There’s two things you oughta know about Mrs. Smith:
- She doesn’t like spending money.
- She doesn’t like wasting stuff.
Whenever I come across a piece of ugly furniture, I think of ways to make it over into the piece of furniture I really want. For instance, I really wanted a tall folding table for my laundry room; one with a cupboard and some shelving. Turns out, I already had such an item in our garage.
A few years ago, I snagged a mini kitchen island at a garage sale for $20, and placed it up against a wall in our Rumpus Room. You know, the room that caught fire in 2013:
On the day the workers arrived to remove all the charred remains, I decided to hold on to my piece of ugly furniture. The backside was a little singed, but it was still just as sturdy as ever, and with that Mr. Smith and I moved it into the garage to collect spider webs. 17 months and a good hose-down later, I was ready to reclaim my table.
Got ugly furniture?
Here are 5 items (you probably already have on hand) that will transform that ugly furniture!
Paint can really add up, and will turn a money-saving makeover into a money pit.
Solution: Use what you already have on hand!
Still got half a can of latex or oil paint from your last makeover project? Think of ways to use it again.
My table still smelled strong of fire which brought back a flood of horrible memories, but my grill brush and sandpaper helped me forge ahead in the project.
For the best results, use 3 different grain sizes:
- Coarse grit (40-50): Use when removing finishes or shaping edges/surfaces
- Medium grit (60-100): Use for general sanding and smoothing.
- Fine grit (120-200): Use as a finisher/buffer.
Spray paint makes a convenient primer, especially when working with extra smooth surfaces like veneer, particle board and metal.
The body of my table consisted of a cheap-o synthetic material that wouldn’t hold latex paint. However, I was determined to used what I already had on hand and that was, you guessed it, latex paint! Thankfully, I also had a couple cans of spray paint nestled in my latex paint stash. One coat was all I needed to create a surface for the latex paint to grip to.
Dark Wood Stain
Dark stain is beautiful, classy and hides A LOT!
Thankfully, the top of my table was solid wood and could take a stain. Luckily, I had a few drops left over from another furniture project. A couple coats of polyurethane from our floor-painting project a few years back gave the top a glossy, durable shine.
Stencils add life to an otherwise dull piece, and, best of all, you can create your own FOR FREE using a thin, sturdy piece of cardboard or simply freehand it.
After two coats of sea blue paint, my ugly furniture was no longer ugly, but it was a little blah. A free-handed Moroccan lattice motif gave the cabinet front instant pizzazz.
After a little more spray paint and some niceties, I am beyond pleased with the results!
And, of course, so are the cats.
The best part of this transformation? It cost me ZERO dollars!
Do you have an ugly piece of furniture awaiting a makeover?