12 Clever & Fun DIY Projects to Update a Piece of Furniture You Hate

12 Clever & Fun DIY Projects to Update a Piece of Furniture You Hate

Adrienne Breaux
Apr 19, 2014
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Before you get rid of an old furniture piece that no longer has your love, perhaps consider one of these clever DIY projects? Each of these projects refreshes a piece of furniture (that's seen better days) in the bold sort of way perfect for experimenting. Might one of these ideas spark a transformation for a piece of furniture you're not quite in love with anymore?

Pictured above: Gold leaf and paint transform an old plastic school chair. Dream a Little Bigger shows you how.
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A partial spray paint job on a vital part of a furniture piece can work wonders. Inspiration spotted on Dream Green DIY.

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A little wood stain, a little paint and new hardware can dramatically update the look of a furniture piece, even something from IKEA! A classic but still inspiring IKEA hack spotted on The Sweetest Occasion.

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Faux marble paper and a little spray paint can make even the cheapest looking of furniture pieces look pretty awesome. Faux marble fantasies fueled by the project found on skona hem.

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Wrapping paper on furniture? Yep. And awesome. The Sweet Escape has a sweet DIY project.

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For nerds and non-nerds alike, consider updating a piece of furniture with a small decoupaged cut-out graphic. This nerdy but awesome DIY project found on the aptly named Our Nerd Home.

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Wallpaper plus a boring table equals a sleek (and customizable) update. Spotted on Akamatra.

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A cheap plastic chair combined with paint and a taped-off geometric pattern really surprises. Great pattern inspiration on Hej Juni.

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Consider an oversize graphic shape painted on a furniture piece to disguise a style you don't love. See how to do this on Camille Styles.

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Floral fabric makes for a darling nightstand update. Great instructions on See Kate Sew.

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Stripes can make almost any piece of furniture nice (or at the very least, bold). Also spotted on See Kate Sew.

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Painting a whole piece of furniture one bright and bold color isn't exactly revolutionary, but it is effective. Keep the look fresh by doing more of a soft matte wash of color so some of the original material just barely peeks through. Simple inspiration found on Passion Shake.

Have you recently refreshed or rehabbed a piece of furniture you didn't love in a clever or fresh way? We want to know how! Share in the comments below:

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