DIY Magic: 9 Tips to Personalize Your Furniture

Oct 17 2023
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There is so much one can do to change up furniture to personalize them to your home and, also, modernize them. I’ve added stencils to benches, new upholstery and painted my share of just about everything here. The most labor intensive would be the pieces I decided to strip and sand back to their beautiful wood before staining. One of my favorite pieces was when I took a basic thrift store coffee table and added padding and fabric to make it tufted and comfy!

InspirationĀ board at Grandma's House DIY of stunning rocking chairs makeovers using gorgeous paint, stain, refinish and amazing fabric before and afters
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With so many options to choose from, store-bought furniture offers convenience and a quick solution to our home decor needs. However, for those who crave a unique touch or want their living spaces to reflect their personal style, merely buying and setting up a piece might feel a tad impersonal.

The good news? With a sprinkle of creativity and a dash of DIY spirit, you can transform these ready-made pieces into bespoke treasures. Let’s dive into 9 DIY projects that will help you add that personal touch to your store-bought furniture.

1. Stencil Magic

Stenciling is a fantastic way to add intricate patterns to your furniture without being an artist. Whether it’s a geometric design on a coffee table or decorative motifs on a dresser, stencils can make a world of difference. Choose a design that resonates with your style, and don’t be afraid to play with colors.

2. Swap Out Hardware

Sometimes, the smallest changes make the most significant impact. By merely changing the knobs or handles on a dresser, cabinet, or nightstand, you can give it a whole new look. Opt for vintage brass for a rustic feel or sleek chrome for a modern touch.

3. Play with Textures

Consider adding a textured wallpaper or fabric to the back panel of bookshelves or the sides of drawers. With this, you introduce a new element and add depth and character to the piece.
You can also incorporate different materials like leather, burlap, or even metal mesh. For example, one of the best ways to style your nightstand is to decorate your wooden bedside table with metallic elements. This way, you create a harmonious blend of rustic charm and modern elegance.

4. Paint & Distress

A fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into any furniture piece. For those who love the vintage or rustic look, painting and then distressing the furniture can create that coveted aged appearance. Remember, the key is to choose colors that complement your room’s overall palette.

5. Incorporate Legs and Feet

Elevate your furniture, both literally and figuratively, by adding or changing its legs. Whether you’re aiming for a mid-century modern vibe with tapered legs or a more traditional feel with ornate feet, this simple change can redefine your furniture’s entire look.

6. Decoupage Delight

Decoupage is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it. This technique can be used on tabletops, drawers, or any flat surface. With endless patterns available, from vintage to modern, you can truly make a piece your own.

7. Upholstery Update

For chairs or stools, a change in upholstery can be both refreshing and personal. A tufted headboard DIY is a great way to start sprucing up your bedroom. Choose a fabric that speaks to you, be it a bold print, a soft pastel, or a luxe texture like velvet.

8. Add Molding

Molding isn’t just for walls. Adding decorative molding to the sides of bookcases, the front of drawers, or the edges of tables can give your furniture an upscale, custom-made feel.

9. Personalized Panels

Consider adding paneled sections to doors or sides of cabinets. These can be painted in contrasting colors or even filled with fabric or wallpaper for an added layer of depth.

Transform Your Furniture From Generic to Unique

While store-bought furniture offers a world of convenience, it doesn’t mean we’re confined to its original design. With a bit of creativity, some DIY enthusiasm, and the tips above, you can transform any piece from generic to genuinely unique. Remember, your home is an extension of yourself, and every piece of furniture is a canvas waiting for your personal touch.
Dated rocking chair gets a before and after makeover with black painted rocking chair, before and afters, DIY.

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