Inexpensive Furniture Make-over

My daughter was still sleeping in her toddler bed with no dressers in her room, only a bookcase with some baskets for clothes that needed folding: enter my wonderful friend giving away furniture that her husband found while dumpster diving! Yes, that’s right…on the side of the road.

She asked if we needed a bed and I told her sure, we could go ahead and take it and fix it. We might as well…eventually we would need a bigger bed than the toddler/crib size. Then she asked well, do you need a dresser, too? YES!! Even better! So, off to the store to buy my supplies!

I used a white primer, white indoor paint, and polycrylic. I didn’t sand any of the furniture first, but I did clean it all and dry it. I used the garage to set everything up so I could keep the door open for ventilation.

This first piece was a dining room hutch that I got the same week for $15 at a yard sale…

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This ‘headboard” was $5 from the yard sale. Not sure if that’s what it is supposed to be, but when I saw it, that’s what I decided it was going to be at my place!

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This is the dresser that was on the side of the road for trash pick up…

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Here is the bed that was on the side of the road for trash pick up…(she had the drawers that came with it, but I set them to the side for painting)

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I did 2 coats of primer, 3 coats of white paint, and 2 coats of polycrylic. Don’t forget to let each coat dry for the time on the can. The polycrylic has to dry no less than 24 hours between coats.

Right before I painted it all, she gave me a shelf that she was going to throw away. So I figured I would paint it to match!

Here is everything after I’ve painted it:

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I realized after putting it together, that I put the cabinet doors on the wrong sides, so they are upside down, but after days of painting 4 large pieces of furniture, I was exhausted! I finally fixed them this week. πŸ™‚

Here is the hutch after I’ve put on a faux backdrop that I can remove when I want to change the theme or color:

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The faux backdrop is so easy to make! I cut some foam board from the dollar store to fit the shelf wall. Sprayed it with a spray adhesive and attached the decorative short roll of wallpaper I had from Michaels. I also used it on the doors. Unfortunately, from here you can see that I cut the foam board a little too short on one side, but this was a cheap way to spruce up the background, so I kinda don’t care, rofl…I painted for days!

Here is the “tall” dresser when it’s done. I have to fix a couple of the drawer sliders, but other than that, it’s perfect! I took all the hardware off before doing any priming and painting, so I spray painted those a silver.

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Here is the shelf that was going in the trash (it was also originally a brown shade like the “before” furniture).

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Here is the new headboard:

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I added the foam board backing to the headboard so that all the furniture would tie together.

Here is the bed put together:

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I looooove how all of the furniture turned out in my daughter’s room! I am so thankful to have a friend in my life that is so loving and giving and I am especially thankful that God takes care of our needs!

My daughter now has an entire bedroom suite for under $50 that I hope will last her until she moves out!! Or at least until she’s a teenager and we can buy a new suite. πŸ™‚

I accented her room with more baby pink and teal accessories. Now I am working on making her a quilt!

So if you have some furniture you were thinking of throwing out, find cheap at a yard sale, or even better, something salvageable on the side of the road, if I can do it, you can do it!

 

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