5 Fun Updates for Older Pieces of Furniture

Check out these 5 updates for older pieces of furniture….

1) Paint

We found this table in Paris at a flea market when we lived their 12 years ago. It became outdated for my house so I opted instead of selling it, to paint it and let the kids have it for the Game Room. I paid someone to do it who could spray it. It gets a better coat of paint and finish that way.  If you are a DIYer I recommend consulting with a paint store in your area before painting furniture.


2) Hardware

Just a simple change of hardware can really make a difference with a piece of furniture.

Carolina Coast


3) Wallpaper

It can add a fun change to furniture…


4) Overlays

Makeover a piece using  overlays from myoverlays.com,  a great resource to add details to your furniture.

My overlays.com

5) Convert

Repurposing a piece like this dresser into a drop down desk or adding to a desk to give it a more updated look.

Lucky me studios



Happy Everything!




  1. Ann McDonald on January 16, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Karen, I love this post!! So fabulous. Great ideas!

  2. Karen Davis on January 16, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Thanks Ann!

  3. traci zeller on January 17, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Love that you kept the piece from Paris and reused it in your playroom! That makes it even more special! And I am totally amazed by the $69 IKEA desk. MAJOR difference!

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