Giving your furniture a makeover is an easy and affordable way to personalize your space and give outdated pieces an upgrade. Check out the Better Homes and Gardens DIY ideas below for inspiration:
- Reupholster: Give your favorite chair a new look with fun, fresh fabric. Make sure you have needle-nose pliers, a staple gun, welt cord, sewing machine and tack strips and follow the step-by-step instructions here.
- Paint: A fresh coat of paint can give an old-fashioned piece a chic and modern appearance. Consider using a bright color such as turquoise for a bold look and use a paint pen to add a pattern for even more interest. To complete it, you’ll need painter’s tape, sandpaper, paintbrushes, latex or oil-based paint and primer. See here for more detailed instructions.
- Embellishments: Personalize your furniture with fun embellishments by adding new drawer knobs, cabinet handles and mirrors or painting designs. If your not comfortable with your artistic abilities, use a stencil to paint on a pattern that suits your style.
- Ottoman Slipcover: Revamp a worn out ottoman and add some color to your space with a bright slipcover. To make one like the slipcover above, cut a circle of fabric for the top and a strip for the drop, stick covered piping along the top seam of the drop and a gathered ruffle along the bottom. Add pockets made from contrasting fabric, inserting elastic into the top hem. Screw painted legs to the bottom of your ottoman and slip your new cover over. See here for more detailed instructions.