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The Ultimate Furniture Before and Afters

Nov 17 2014 - 3:29pm

Calling all flea market junkies [1] — this post is for you! If you're in need of some before-and-after inspiration, here are five of what we would consider the best furniture transformations. Each creative in their own right — think painted upholstery — the finished pieces are downright impressive. Take a look, and find out how to get the results below.

Source: Style by Emily Henderson [2]

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A flea market favorite, lacquered pieces offer a vintage authenticity that is often hard to find in new pieces. The problem is they are usually scratched and require a little TLC. For about $300, this $60 thrift-store desk [3] got a stunning makeover. In the words of celebrity decorator Emily Henderson [4], "You can always change the finish, but you can't change the shape."

Source: Style by Emily Henderson [5]

For those of you who fear upholstery or simply want to extend the life of an older fabric, this painted upholstery makeover [6] is for you. A pair of $30 swivel chairs look brand-new with few coats of acrylic paint in a bright coral color.


Source: Little Green Notebook [7]

Is this transformation amazing or what? Two basic floor lamps got a sweet upgrade with some fabric and spray paint. The process [8] isn't as hard as it looks either: it takes about three hours (mostly drying time) and costs under $20 (assuming you want to use a lamp you already own).

Source: Design*Sponge [9]

It's hard to believe that this chair used to be lime green! After some paint stripping, reupholstery, and contrast piping, this chair [10] underwent a makeover that's one for the books. It looks like a completely new piece and makes for the perfect accent chair.

Source: The Hunted Interior [11]

Although it was in need of some elbow grease, the transformation of this vintage credenza [12] is epic. Covering the bad Formica in concrete and painting the base blue made this piece look completely different. Better yet, it was snatched up at a thrift store for only $39 bucks!

Source: Little Green Notebook [13]

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