Furniture Fixes: A Roundup of DIY Repairs & Redos That Disguise All Flaws

updated Apr 14, 2020
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When you’re dealing with tired and busted furniture, you have a couple of options. You can fix the easy water stains, dents, or cracks. But if fixing all the boo boos takes too much time, or you want a completely new look, you can cover up the old with a completely new material. When you’ve tried everything, and it still doesn’t look right, it might be time to start from scratch and take your furniture back to its beginnings. Here’s a range of problems your furniture faces, and what you can do about them.


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Nicole of Making It Lovely shows you how she repaired a small tear in her upholstered chair.

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Jewelry maker Mat Brown repaired the cracks and holes in these chestnut shelves with a resin inlay. (His also glows in the dark but just plain colored resin in possible too.)

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Water rings are pretty common but luckily there’s a pretty easy way to fix this. Learn the trick in one of our earlier posts.

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Don’t forget there’s more than just wood furniture out there. Luca of This Way Home takes you through her process of repairing damaged her lucite chair.

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Everybody sags when they get old, and sofas are no exception. Ashley shows you how to plump up tired cushions for under $30.

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It’s hard to believe that these was an old plastic rickety table before it got the snakeskin fabric and Modge Podge treatment, courtesy of Recently.

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This beaten up dresser got a major refresh with wallpaper from Spoonflower and some paint.

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You can also paint the actual upholstery fabric in addition to the wood parts. Sibylle of Funkytime assures us it holds up well after use.

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Tan Rutley of found these two Barcelona chairs on the side of the road (WUT?) and threw a couple of sheepskins over them to hide all the cat scratches.

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If you find yourself with a piece of veneered furniture, follow in Kate Sykes’ footsteps. She refinished this Broyhill Brasilia dining room table.

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This Mid-Century Modern credenza was once disguised in flat white paint but June spent the time and energy to get it back to its best self.