10 DIY Ways to Revamp Old Furniture

reupholstering a chair seat

DIY Furniture Ideas

  1. Paint or stain it – If you’ve got a wood piece that could use a little love, check out this guide to some eco-friendly paints and stains.
  2. Cover it – For sofas, easy chairs, and other upholstered pieces that need some fabric love, try making a slipcover! Instead of conventional fabric, choose organic cotton, hemp, or vintage yardage to create your cover.
  3. Reupholster it – For smaller pieces, like your kitchen chair, you can easily recover the seat to refresh the look!
  4. Recover it – If your office chair has seen better days, try updating it with a fabric refresh!
  5. Strip it – If you’re planning to paint or stain your furniture, you may need to strip off the old finish before you begin. Paint strippers can be pretty toxic, but we found one that’s a whole lot greener.
  6. Stencil it – Grab some vintage lace and water-based spray paint, and add texture and interest to any piece of wooden furniture.
  7. Chalk itTurn a boring old desk into a creative playspace with chalkboard paint!
  8. Polish it – Sometimes, old wooden pieces just need the teensiest bit of TLC. Check out how to make your own furniture polish from beeswax! If you want to avoid the animal products, try candelilla was instead.
  9. Combine it – Don’t ditch those old kitchen chairs! Check out this awesome tutorial for turning old chairs into a bench!
  10. Reinvent it – Whip out those power tools and turn an old coffee table into an ottoman!

Have you guys done any DIY furniture projects? I’d love to hear what you’re working on in the comments!

Written by Becky Striepe

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 .


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  1. 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?

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