Making Old Furniture Look New

July 5, 2005
shelves before and after

You know all the furniture that you see people have left out at the curb for trash pickup, that on the surface looks ready for demolition? With a little fix up, these pieces can be saved and used in your own home.


I found this bookcase (everyone needs a good bookcase), and it was unsturdy and unattractive. But, I went to the lumber yard and bought new wood and used screws to add support backing to the back and now it is sturdy. Then I removed the black handles and repainted this in a more appealing white color. Then I re-attached the handles and look at the amazing results! With a little new wood and a coat of paint, this now is a functional and attractive bookcase!

By Vanessa


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July 5, 20052 found this helpful

It looks great! I'll definitely think twice before I pass up someone else's "trash". Thanks for sharing!

July 5, 20050 found this helpful

You did a wonderful job! And think of all the money you saved!

By Paula W (Guest Post)
July 5, 20050 found this helpful

What a great makeover! Your added support backing will add so much more structure and strength than the original unit ever had. Well done! I have a question about the surface you painted on. Was it really wood? --- or was it fiberboard covered with this plastic/paper veneer that seems to be the normal finish on bargain furniture nowdays?


I ask because I've always wondered if paint would "stick" to the veneer finish. Thanks! pw

February 19, 20121 found this helpful

I took all mismatched furniture and bought a product called Stone from wal-mart or home depot you spray it on and it gives a ceramic looking finish I showed my boyfriend and he painted all my living room furniture it looks like I bought it out of the showroom floor.

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