now it's time to set the clock and get going. Here was my process with a tip from Ms. Buttons' helping you reinvent the style of your find to a functional masterpiece.
To paint screw heads (or nail heads), poke nails through a piece of cardboard with the screw head flush with the one side of the cardboard. Spray paint and allow to dry completely before removing and reapplying hinge.
If my mommy were to do this project again, she would have removed and painted the hinges first... allowing them to dry while changing out the pulls and touched up the wood.
And there you have it! “New” furniture at a fraction of the cost. By the way, my inspiration pieces from Chinese Furniture Online ran $6,000 for the hutch cabinet and $2,500 for the console/ sideboard. And from those inspirations and the steps I shared with you, I spent less than 1 hours and spent under $150… including the pulls, spray paint, and furniture touchup markers... for multiple pieces! Check out below.
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