Before & After: Furniture Makeovers

Lately, I have been finding my eyes wandering as we drive through our neighborhood streets for lost and unloved furniture that is need of a good home. I never used to look or even consider these items because we never had the space to give them a home, but now that we do… well it’s been a new DIY adventure and I’m loving it.

When it comes to roadside finds or treasures, the important thing to remember is you have to look past its current state. If you find something and you’re considering it, think of these 3 things:

  1. Do We Have The Space Or The Need?
    When it comes to re-doing furniture, if you don’t have the room to give it a makeover or if you don’t have a need or a plan to resell it, leave it for someone else to love.
  2. What Could It Be?
    Usually, if you take a few minutes to look at the item you will get a clear vision on what you’d like to do with it. If you’re still struggling after a few moments of thought, it might not be the right piece for you or your home.
  3. Will You Have The Time?
    It’s an easy thing to fall in love with an item and bring it home while excited, only to realize you don’t really have the time for a new project. Work this thought out before you pick up that soon to be loved item, otherwise you’ll end up with half-finished projects that can lead to frustration and annoyance. 

I’ve managed to give makeovers to two items that I have since fallen in love with in their new form.  I saw my first item on the side of the road and knew it was right for us. I know for myself, if I get a feeling about the item, it needs to come home with me or I end up regretting leaving it behind. So, we loaded this beauty into the back of the car and off we went. Check out how it turned out below:

Original Form: It came with ugly castors, a scratched exterior and the trim needed some love.

Big pieces were tackled first, we decided on a matte grey that went on smooth.


The middle poles and feet were next! They got a white treatment, which took a couple of coats overall.

(Almost) Finished Project: While it sits in its room and fits perfectly, it still needs some touch ups on the white legs. I’m also in the process of designing a stencil as the top surface is screaming for a little fun.

So, while I’m still working on the above project, it sits happily in our home and fits the room perfectly.


Now, for my second project of the summer I took on my first lamp! We needed a small yet bright floor lamp in our office space and I had been on the hunt for a while. I found the beauty below on a local buy and sale page for only $5 and I was sold.

After talking it over with Mr. W, we decided it needed a new color and a bit of an upgrade so we brought it home and got to work. We took the lamp apart in as many pieces as we could and spray painted each piece. We decided on a color block look by using matte black for the neck portion and silver for the bigger pieces! After some drying time, we put it all back together and couldn’t have been more pleased with how it turned out! What I really love about this lamp is that it can have a new color whenever the mood strikes and it makes it so easy to customize for any room in the house.


I plan to do an update to this post for my little roadside table, so stay tuned for that! I hope that the next time you pass a sad, unloved treasure on the road that you give it a bit of a thought and hopefully a new home.



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