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Easy Furniture Makeover You Can Complete In A Weekend


Here's an easy furniture makeover that you can do in a weekend! Learn how to turn your old furniture into swoon worthy statement pieces and get some wonderful furniture makeover ideas along the way! PLUS, enter our Dixie Bell Paint Co. Giveaway!



Thrift stores and garage sales offer amazing budget-friendly deals, but often times the used furniture pieces need a compelling DIY furniture renovation before you'd ever consider bringing them into your home. 


Transforming your furniture is easier than you think! So if you're looking to decorate your home on a budget, refinishing used furniture is a thrifty and creative way to go!


Some furniture makeovers can take longer than others depending on the size and scope of the makeover. But today, I want to show you an easy furniture makeover that you can complete in a weekend!


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Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links to products I love and use everyday. This means that I receive a small commission for purchases that are made through these links. You may read our full disclosure for more info. I received products from Dixie Belle Paint Company to complete this furniture makeover. 




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EASY DIY FURNITURE MAKEOVER



Nightstands have minimal drawers and a small surface area which make them the perfect sized furniture project to tackle over a weekend. If you've never refinished furniture before, revamping a pair of nightstands is a great choice for beginners!



In this post, I break down the furniture refinishing supplies that I used as well as the time it took me to refinish these matching nightstands. This furniture makeover was quick, easy and I promise I had plenty of time to watch football, attend my kids soccer & basketball games, clean my house and make run to Costco!



STEP BY STEP FURNITURE MAKEOVER INSTRUCTIONS



Step #1: Clean/Prep Your Furniture

(Total Time 15-25 Minutes)


These nightstands were filthy. I vacuumed, wiped them down, gave them a light sanding, then scrubbed them with Murphy's Oil Soap and a scrub pad all within a 25 minute time period.


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If your used nightstands are in good shape you can usually get away with a light sand, vacuum and quick wipe down which will run you closer to 15 minutes.



Step #2: PAINT

(Total Application Time 2 Hours)


For this furniture makeover, I used a 2.5" Purdy paint brush like this one and the prettiest dark grey paint color called Gravel Road from Dixie Belle Paint Co. This deep grey hue has a fabulous earthy grey-brown tone to it and it's one of my favorite grey furniture paint colors!


Dixie Belle Chalk and Mineral Paint goes on so smooth. It truly is one of the easiest furniture paints to work with! I painted these nightstands in their bold Plum Crazy paint color and loved how they turned out!



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Because I opted to paint the inside of each nightstand, this step took me close to 30 minutes per coat per nightstand. If you decided not to paint the inside of your nightstands, you could cut that time in half!


The original finish on these nightstands were worn and had lots of dents, scratches and rough areas. I decided to embrace that original finish and use those worn areas to my advantage.


That means I painted less in the areas that were already worn and that allowed me to skip the distressing step altogether! If you are someone who struggles with distressing furniture, I highly recommend that you read THIS! 


I've put together this fabulous tutorial where I share my secret furniture distressing technique simply by using just the paint on my paint brush.




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I used 2 coats of paint on both nightstands. By the time I finished the second nightstand, the first coat on the first nightstand was completely dry. My total paint time was just under 2 hours.



Because this paint has zero VOC's, I painted the nightstands inside my home while I watched a movie. Have you seen, Lion yet? Such a good movie! I highly recommend it.




Step #3: PROTECT YOUR FURNITURE 

(Total Applicaton Time 1.5 Hours, Total Dry Time 6 Hours)


I completed Steps 1 & 2 before noon on a Friday. Saturday afternoon I applied my first coat of top coat. It took me a total of 30 minutes to top coat both nightstands. I ran errands, watched some football and deep cleaned my house during each two hour drying time. I applied a total of 3 light coats for this furniture makeover.



Speaking of which, have you tried these $3 Sponge Applicators yet? They are a game changer! 
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It makes applying your top coat so much easier and you're left with virtually no brush strokes. You rinse them out and reuse them again and again. They are AMAZING! You can find them here for $3!

By now you've probably noticed that I spent more time waiting for products to dry then I physically worked to revamp these nightstands! I told you this was an easy furniture makeover! Really, I meant it! If you're considering creating your own furniture before and after you can do this!


In less then a weekend, I transformed two old wood nightstands into a rustic pair of end tables in the prettiest shade of grey!
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I still have half a jar of my 16oz. chalk mineral paint left from this furniture makeover AND the DIY art that I created from an old thrift store frame- Another fun tutorial that I can't wait to share with you!)




MORE FURNITURE BEFORE AND AFTER MAKEOVERS!



Here's a fun furniture makeover using fabric. Click here to see our Top 10 Favorite Furniture Makeover Projects for additional ideas and if you're new to refinishing furniture, I think you'll find our Ultimate Guide To Refinishing Second Hand Furniture so helpful!



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DIXIE BELLE PAINT GIVEAWAY!


Before you go, Dixie Belle Paint Company would like to give 5 of our LUCKY READERS an opportunity to try Dixie Belle Paint for FREE! 5 People. 5 Drawings. 5 Grand Prizes! 5 Chances to WIN!


How do you enter? Complete the following contact form so we know how to reach you if you are selected as one of our lucky winners! Get directed to the giveaway page and choose 1-4 methods to submit an entry. It's so quick & easy!





Good luck!
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street





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32 comments

  1. Just love how this turned out! Great job!

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  2. I love the paint color! It makes them look so sophisticated and rich. Great job!

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    1. This grey has a nice earthy brown undertone to it. I think it may be one of my new favorite grey hues!

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  3. Love the nightstands .. very sophisticated ... love the staging as well!! Superb!! ♡♡♡ --Rebekah Parmer Wilson

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  4. Never would’ve thought to use the two nightstands next to each other! I’m a beginner so thanks so much for the tips!

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    1. Glad you found us, Val! So happy to hear from another furniture refinishing enthusiast! :)

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  5. Love love love the color Gravel Road. Also really liked the tutorial on how you transformed the nightstands. I found it very easy to understand. Thank you!

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    1. I love Gravel Road too! Such a pretty shade of grey. I'm glad you enjoyed the tutorial, Pam!

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  6. Your furniture makeovers are always so beautifully done Carriei and I'm loving the color you used on these night stand. They look so classy now

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  7. What a great color choice! And, your staging is excellent!
    Bobbie Beach

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    1. I think it might be my new favorite grey furniture paint color! Thank you, Bobbie! Glad you enjoyed it!

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  8. I really love that color and the transformation!

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    1. Thank you, Kelley! It really is the perfect dark grey hue!

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  9. I am planning to use you information and create a china cabinet for my log cabin. Thank you~!

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  10. This tutorial gave me some great tips for my son's old dresser which was purchased in the 70's. I've been trying to decide what look I want for its new life.

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    1. Oh good! I'm so glad to hear it! Have fun with your DIY furniture makeover!!

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  11. The matte finish works very well for those cabinets.

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  12. I just love how the very tired looking end tables were able to transformed into beauties in a weekend. Love the "Gravel Road" shade of grey. So inspiring!

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  13. I feel like it's so hard to find a good grey. This shade looks perfect!

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    1. It is hard to find a good grey paint color. In different lights, this grey color always looks so pretty!

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  14. I LOVE the dramatic color you chose for this project! Any idea if Dixie Belle Paint works well in a sprayer?

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    1. Hi Heather! I've never tried Dixie Belle Paint in my paint sprayer, but I bet it would! You would want to add some water to the paint (based on your paint sprayer's instructions) to get the right consistency. The coverage is beautiful!

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