Easy DIY Projects on a Dime: Brightly Painted Furniture

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You know how much I love to update old furniture with paint. It’s one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to update and transform furniture into something desirable.  I’ve been painting furniture for years and now there are so many new products out there to help this process along.  From spray paint to chalk paint, there is a paint for all occasions.

The trend in the last couple of years has continued to evolve by painting those old castoffs with brightly color hues.  It’s a great way to add that pop of color in the room to really wake up your space.  I myself totally love this trend!

My sister found that table and chairs set on Craigslist for $100 and it is the perfect addition to her craft room.  But, it’s kinda ugly, don’t you think?  and pssst, there’s a $50 Home Depot giftcard giveaway at the end, so read it all, OK?!

Not a fan of blonde orangey wood, are you?

So, we are going to transform those pieces and make them SO much better.  With this luscious new Barcelona Orange shade by Annie Sloan chalk paint, this table and chairs will have a whole new lease on life.

Ready to start painting.

We painted 2 coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint on these pieces and the finish is really nice after the 2 coats are applied.  I am really loving the ASCP so much and want to use it more and more on many other pieces.  This was my first time using it on furniture and it does have a very dry chalk like feel when dry.

Amazingly smooth finish too, but it needs wax.  I am going to finish this set up with Annie Sloan Dark Wax on top and that should complete this Craigslist find into a functional and pretty craft table.  I’ll be back later to show how we waxed it!

By the way, you can order Annie Sloan chalk paint from my sponsor, Stylish Patina, and her button is on my sidebar.  As soon as I get that Dark Wax, we’ll finish this project and I’ll do a how-to on the whole thing.   I did add some clear wax on the table, which is what you see here, but the Dark wax will complete the look.

So, are you liking this new trend of brightly painted furniture?  I think it is such a fun way to add some pretty pizazz to otherwise bland and dated furniture, don’t you? 

Here are some more great examples around blogland of brightly painted hues of furniture pieces.  See what you think about these!

This turquoise beauty is from Natty by Design and she has it going on with painting older pieces of furniture that need a new life.

From Country Living, see how that pop of orange on the coffee table adds so much spunk to the room.  You can see bits of the same color on the pillows sprinkled around the room too.

My blog friend, Emily, painted this campaign dresser for her office in a springy green and it is a great mix for her space.  I can’t wait to see what she does in her new office.

From Design Sponge, this dresser started off as a standard issue brown wood French inspired piece.  There’s certainly nothing wrong with brown wood, I have plenty of it myself, but if you have a piece that has seen better days, what better way to shake it up than to paint it a sunny yellow.

I have always adored the way Myra transformed this vintage desk into something so pretty and lively for her home.  Love it!

From Opal Never Shouts, this blue painted chest is such a vibrant color and perfectly at home with the other colors surrounding it in the room.

This jewelry chest came in a cherry finish and was transformed by Repurposed Life Designs  in a happy yellow and how much more fun would this be to wake up to?

From Good Life of Design, here’s another example of an older piece brought up to date with this meadow green paint.  I’m in love with green painted anything, so this is so pretty to me.

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We’re also giving away a $50 Home Depot giftcard to one lucky reader!  You can do a lot with $50 at Home Depot.

To be eligible for the $50 giftcard giveaway, just leave a comment here on THIS post telling me what you would like to update around your house if you are the winner!

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- Rhoda


  1. I love how your sisters craft room turned out, the stenciled wall looks great! If I were to win the $50 Home Depot gift card I would use toward updating my ’90’s guest bathroom. Thank you for the opportunity!

  2. I have a cherry-wood jewelry chest (that I love!). It’s so getting a makeover! Great giveaway!

  3. We need to renovate our guest bathroom. A $50. giftcard to Home Depot would make a little dent in our budget!

  4. My son’s bedroom! He needs storage space.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Michell M says:

    I need to finish my office/craft room. There would be soooo much I could do with a Home Depot gift card! Paint, shelves, curtain rod….where to begin…..

  6. Maggie M. says:

    I have this old college desk from Target that I now use as my crafting table. I would love to be able to sand and repaint/refinish it into a fun color – I am thinking teal or gray with teal accents.


  7. I have been updating my son’s room. He graduated from college and moved out a couple of years ago. Now he is getting married and it is time to turn his room into a guestroom. (Sigh)

  8. I have a white table I found on the curb. It is in need of something. I I think some snazzy paint would make it terrific!

  9. Stephanie says:

    I would love to paint some furniture in my son’s room!!! Thanks for the opportunity!!

  10. We are trying to reno our house…that $50 would come in handy!

  11. I have an old chest that I would like to liven up with some fresh paint. Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. My daughter needs a room makeover. This would help with paint cost!

