Two Simple Furniture Makeovers


Hello again, sweet friend.  Today is one of my favorite days of the month – Furniture Fixer Uppers day!  My blogging friends and I are sharing furniture makeovers to inspire you with your own projects.

This month I’m sharing not one but two simple furniture makeovers.  My book manuscript is due next week (aaahhhhhhh! Please send good vibes my way!) and I’ve been super busy creating 25 brand new tutorials to be published next spring, so this month I took it a little easy for FFU day.

Simple Furniture Makeover #1:

This vintage bookcase came to me via a Facebook listing.  I really liked the curves and thought it could work great for extra storage in a small space.

DIY Simple furniture makeovers - transform thrifted furniture into refreshed pieces with some TLC and paint. Tutorial by Girl in the Garage

First I gave it a couple coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in Pure White.

DIY Simple furniture makeovers - transform thrifted furniture into refreshed pieces with some TLC and paint. Tutorial by Girl in the Garage

And then I lightly distressed it and applied Annie Sloan’s clear wax for protection.

DIY Simple furniture makeovers - transform thrifted furniture into refreshed pieces with some TLC and paint. Tutorial by Girl in the Garage

I just love those curves – and the back panel looks like planked wood.   It has such a sweet farmhouse look to it, doesn’t it?DIY Simple furniture makeovers - transform thrifted furniture into refreshed pieces with some TLC and paint. Tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Simple Furniture Makeover #2:

This little guy came from an estate sale, and I think I paid $30 for it:

DIY Simple furniture makeovers - transform thrifted furniture into refreshed pieces with some TLC and paint. Tutorial by Girl in the Garage

This is another piece that would be great for a small space because it’s not very deep. 

DIY Simple furniture makeovers - transform thrifted furniture into refreshed pieces with some TLC and paint. Tutorial by Girl in the Garage

It was painted in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® in French Linen and then distressed quite a bit so the details and curves would stand out more.

DIY Simple furniture makeovers - transform thrifted furniture into refreshed pieces with some TLC and paint. Tutorial by Girl in the Garage

This one was also protected with Annie Sloan’s clear wax.

DIY Simple furniture makeovers - transform thrifted furniture into refreshed pieces with some TLC and paint. Tutorial by Girl in the Garage DIY Simple furniture makeovers - transform thrifted furniture into refreshed pieces with some TLC and paint. Tutorial by Girl in the Garage

These have both already sold.  🙂   I hope you like these simple furniture makeovers.  It’s good to mix things up – sometimes I like to be really creative and go all out, and other times the piece just calls for something more simple.

DIY Simple furniture makeovers - transform thrifted furniture into refreshed pieces with some TLC and paint. Tutorial by Girl in the Garage

*Now it’s time for Furniture Fixer Uppers with my furniture makeover friends!*

The Furniture Fixer Uppers

Below are the Before photos – visit the links underneath to see the After and learn how they did it:

The Furniture Fixer Uppers - October 20181. Just the Woods
2. Confessions of a Serial DIYer
3. Prodigal Pieces
4. The Interior Frugalista
5. Petticoat Junktion

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  1. Allison Anselmo
    October 25, 2018 at 10:01 am (3 weeks ago)

    Oh my gosh! I am seriously loving that bookshelf. Now I have another thing to be on the hunt for! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Christy
    October 25, 2018 at 10:21 am (3 weeks ago)

    I know when I’m redoing a piece to share on my blog, I always think I need to be really creative, but sometimes all a piece needs is a simple paint job. I’m not surprised these have sold already because they both look great! I especially love the bookcase…a great example of how paint can totally transform something very outdated into a super cute piece! XO

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      October 26, 2018 at 7:26 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Thanks Christy! So funny – I originally thought of replacing the back of the bookcase but I’m so glad I left it!

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  3. Marie
    October 25, 2018 at 11:39 am (3 weeks ago)

    So many exciting things on the horizon for you Jen! Two lovely makeovers and I especially love how white paint completely updated the bookcase into a charming farmhouse style. No surprise they both sold already!

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  4. Kandice
    October 25, 2018 at 1:12 pm (3 weeks ago)

    I bet your book will look amazing on that bookcase 😉. Congrats on the book and love the makeovers 💗

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  5. Cindy
    October 25, 2018 at 1:35 pm (3 weeks ago)

    The bookshelf would look great in a bathroom to hold rolls of TP, cannisters of cotton balls, q-tips, etc. and some small towels.

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      October 26, 2018 at 7:25 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Ding, we have a winner! LOL. That’s exactly what the woman who bought it was going to use it for. 🙂

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  6. Rose Lefebvre
    October 25, 2018 at 7:43 pm (3 weeks ago)

    I love the open bookshelf. Just like what I hope to find!

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  7. Jane
    October 27, 2018 at 12:08 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Oh gosh! I hope I run across a bookcase like that one! I would paint it exactly the way you did. Looking forward to your book when it’s released!

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  8. Rhonda
    October 31, 2018 at 10:27 pm (2 weeks ago)

    I have the same little book shelf. I painted mine light gray. I loved both your projects.

    Reply

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