One room’s junk could be another room’s treasure. Finding stylish and functional new furniture poses a challenge for growing families. Sometimes it’s easier to re-purpose furniture you already own, by rethinking its location and color. The old bench in the basement, an out-grown nursery dresser or a bulky microwave stand can all be transformed into cute new painted pieces. You provide the furniture, spring provides the fresh air, and you even use up extra paint from your last DIY home painting project.
Before you Start
* Take a survey of unused of seemingly non-functional furniture and explore how it could be used in another room.
* Check out the colors and condition of any paint you have left over from wall painting. Remember, spray paint can also work for painting furniture.
* Use sandpaper or an electric sander to remove thick old paint or varnish.
* Shore up loose furniture with nails, screws, or wood glue.
* Find small brushes and helpful jobs so the kids can get involved.
Nursery Dresser Redux
A small nursery dresser which or bureau can be transformed into hallway linen storage. If you have an indoor/outdoor space the dresser also becomes a place to house extra napkins, melamine plates and reusable plasticware. A small can do the job for you. When we painted our main bedroom I had purchased a can of deep, bark brown paint that was never used. After sanding the dresser with an electric sander my husband let me borrow, I painted the ancient dresser.
The hardware was easy enough to update. I used contact paper to update the inside of the drawers. The dresser now houses extra pillow cases and summer sheets.
The Front Door
The inside of our front door has taken a beating in the last couple of years. Although I painted it when I redid the kitchen, many small hands have touched the surface, especially around the handle. There was also an old sticker left on the door that was painted over at one time. I scraped off the sticker and cleaned the door. When nobody was home, I painted the inside of the door with the same white paint I used to do the window frames. The door was an easy spring painting project because it was in good condition and didn’t need any repairs.
The only caveat here is that if you paint the interior side of the door, the trim and exterior will look shabby without a fresh coat of paint. I had gray porch paint left over from when I painted our high-traffic interior stairway before the holidays. My next project will be to repaint the door exterior and the thresh hold with the gray porch paint.
Bulky Microwave Stand = Game Center
We have a huge microwave stand that used to be in our old kitchen. It’s on wheels and has a a large top shelf and smaller lower shelf. It was a dark brown and too big for our kitchen. I repainted the stand white. I did not bother to sand it first and it took the paint well. The bulky piece which almost landed itself in the fire pit is now a storage unit for puzzles and games.