6 DIY Furniture Upgrades

6 DIY Furniture Upgrades

Why buy when you can DIY? Upgrade with these 6 DIY furniture ideas.


If it’s been a while since you’ve redecorated, it can be easy to give in to the urge to run out and buy something new. But rather than blowing your budget on new home décor, those chairs you’ve had for years, that headboard from your old house and even your scuffed bookcase can all be given a quick, DIY makeover.

Refreshing old furniture is a great way to give mismatched pieces a cohesive look while incorporating a hint of this season’s trends. And when you’re doing it for less, you can refresh as many times as you like as trends evolve!

Step up Your Side Tables
One of the best ways to transform old and tired side tables is with a coat of paint. But instead of choosing a standard white, go with a chic dove grey for a clean and contemporary look.

Of course, what’s the point in making the table look better if it’s still covered with clutter? Be ruthless in throwing out things you don’t need – not only will it show off your “new” table, but it will help your whole room look fresher and more minimalist.

Expert Tip: Tight on space by your bedside? Try transforming a basic counter stool into an elegant side table!

Best-dressed Drawers
A chest of drawers is a versatile piece of furniture that can be adapted and modernized in a multitude of ways. Try taking the drawers out and painting the surrounds of the unit, but leaving the drawers as wood. Update the handles with sleek chrome or wooden ones for a minimal Danish look. Alternatively, cover the drawers themselves with old maps, wrapping paper or embossed wallpaper for a quirky style.

Upholster Your Headboards
A headboard is a great way to create a stylish focal point for your bedroom, and it can be easily and regularly updated by using fabric in interesting patterns. You can even do a no-sew version – simply buy some fabric in your favorite print, ensuring there is enough to cover the board with trim to spare. Taking your time, lay the board on the back of the fabric. Pull tight, then, using a staple gun, secure the fabric in place.

Bonus? Spritz some Febreze One Fabric & Air Mist on that newly-covered headboard for a soothing scent everytime you go to bed.

Coffee Table Cover-up
Don’t need that old damaged coffee table? Turn it into a stylish ottoman instead. Paint the legs, and get a piece of foam cut to the size of the top, then simply cover with a piece of hardwearing fabric, securing in place with a staple gun. All that’s left to do is put your feet up.

No More Boring Bookcases
Interior designers view bookcases as the place to show off how effortlessly stylish you are. Try painting the inside of the shelves a different color, or if you don’t want to get the paintbrushes out, group all your books by color on the shelves for a subtle effect. Cute knick-knacks, from gold candleholders to mini cactus plants, also help to upgrade a boring bookshelf.

New Life for Old Doors
If you have an old paneled door sitting around in the garage, turn it into an eccentric dining-room table by getting a piece of glass cut for the top and placing the door on trestle legs. Alternatively, use each panel as a photo frame and fill it with family pictures you love. Hang the door horizontally on the wall, add a few coat hooks and you’ve created a personal and eye-catching coat rack for your hallway.

Did we miss anything? Share your favorite DIY upgrade ideas in the comments below!

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@Sondra, @Kimbow, @mhdjl, @grey, @JeniferJo -- Since this is an article, there is only one image featuring one of the projects mentioned here. Though the other projects do not have supporting images, you can find plenty of other visual inspiration on our website and also our Pinterest page: https://www.pinterest.com/HomeMadeSimple/pins/.

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I'm sorry but I find this article pretty useless without inspirational pics/examples to go with it.

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Sondra it is not just you. I can not get any pictures either on any of the 6 ideas. No slide show either, Bummer!!

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Sondra and Kimbow, it is them, not us. It appears that this is not one of those slide show articles from them.

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Sondra, It's not you, or perhaps it's you and me, but I've never seen pictures of anything other than the highlighted item. I really wish they could offer pictures of each project!

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