12 Dramatic White Paint Makeovers

White paint is one of my favorite ways to dramatically change a piece of furniture and add cottage style! I'm sharing some of my favorite makeovers here!
12 white paint furniture makeovers

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I love drama.

Not the teenage kind (just wanted to be clear!!)...the kind that comes when a boring, dated and dark piece of furniture or decor is dramatically transformed with chalk paint!

Today is Thrifty Style Team, and I'm sharing 12 of my very favorite white paint makeovers! These are all my own pieces. Some have been painted using my DIY chalk paint recipe, others have been painted using purchased chalk paint, latex paint and even enamel primer! Each piece is proof of the power of white paint to make a dramatic transformation!

You can click on the link in each description to see the process I used for each piece.  In most cases, you'll also get to see the aforementioned ugly before pictures! At the end of my post you'll find links to the other Thrifty Style Team projects.

Dramatic White Chalk Paint Transformations

1. Cottage Dresser

cottage white dresser

I don't know what took me so long to paint this beauty. Oh wait, yes I do...this dresser had some major damage and I was intimidated to tackle it! In the end, I am so pleased with the results! The white paint and new hardware give it a gorgeous, cottage feel and really highlight the piece!

2. Large Chalkboard

farmhouse dining room

Can you believe that I paid only $10 for this gigantic frame at a yard sale? You can read the whole story by clicking the link...plus see how it looked when I bought it!

3. Built-in Bookshelves

painted built-ins

When we bought this home nearly 2 years ago, the living room was stuck in the dark ages...literally! Dark paneling, dark wood bookshelves and a dark, dirty red fireplace. This room has seen a lot of changes and is now a light and airy place for the family to gather!

4. Entry Table

updated entry table

This entry table makeover is an oldie...and the pictures are less than stellar, but it's still one of my favorite makeovers to date! I refinished the top in a darker stain, and completely transformed the bottom! Check it out!

5. Breakfast Table

farmhouse chic breakfast nook

Our present kitchen is tight and trying to fit furniture in the room has been difficult! I finally found the solution with a pair of small bistro chairs, a small pew and this round pedestal table that I found on Craigslist. The chairs that came with the table are being used in my dining room as they're too large for the kitchen. Updating the table is not something I posted about because it was late fall last year and I had too much else going on! But just in case you were wondering, I painted it white 😂

6. Stenciled Dresser

painted and stenciled dresser

This was one of those pieces that very nearly got thrown out...it was that bad! Sun damage had ruined the color of the dresser. I'm so glad I not only saved it...but I think I elevated its status in the whole "dresser world" with the stenciled drawers!

7. French Country Hutch

white french country hutch

This is another really old project (hence the awful pictures!) but it's such a dramatic makeover that I had to include it. I no longer own this white hutch, but sometimes I dream about it 😍 I paid $40 for this hutch...and you'll understand when you see the before!

8. Fireplace

update a fireplace with chalk paint

Yes, white chalk paint can dramatically alter even a fireplace! This little painting project started off as a cleaning experiment...and a couple hours later I would up with this! An easy project that anyone can do!! p.s. I would rather paint than clean any day of the week!

9. Mantle Clock

white painted mantle clock

You probably own one or two of these mantle clocks! They were very popular when I was growing up and chimed the hour. They're very easy to paint and look entirely different with a fresh coat of white!

10. TV Console

farmhouse modern living room

Old dressers can easily be repurposed as TV consoles! You can read all about this makeover...and find out where this dresser came from!

11. Laundry Cabinet

farmhouse laundry room for under $100

This farmhouse laundry room makeover came in at under $100! Most of the transformation happened with paint! It lightened the room and painting the cabinets freshened it up!

12. Farmhouse Clock

faux farmhouse clock DIY

Sometimes it's fun to think outside the box with home decor! That's how this faux farmhouse clock came to be! Check out the post to find out what I used to make it...hint...it's from a piece of IKEA furniture!

And there you have it...12 dramatic white paint transformations! I hope you're inspired to try a makeover of your own! Please feel free to share and Pin this image for future reference 💙 and I'd love to hear what your favorite white painted piece has been to date!

12 dramatic white paint makeovers

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  1. If I had to pick a favorite, which of course I just have to do, I think I would pick the chalkboard. I love it!

    1. I'm not surprised Bliss, that one is probably my most favorite find of all time!

  2. I'm usually a give me the color kind of gal, but you are making a very compelling case for white. Wow!!! Gorgeous!

    1. Haha, well thank you sweet friend! I do love color, just in smaller doses :)

  3. At first, I was thinking the large chalkboard was my favorite...but then that fireplace gave me allllll the heart eyes! Such great makeovers!

  4. Your transformations are always so beautiful. I honestly can't pick a favorite and would love to have any one of your amazing pieces!

    1. Oh my goodness, Mary Beth, that is so sweet of you!! Thank you ❤

  5. You can never go wrong with white. :) Love all of your pretty makeovers!

    1. That's exactly how I feel Kristi.. when in doubt, paint it white!!

  6. Cindy - you have transformed your home with these gorgeous painted projects. Love the white paint...and that chalkboard. Swoon worthy!

  7. Cindy,
    You have created such a lovely and welcoming home with all of your white highlights.
    Your furniture is stunning.


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