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Freshening Up with Paint – Furniture Makeovers

Get Barbara’s tips for freshening up with paint. You’ll love these budget-friendly furniture and decor makeovers.

With spring lurking around the corner (I’m at least hoping so), it’s the perfect time to freshen up your space. Looking around my house, I see a whole whack of projects I’ve been putting off through the cold winter months. So far this year, I’ve mostly focused on purging and organizing our home, but I have paint, fabric, new hardware, and more stock-piled in the basement just waiting to come out. It’s taken a lot of willpower to leave it alone, but I promised myself I’d finish one project before I moved on to the next. Basically, I have one closet and our laundry room to organize before the freshening process gets underway.

To get the ball rolling, I’ve asked Barbara from Markova Design to stop by and share some of the ways she likes to freshen up her space. Barbara has done a fantastic job of decorating her home without breaking the bank. She has a knack for reinventing tired-looking furniture and accessories, and I’m excited for you to see the transformations!

Barbara of Markova Design

So happy to be visiting here at Shauna’s blog! I feel silly contributing to her blog as I think she has it all covered in the organizational and freshening up department! While I am not an ultra-organized individual, I do love freshening things up. As an avid DIYer and lover of paint, I love to freshen things up with paint! When I get tired of a piece of furniture or when I stumble across something that could use some freshening up, out comes some spray paint or a can of paint. When I feel a bit adventurous, some Rub ‘n Buff!

Furniture Makeovers Using Paint

Here are a few things that were transformed by paint and/or simply adding some new hardware to freshen things up.

Wood Side Table BEFOR
Light Blue Painted Dresser with Brass Hardware
Espresso Stained Dresser Before
Orange Painted Dresser
Wood Tray BEFORE
Orange Painted Tray with Gold Detail
Black Mirror with Gold
Red Painted Chair with Gold Dipped Legs
White Painted Nightstand
White Painted Nightstand

Don’t you just love these transformations using paint. My favourite is the soft blue dresser- so chic! Take Barbara’s advice and consider painting out an old piece of furniture to give it a fresh new look.

Finished up any furniture paint projects recently? Be sure to check out more transformations in the project gallery.

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Enjoy your day!

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  1. I love to paint too, (or have my hubby paint the walls…umm, happy Valentina’s day here’s your paint?)
    But purging always goes a long way to make a space feel fresh too! 

  2. I love taking an old piece of furniture and giving it new life with paint or a good sanding & re-staining :-) My husband and I have transformed a number of pieces of furniture – my favourite is an old oak library table that’s now my crafting table. If you’d like to check it out, I blogged about it here: 

  3. I always enjoy Barbara’s makeovers, and can especially relate to not wanting to break the bank! These are great examples of putting some zip into zapped, and my favorite is her red buffet. I’m so excited to see what she does to her games room in the 6 week one room makeover challenge!

  4. I always love Barbara’s makeovers and i love interior designing of my home that’s why my favorite hobby is to transformed any old piece with great stylish and good looking paint. Sometime my baby always break my old vintage pieces then i do paint to my vintage pieces to give new look.

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