  13. Courtney Mac says:

    I am all about updating my boys shared bedroom right now..changing the wall color, adding more hidden storage, you name it!!

    Thanks so much!

  14. I Have been dying to try some of the paint…..I don’t have anyone near me that sells it…..I have a coffee table I would love to try it on….very much like the one in one of the pics…..

    Love the orange table Rhoda, I know you don’t care for orange, but I happen to love it too like your sister….:) It looks great in there, nice job…

    All the best,
    Kathy :)

  15. I have two end tables that are stacked that the tv sits on. Color would certainly improve them.

  16. We are getting ready to begin painting the interior of our home in the spring, I love getting my painting supplies at Home Depot. Thanks!

    Mary l

  17. I would love to start working on doing something with our office… right now it has an old desk and NO color anywhere! Since the hubby uses it the most, I would love to do some reds or greens with brown/tan accents — maybe something with an old-world map look/feel since it’s cozy & masculine (heaven forbid me use anything ‘girly’ in the office). :-)

  18. We are currently working on our sunroom.

  19. Our kitchen needs updating in the worst way. I’m also planning on painting our table/chairs – they look like the same color/style as your table, so this really caught my eye. Can’t wait to see the final step with the dark wax. Thank you!

  20. I would love to do a little updating in our guest bedroom. $50 would help so much!

  21. Hum…what doesn’t need an update! :) But if I had to choose one thing it would be the light fixture in our bathroom. It’s the standard rectangle with bulbs, not that fun. Thank you for all the goodies you give away and for all the inspiration!

  22. Brooke Griffiths says:

    I have a kitchen table and six chairs that I’m trying to get up the nerve to repaint. They’re in great condition, except that seven rough & tumble years with our family has left them a little down in the dumps. Thanks for inspiring me!

  23. Heather Spooner says:

    I would love to update my den/family room. Right now it’s country plaid and brown paneling. $50 could help me get started, at least with a can of paint and brushes. Thank you!

  24. Pam McDonald says:

    I desperately need to update my kitchen with some paint!

  25. I loved your pictures of bright furniture. It’s something I would never think of doing, but seeing how beautiful those pieces look in their settings gives me courage.
    If I win the gift card, I will use it on my master bath redo. White cabinets, white cultured marble tops (with chips) and eggplant/gold wallpaper – it all needs to go!!

  26. I also love the brightly painted furniture trend. I just need to find the right piece to try it out somewhere in our house!

    I would use the giftcard towards a new faucet for the bathroom or maybe a new light fixture in the kitchen. Thanks!

  27. You have inspired me to get up and start (or rather finish the Paintng of all the pieces of furniture in my garage) .I would use the gift card to redo my son’s bathroom It’s very small and in desperate need of a redo. Thanks for posting

  28. I would love to make a headboard myself if I win the gift card.

  29. I would buy a new lamp for the home office.

  30. Honestly, I would buy PAINT! I have a few pieces that need a fresh coat and at least one of them will be fresh and fun!

  31. There’s a little second hand/antique store down the road from me. There’s a little table that would be perfect for my new computer and I want to paint it a bright color when I get my hands on it. I hope no one buys it before I get the $$.

  32. Love the orange table and chairs….also love ASCP….I would love to paint my bedside table….

  33. We are currently sprucing up the main bathroom. $50.00 would buy a nice light fixture.

  34. Paint of course!!

  35. Renee Blair says:

    I would like to replace my kitchen sink with a farmhouse style sink.

  36. A serious re-do of the guest room.

  37. Louise in NE OK says:

    I need to really, really work on my office/craft room! Painting furniture might be in my future!!

  38. Karen Asbell says:

    I have a couple old desks I would like to breathe new life in! But my parents would kill me for painting solid (*gasp*) oak! I’d find something to use it on! Thanks!

  39. Carol Adams says:

    I would use it for a guest bath update! Thanks

  40. In the process of remodeling my master bathroom and I sure could use an extra $50!!!!

  41. I want to update a little “smoking stand” for my bathroom with some ASCP.

  42. First and foremost I love your blog! Thanks for the opportunity to win a $50 gift card to Home Depot! I just bought a new home and I am on a limited budget and have champagne taste! I am currently working on my guest bedroom so $50 would go far! Paint, supplies for making a headboard, tools, the list could go on and on! Thanks again!!

  43. I have an old dresser that I would love to paint a bright and cheerful color!

  44. I’d like oil rubbed bronze door hinges. Thanks,

  45. I would LOVE to update my kitchen. I need new coutertops and backsplash.

  46. My diningroom table needs to be redone .

  47. Carol in Bama says:

    Love painted furniture and I have some myself too. I need to add a bright color to something in my sewing room. If I won the gift card, I would use it to update the hardware in my kitchen to change from the tired brassy look to something more modern.

