Hey there, Sweet Friends, do you feel like your house needs a make-over but your kinda of afraid to get started???
Do you avoid having people over because you don’t like how your home looks??? I felt that way until I did my Dining Room Makeover and you can read about it here.
Furniture Makeover DIY!
Do you feel like furniture makeovers are just way too much work and too much time???
Are you living on a budget and not able to go out and purchase expensive furniture???
So, what is it that’s holding you back from doing a furniture makeover? Leave a comment below and let me know?
You can read my post, “Creating a Feature Wall for my Home and a Story About FEAR” here. Keep in mind we have probably all been resistant to start a project at some point because of an Emotion that is holding us back.
What You Need to do a Furniture Makeover!
Today, I want to help you put aside any concerns around doing a furniture makeover.
Perhaps you just don’t know what you need, or where to start?
So, if your feeling that way. I totally understand, because, I’ve been there. I got ya Sweet Friend!
Today I am going to give you the quick and dirty of what you need to do a furniture make-over. And you probably have most of it in your home, besides the paint)!
10 Things you need to do a Furniture Makeover:
(and most you probably have laying around the house)
- Drop Cloth or Blanket. I picked up my Drop Cloth on Amazon and I’ll include the link below. In the past I’ve used old curtains or towels. The important thing is to protect your surrounding areas, and not make a mess.
- Cleaner – If I don’t currently have any of my favorite furniture cleaners on hand then I usually will just grab something from the kitchen. Mrs. Meyers All Purpose Cleaner works great and I usually have it on hand because each month I receive non perishable type of groceries through Grove Collaborative. Here is the link to sign up. My favorite cleaner to use on my furniture makeovers is A Maker’s Studio Furniture and Cabinetry Cleaner. It really cuts through the grime on an old piece of furniture.
- Sand Paper/ Sanding Block – An Orbital Sander is nice to have and I have linked my favorite below, but it is not necessary. I usually choose 200 grit sanding blocks below. But a paper bag can act as Sand Paper to smooth out a surface.
- Paint – if you use an ‘all in one paint’, you won’t need a primer. Check out some of my previous videos and blog posts on the products that I like to use. I sell my Favorite Paints on my website; Debi’s Design Diary DIY Paint, A Maker’s Studio Rescue and Restore Paint and Sweet Pickin’s Milk Paint. Some Paints even have a Top Coat/ Sealer in them, which allows you to skip #5.
- Finishing Product; Top Coat, Sealer, Glaze or Wax – Debi’s Design Diary Diy Paint is one of my favorite paint products to use but it does not include the sealer in the paint. A Maker’s Studio Rescue and Restore paint does have a sealer in the paint, so two to three coats of it and your furniture makeover is be complete. Sweet Pickens Milk Paint also carry top coats and waxes and I love all of them. I won’t bore you with all of the details and paint brands, but it is probably the one thing that your money will be best spent on. Total Aside: If you are painting a dark piece of stained wood a light color, you may want to use a stain blocker.
- Brushes – If you have the money to invest in good brushes, I would suggest making the investment. You can shop my website for good paint brushes. That being said, there are many projects I’ve done with just a Dollar Store paint brush and the end result was beautiful.
- Tools – Screw Drivers are usually needed on furniture makeovers so that you can remove the hardware. You may also need a hammer, drill, wood glue, clamps, etc. depending upon whether or not the piece needs some fixes. Sometimes I like to leave the hardware on and paint over it, but it’s also nice to remove the hardware, clean, paint and or replace it.
- Beautifying Products – Products that add a “One of a Kind” element I call Beautifying Products. They are optional and are like make-up for your face. I carry a variety online at CreateWithCynthiaShop.com including Stamps, Moulds, Air Dry Clay, Decor Transfers and Stencils.
- Time – Don’t give yourself too much time to work on a project. Be realistic about how long it should take you. Three to five days is pretty realistic in my opinion. If you give yourself too much time, you may get caught up in second guessing yourself. Remember, your project might go through a yucky phase like I explain in the Feature Wall Video. I’m merely speaking from experience. My video, The Buffet Makeover JRV Approved is another perfect example. Check it out here.
- Desire – If you made it this far, thank you for reading and being a loyal subscriber. If you still don’t have a desire to do a Furniture Makeover, I get it! But if you look around your home and have projects you want to tackle, I hope I have inspired you to create with me.
When tackling projects that seem unattainable, the rewards can be larger than you expect.
Just like Debi of Debi’s Design Diary says,
“I believe creativity is like a muscle and as you push against the resistance and the fear, you get stronger. I want to encourage you to keep building your creative muscle.”
I’m hosting craft workshops in my store space in Redwood City, California, if you need some inspiration and motivation to get started. You can read about them here.
Now go out there and create something beautiful.
Here are some of my favorite products to use on Furniture Makeovers:
5 piece paint scraper:
Clorox disinfecting wipes:
Blue Shop Towels:
3M Tack Cloth:
HomeRight Heavy Duty Paint Sprayer:
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