12 Chalky Paint Furniture Makeovers

12 before and after furniture makeovers using chalky paint!

chalky painted furniture

Hey there sweet friends! Welcome to summer! We are full-on heat and humidity here in Texas, but a few days at the beach early this week sure helped! If you follow me on Instagram, you have been seeing some sneak peeks of my recently renovated farmhouse office space! I shared the new floors and shiplap wall last week, you can catch up here if you missed it. I can already tell it's going to be my favorite space in the whole house! I'll be sharing the full reveal soon, I promise!

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I thought it would be fun to share some chalky paint furniture before and afters for you today! If you haven't already jumped on the chalk-paint-wagon, you're gonna wanna do it soon! I never fail to be amazed at how an ugly, old, dated, junky piece of furniture can be transformed! Many of the items you'll see below were found at thrift stores, some were even curbside finds!

Let's jump in!

First is this cute little dresser I found at Marshalls years ago. Sun had damaged the finish and given the pale green a blotchy cast. I painted the dresser and stenciled the drawers and it's such a fun piece with modern farmhouse character!

chalky painted dresser before and after

This nightstand was part of my in-laws first bedroom suite...back in the early 60's! I gave this guy a bold makeover and fresh paint job. Love it now!

chalky painted nightstand before and after
Our oak trunk just looked dated...but this fun color keeps it trendy, and turning the trunk into a color-coded filing cabinet keeps it functional!
chalky painted trunk before and after

A little vintage storage tower that I found at a thrift store years ago, gets an update with chalk paint and becomes a functional storage unit in our budget-friendly farmhouse modern laundry room! The numbered baskets (hand-stenciled) are my favorite touch!

chalky painted cabinet before and after

When we lived in Tennessee, I turned a plain old round kitchen table into a fun game table with a painted checkerboard top!

chalky painted checkerboard game table before and after

A couple of mismatched pieces of furniture from the thrift store came together to create a matching kids activity table set with a chalkboard top!

chalky painted kids activity set before and after

One of my favorite furniture transformations to date, this gross and dated $40 hutch was brightened up to create a darling coffee bar with cottage charm!

chalky painted hutch before and after

I recycled a craft cabinet that I was no longer using into a pretty display unit for my thrifted ironstone collection! This cabinet recently got updated again...I gave it more of a farmhouse look for my Rae Dunn mugs. See the new look here.
chalky painted craft caddy before and after
Our new Texas kitchen had white cabinets on one side of the room and this oak 2-piece unit on the other wall. It didn't match anything! I painted it the same color as the walls (a DIY chalk paint mix) and now it's a cute farmhouse cabinet, a great place for a coffee station, and fits in perfectly with the rest of our kitchen!
chalky painted coffee bar before and after
Another hand-me-down from the in-laws, this old armoire had definitely seen better days! I mixed 2 different chalk paint brands together to create my own custom robin's egg blue color, and now this cabinet can hold its own in any room and is oozing with personality!
chalky painted armoire before and after
A curbside freebie, I gave this dirty nightstand a good cleaning, followed by a DIY driftwood paint treatment using leftover paint! It looked so cute in our blue and white guest room.
chalky painted driftwood nightstand before and after
This bed, purchased shortly after we married in 1992, was ready for an update. White and gray added French country charm for our guest room. A couple years later, a few changes to "modernize" it and it got another update to be used in our teenage daughter's bedroom.
chalky painted bed before and after
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chalky painted furniture round up
If you're a chalk paint newbie, these posts should help you understand it better and get to painting your pieces faster!

And now...here's what the rest of the Thrifty Style Team have been up to...

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  1. Once you get your hands on something you make it simply beautiful! So many great ideas and inspiration here.

  2. I can never get enough of chalk paint before-and-afters, and yours are just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your walk down the chalk painted memory lane! :D

  3. All of your chalk paint makeovers are so cute, Cindy! But, I especially love the coffee station...it's my fave!

  4. You have some amazing redos! I think we both have a penchant for mixing our own paint colors!

    1. Thanks Jane! Mixing colors is a great way to save money...and come up with something that's just your own!

  5. Cindy, All of your work is just fabulous! I like how you mixed paint colors to get what you like. I seriously can't pick a favorite project. Each is just as perfect as the next.

  6. Well it’s hard, but I gotta pick a fav...... the ribbon holder to cup keeper.


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