8 Furniture Transformations


In this post, I share 8 furniture transformations for a variety of furniture pieces, including dressers, stools, sofas and more.

8 Furniture Transformations

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Last night, we had a frost advisory. I awoke at 5:00 am, and it was 34 degrees outside. Do you know what this means? It means that my ability for refurbishing furniture for this year has come to an end. It’s now too cold to work outside both for me and for the paints/strippers I use on furniture.

So with that in mind, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to reflect on the furniture pieces that were refurbished and given new life in the past year. I am going to list these pieces in the order they were worked on, starting with those pieces completed earliest in the year.

1. DIY Garden Tool Wall Rack

DIY Garden Tool Wall Rack

This wall rack may or may not count as furniture but it was a fun project to work on and it allowed me to repurpose a piece of wood that was 150 years old. It also came in very handy for gardening. I was able to keep all my tools and supplies organized. Of course, I used MMS milk paint in the color Farmhouse White.

You can read about it here: DIY Garden Tool Wall Rack

2. Antique Pine Blanket Chest

Antique Pine Blanket Chest

This was another fun project to work on! My Mom was going to donate this antique blanket chest when I asked her if she would be willing to give it to me so I could refurbish it. Initially, I tried to use the “oven cleaner” method for stripping the old dark red finish. Spoiler alert, the oven cleaner did not work. You won’t believe what this looked like “before”.

Read about this furniture transformation here : Antique Pine Blanket Chest

3. Waxed Pine Dresser

Waxed Pine Dresser

In April of this past year, I found this antique pine dresser at Habitat for Humanity’s Re-Store. Originally, there were small glove boxes on the top of the dresser that I removed. There were also some hand painted motifs on the front of the drawers that I sanded off.

You can read about this furniture transformation here: Waxed Pine Dresser

4. Green Cottage Dresser

Green Cottage Dresser 1

This cottage dresser had been sitting in my basement since last fall. Someone had done a poor job of painting it white, which meant I had to use stripper to remove the old paint. When the month of May arrived, it was finally warm enough for me to work outside. I walked you through the entire process of stripping and re-painting this piece using MMS milk paint in the color Boxwood.

You can read about this furniture transformation here: Green Cottage Dresser

5. Reupholstered Sofa

Reupholster back of a sofa

This project was a doozy. It took the better part of a month to completely reupholster this antique sofa. The frame needed to be painted, all the batting and foam needed to be replaced, and of course, it needed all new upholstery.

We walked through the process in 3 separate blog posts, giving you step by step instructions.

You will not believe what this sofa looked like “before”!

You can read about this furniture transformation here: Reupholstered Sofa

6. Reupholstered Stool

Reupholster Old Stool

While I was working on reupholstering the sofa, some of you sent messages asking if I could show you how to reupholster something easier. At that point, even my fingers were sore from working on the sofa! So, it was with great pleasure I spent a Sunday afternoon reupholstering and repairing an antique piano stool. It was a much simpler project that was fun and easy to complete.

You can read about this furniture transformation here: How to Reupholster an Old Stool

7. DIY Painted Side Table

DIY Painted Side Table 2

I came across this little side table and knew it had a ton of potential. Unfortunately, the original finish was brown with a red tint so I knew it needed a paint job. As with the other pieces of painted furniture, I used MMS milk paint in Farmhouse White. When you are out and about, keep your eyes open for side tables. They are endlessly useful!

You can read about this furniture transformation here: DIY Painted Side Table

8. Antique Pine Dresser

Antique Pine Dresser 2

Truth be told – this is a project I worked on last year. However, the post needed to be updated and some technical issues needed to be fixed. So, I updated, rewrote and republished the post about this antique pine dresser I found at a library sale. This East Lake Victorian Pine Dresser is still one of my favorite pieces. Those are the original glass knobs.

This is another piece where you won’t believe what it looked like “before” .

You can read about this furniture transformation here: Antique Pine Dresser


Thank you for stopping by the blog today. I hope you are inspired to go refurbish or refinish some furniture. More importantly, I hope the warmer weathers lingers a bit longer wherever you live and that you still have a few weeks remaining to work outside.

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  1. You did SO many amazing furniture projects over the summer, Anna!!! My favorite is still that green dresser. It’s just SO cute and the perfect shade of green. You are so talented, my friend! Til next furniture season!

    1. Hi Rachel – thank you for the kind words and encouragement! You too are talented. I have seen that headboard you made over. “Till next furniture season” – for both of because the weather in your neck of the woods is similar to upstate NY.

  2. Wow, great post! I love to see before and after furniture projects! You produced so many wonderful transformations this year! I have several pieces of furniture I need to refinish in my guest bedroom, which I usually tackle in the summer. It’s so hot here you’ve got me thinking I should start them in the spring instead! Thanks for your inspiration! Blessings, Donna

    1. Hi Donna! Thank you for stopping by and for commenting. I have no doubt that you could refinish the furniture in your guest bedroom and that it would look amazing. You have a ton of talent! Cool weather for furniture sanding and stripping is definitely a bonus.

    1. Thank you so much Charity for your kind words. My goal is to inspire people to refurbish old furniture.

  3. Oh my gosh, you are so productive, your energy is put to such beautiful use. Love the blanket chest transformation. So much sanding! I so admire how you bring forth the inner beauty of all your furniture finds.

    1. Thank you Susan for the kind words and encouragement. I think the blanket chest turned out so well because it was made of antique pine.

  4. These pine pieces are gorgeous Anna! Vintage pine pieces are some of my faves. I have a small three-drawer washstand in my living room that needs some attention. You’ve inspired me to add it to my furniture to-do list! Pinning 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Cindy. Antique pine pieces are my favorite and are more difficult to find! Your washstand will look fabulous when you give it a makeover!

  5. I can’t get over how many of my all-time favorite projects of yours made this list, Anna! I LOVE the transformation for each of these pieces. They are truly stunning and make me appreciate your talent and creativity even more. Sending you hugs and thank yous for always sharing your best with us, CoCo

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