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July 05, 2019 2 min read

How many times have you looked at an old chest of drawers, bar chairs or other piece of furniture and thought about getting rid of it because it just didn’t look that nice any more?

Perhaps you have an antique that your grandparents  gave to you that you once needed but doesn’t fit with your style. If the piece has good bones and is still structurally sound, a new coat of paint can do wonders to transform furniture.  Here are ideas to give new life to old furniture with paint.


Brighten up an old desk or chest of drawers with a fresh, vivid color and accent with colorful accessories for a statement piece in the bedroom, home office or living room. Even coordinate the color with the overall room scheme



Create patina with paint and sandpaper. Give painted furniture an aged look by rubbing off the top layer in areas that are naturally worn with age, like corners and the edge of drawers.

You don’t have to use flat paint for furniture. Try a metallic paint to give furniture a lush appeal.

Paint a stenciled design on drawers for a custom look.

Create a design and paint a collection of furniture all the same. Pieces like this are perfect for a child’s room, nursery or even the guest bedroom.

If organization is your game, use chalkboard paint on a chest or sideboard to store items and label the drawers with chalk.


Don’t be so fast to get rid of furniture or pass it by at the flea market. Give old furniture a new life with paint. Enjoy the creative process and experiment with colors, finishes and designs. You will be pleasantly surprised how a coat of paint can transform a piece of furniture.