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Chic and Cheap Ways for Furniture Makeovers

Oct 23, 2011

Furniture Makeovers

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Old entertainment armoire transformed into a stylish home office!

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*They replaced the upper pullout shelf with a fixed painted plywood shelf hung on wooden brackets, which we screwed directly into the armoire's back wall.
*They cut Homasote boards (recycled fiberboards soft enough to sink pushpins into) to fit the back and the side door panels and covered them in fabric secured with a staple gun. Small screw hooks hold each panel in place; you can also simply screw the panels to the corners.
*They swapped out dated brass hardware for pretty (and inexpensive) glass knobs.

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The original TV shelf became a functional slideout work surface. To make it movable, they screwed two drawer glides (available at hardware stores) into the top of the base about 6 inches in from the sides and then set the shelf into the glides. Knobs make it easy to pull the shelf out and push it back in.


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Old dresser transformed into a chic sideboard with plenty of storage!

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*They gave the whole piece a light sanding, a coat of primer, and two coats
of semigloss latex paint in a pale blue shade on the outside and a deeper
blue inside for contrast.
*To dress up the doors, they picked out a pair of modern nickel pulls.

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Out-dated side table with stone top transformed into a bright and cheerful accent piece!

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*First they removed the hardware and stone top, sanded the table all over,
and applied a coat of primer.
*Then they gave it two coats of semigloss latex paint in a lively citrus hue.
*For a pull, they threaded a length of cord through the existing hardware holes,
knotted the cord on the inside and trimmed the ends.

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*They cut a length of seagrass wallpaper to fit the inset and topped it
with a pane of 1/4-inch glass. Switch the paper to change the look.