Repainting Furniture Upcycle Tutorial

Repainting Furniture Upcycle Tutorial
Repainting Furniture Upcycle Tutorial
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Home decor can be expensive, especially furniture pieces. Save your budget by buying thrift store furniture pieces and following this Repainting Furniture Upcycle Tutorial. When you repaint old furniture, you save big and you choose the color and style of your DIY decor. This way, your upcycled furniture is guaranteed to match your home's aesthetic. Finding the perfect furniture piece at a department store can be such a chore; so instead, DIY and make an old piece new! Just follow this tutorial for upcycling a desk and chair. This tutorial will tell you exactly what tools you'll need and walk you through the step-by-step instructions for repainting your furniture piece.

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Estimated Cost$31+

Time to CompleteLonger than a weekend


Primary TechniquePainting


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Mod Podge ® Mod Melts - Clear Sea Glass
  • Mod Podge ® Mod Melter
  • FolkArt ® Milk Paints - Petticoat, 6.8 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Milk Paints - Churned Butter, 6.8 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Milk Paints - Monument Gray, 6.8 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Milk Paint Bonding Primer and Sealer, 6.8 oz.
  • FolkArt ® Milk Paint Brush, 2"
  • Wood desk
  • Chair
  • Sandpaper – fine grit
  • Window cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • Work bowl
  • Fabric for chair cushion
  • Foam seat
  • Scissors


DIY Project Instructions

  1. Clean and remove the handles from the desk. Remove the seat from the chair. Lightly sand the furniture. Clean with window cleaner and paper towels.

  2. Pour the bonding primer and sealer into a work bowl. Dip the brush into the primer, wipe the bristles on the inside of the bowl to remove the excess paint. Paint the primer onto the desk and chair. Work in long smooth brushstrokes. Allow to dry for 4 hours before painting.

  3. Paint the desk with Monument Gray and the chair with Churned Butter. Use a light coat of paint. Allow to dry for 1 hour. Lightly sand and wipe clean. Apply a second coat and allow to dry. Repeat until the desired depth of color is reached.

  4. Paint any areas of interest with the Petticoat Milk Paint. Allow to dry for 30 min. and then lightly sand to show the gray and natural color of the desk. Rub a damp paper towel over the sanded area.

  5. Top-coat with two coats of the bonding primer and sealer. Allow for dry time in between coats.

  6. Using a Mod Melter and Melts, attach the foam to the seat base. Cut fabric to size. Center the foam seat over the fabric (fabric should be wrong side up). Glue the corners first and the sides.

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Nice ideas! We can also use products like truworth wipe new recolor for faded chair restoration. See https// == ecolor.html#producttabshowto

What a beautiful idea . I have an old vanity which is an eyesore right now. I am going to try this idea as soon as I get the time. I love the gray paint and the buttercream paint together, however, that color will not match my bedroom so I am going to have to come up with a different color scheme but will definitely use your directions.

I can't wait to give this tutorial a try. I'm buying my first home soon, so refinishing furniture is the perfect way for me to save money. I absolutely love the look of milk paint. It's so modern and classy looking. I would really like to try painting a set of dining room chairs and covering the cushions in some fun fabric. I think it would be an inexpensive and cute way to add some colour into my dining room. Having never used milk paint before, I wonder if you have to seal it regularly? Does it chip easily?


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