Published on January 26th, 2013 | by Becky Striepe


10 DIY Ways to Revamp Old Furniture

Furniture DIY Projects

Got an old chair that could really use some love or a bench that would be perfect if only the cushion weren’t covered in a horrible, dated fabric? Don’t despair! We’ve got some DIY furniture projects to help you transform that damage or outdated piece into something you’ll love.

Whether you need to fix up a piece you’ve had for years or you found something at the thrift store with great bones but a few fatal flaws, revamping furniture is a gratifying experience. Some revamps – like refinishing or sometimes painting – can be a lot of work, but the results can be striking.

Of course, you’ve got a lot of options when it comes to re-doing old furniture. The fabrics and finishes that you choose can vary greatly in their environmental impacts, and it’s important to go as low-impact as possible to keep your furniture revamp in line with your crafty ethics. We’ve got a roundup of tutorials and materials to hopefully help you achieve the results you want without sacrificing your environmental standards!

Ready to get revamping? Click here for the list!

photo by Lenore MacLeod-Bickley

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

3 Responses to 10 DIY Ways to Revamp Old Furniture

  1. Molly says:

    When I was younger, my parents were really into those DIY “marbling” kits for painting furniture. I remember helping them refinish a desk and a bunch of chairs with them. I wonder if they still make those?

    • Oh fun! I wonder if you could create your own kit using zero-VOC paints somehow? I’ve never used one of those kits before – do you remember what was in the ones your folks used?

  2. People don’t even realize how much great stuff they can do to old furniture to give it a re-purposed look and feel. Even furniture made out of particle board can have a great new look.

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