  48. I need new lights for my kitchen! really badly!

  49. We’re having our first baby in the spring and are setting up the nursery. I’d buy a replacement for the hideous ceiling fan and light in the nursery.

  50. I have a small side table that I use in my guest room that I picked up at a garage sale a couple of years ago. It was originally brown wood, which I then spray painted white – I think it was my very first DIY paint job, actually! Now, after a couple years use and a move, it’s definitely ready for another paint job!

  51. Anna-Lisa says:

    I could do a lot with a gift card to Home Depot but I’d probably update an old coffee table I have in our family/front room.

  52. April was in CT now CA says:

    I found this cute triple tray table on the side of the road quite a while ago that I’ve been wanting to re-do!

  53. Ashleigh H says:

    I would love to update my entry hall table!:)

  54. I would so make over the endtables in my family room. Love how the chalk paint on the table came out.

  55. I’d like to repaint my kitchen!

  56. Laurie Russell says:

    Boy I could sure use that Home Depot gift card. After reading your blog, I have ID’d at least 4 pieces of old furniture just waiting for me to paint and let them live another life.

    Thanks for the inspiration…

  57. Jessica W says:

    I would update the paint in my master bedroom…avocado walls are not in style anymore!

  58. Karen Carter says:

    Love the colors! Would do the dining furniture for sure with a $50 gift card.

  59. I love,love,love your blog! With a $50 Home Depot gift card I would buy the supplies needed to turn my ’90s entertainment center from dark green painted wood to an off-white piece with dark glaze and ORB hardware! Can’t wait for the how-to on your sister’s table and chairs!

  60. I would love to update the fixtures in our bathroom.

  61. Marsha Milliken says:

    With your help I think we could do FIVE projects for FIFTY dollars around my house! We should start with a fun modern coffee table in the family room (I have the table), next a neat light fixture for the dining room, a frame, and…….

  62. I am in the process of putting my craft room together, finally my own room :) !!! and am on the hunt at thrift stores and yard sales for my pieces. I have found one old desk that is needing a new paint job. I am also on the lookout for anything else that I can recycle and paint.

  63. Ana Rodriguez says:

    LOVE the orange table! I love the color, I have two walls on my living room painted orange:)
    I am your newest follower, love your blog:)
    With the $50 HD gift card I would paint my master bedroom and make some shelves…

  64. Hi Rhonda…..Can you give me info on where to buy chalk paint? I either am overlooking it or my stores do not carry it. I sure am interested in trying it on a chest of drawers I want to paint. You inspire me!!! Thanks!

    • Hi, Pat, I’ve got a sponsor on my sidebar, Stylish Patina, the box with the bicycle in it. She can get you fixed up with any chalk paint needs. Be aware it is more expensive that regular paint, but it goes a long way.

  65. Allison says:

    Hi Rhonda, I just found out about chalk paint. I really want to do a desk I found super cheap at Goodwill. So could you tell me if you sanded the table prior to painting it. I read that you did not have to with chalk paint. Also hope I can win the HD gift card! I have so many ideals and this would give me a jump start on them!!! ~Allison

    • HI, Allison, no you do not have to prime with chalk paint. Just paint it on and go. Sorry, the HD gift card giveaway is already closed. Have fun!

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  67. Love diy projects & love home depot! I would totally build & paint this little funky table i have i mind!

  68. We just moved to a new apartment which is practically bare. We have been buying old furniture from craigslist that we are planning to modernize. Your article was very informative, and now I am getting all kinds of exciting ideas of what I can do with this furniture, in particular, a coffee table, and end table. Thank you!

  69. I am not sure how I would use the $50.00…so many things to do…but I would love the opportunity to figure it out! Thanks.

  70. I have an old honey oak colored china cabinet made by my great grandfather. I would love to paint it or possibly wall paper the back inside the shelves. I need to do something to update it and work it into my style. I also have a desk I bought at Habitat for Humanity for $40 bucks that is beyond scratched and really pitiful looking. It is very dark cherry color and I desperately want to paint it!

  71. I LOVE the updated pieces and would like to try and du the same with my very dated solid oak desk. I also have a vintage piece in the same room that will be getting a splash of color. Great to have a $ giveaway! I love Home Depot:-)

  72. We live at the beach and so the whole house is very eclectic. We just bought an oak sideboard that we are going to shorten and use for our TV and stereo equipment to update the look of the bedroom. Key Lime green is what I’m thinking. we have a few accents with that color and I think it will make the room really POP!

  73. I have never done any DIY projects but now am getting inspired. I think am going to paint my dinette whether I win the gift card or not! Thanks for the inspiration :)


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