How to Transform Furniture with Color

It’s often been said that paint is the easiest and cheapest way to transform any room. The old adage is often true but doesn’t end with just the walls. With even less paint and time than repainting a whole room, you can update an old bit of furniture into a gorgeous personality piece that makes a room! It’s easy.


Start by finding your subject—dumpster diving, yard sales and raiding Granny’s attic are all great ways to score. Ignore the condition and current color by focusing on the shape, size and lines of the piece. Do you love it? Is it a fit? Great! Let’s pick a shade. This is where you can let your inner wild child out. If your favorite shade is the blue of the Aegean Sea or the brightest orange peel, don’t be afraid. A bold color works so well on smaller pieces.


Ready with your color? Time to prep! Remove all of the hardware and give it a good scrub down with a degreaser (I use TSP). Follow that with a light sanding to give the paint something to grip on to. Then it’s time for the color—a quart of paint will cover quite a lot of furniture. Finally, you can add a coat of polyurethane if you want a more durable finish. I often skip this step but I would recommend it if you are using the piece in a high-traffic area.


Allow your piece to dry and cure completely (which can take up to 30 days) before giving it a full beating. Voila! You now have a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture in a color and shape you love that cost you almost nothing.