These colorful painted furniture ideas are amazing transformations that put a modern and beautiful story to old furniture. From subtle hues to bold blue painted furniture, there are projects here to refresh your entire home. Creative DIY ideas, tutorials, and before and afters, for pieces large and small.
There’s probably nothing I love more than creatively painted furniture. Giving a thrifted piece a makeover that is uniquely you will completely transform your space. And paint is my all-time favorite transformation medium.
As a furniture refinisher myself, anytime I get requested to use color from a client, I get super excited! While I have several white painted furniture pieces, color is always a fun addition.
Whether you’re repurposing a well-loved piece, or you’ve decided to update your current furniture, a simple paint job revives your pieces. See which paints I’ve selected as the best paints for furniture. For professional looking results, read my tips on eliminating brush strokes and choosing the best topcoat to protect your custom creation.
Take a look at these impressive painted furniture ideas by fellow DIYers. From layered paints to bright colors to floral transfers, there is something for every style. If you see anything you love and want to read more about it, you can find a direct link to each project underneath each photo and these talented creatives often have many more stunning colorful painted furniture ideas!
Blue & Navy Painted Furniture
Navy is the new black. It’s versatile, clean and timeless. When it comes to blues, the sky’s the limit. From light beachy-hues to dark navy, this gender-neutral hue perks up any decor scheme.
Good bones make sensational before and afters. This Kent Coffey Lancia dresser was already in great condition when Painted by Kayla Payne acquired it. The dark glossy sheen is accented by beautiful brass hardware, creating polished elegance.
I spied untapped potential in this estate sale leftover, so naturally I hauled it home. After a bit of wood filler and elbow grease, this weekend warrior project became a lovely feature of our guest room. I chose a romantic hand-painted finish for this piece, using Fusion Mineral Paint in Little Whale.
How about this unexpected pop of Midnight Blue to inspire? This post on how to paint a bathroom cabinet gives useful tips for painting high traffic furniture. Learn how to upgrade builder grade cabinets into a chic vanity. It’s a good beginner DIY project, and a great budget saver.
Renovating this piece was a work of heart for Renovated Faith. She chose Benjamin Moore Hale Navy to update this beloved piece. The rich navy accentuates the exquisite detail of this antique, while the neutral gray undertones give it modern appeal.
Lighten up a little! That was the idea behind this gorgeous furniture makeover from Lost & Found Decor. Her husband’s dark and drab dresser became a conversation piece with a few coats of French Eggshell by Fusion Mineral Paint. Floral accent transfers are artfully arranged to complete the design.
Someone’s trash is another person’s treasure. When A Ray of Sunlight scored this free dresser off Facebook Marketplace, it was in desperate need of TLC. Follow their step-by-step tutorial on this DIY dresser makeover.
Green Painted Furniture
With so many beautiful nature-inspired hues to choose from, green is is the “it” color of the design world. Modern greens are vibrant, bold and timeless. From sage to deep emeralds, green painted furniture is a stylish refresh for any room.
If furniture could talk, this $25 yard sale find would tell the story of two drastically different transformations within the span of four years. Lily Ardor walks us through the adventures of updating her shabby chic dresser into this modern masterpiece. Read how she makes DIY chalk paint using Nightwatch by PPG Paints.
Is it just me, or does every man have an attachment to something from their premarital days that we find well, unsightly? This brilliant drawer front makeover from Do Dodson Designs, manages compromise without sacrificing style. The earthy neutral tone of Hampton Olive by Silk Mineral Paint compliments the other bedroom decor seamlessly.
When old meets new, you get an original vibe which is exactly what Salvaged Living was aiming for when designing her study. She used Urban Garden from the HGTV Home line by Sherwin Williams to paint her walls and ceiling. Then she cleverly painted a salvaged bookcase in the same shade. The result? An illusion of custom built-ins minus the heavy price tag!
Color outside of the lines by blending paint colors! Brushed by Brandy created this lush Juniper shade by blending a mix of Palmetto, Antebellum Blue, and Midnight Sky French. She skillfully wove a white Magnolia transfer to create a dazzling contrast of light and dark.
Upcycling antique furniture is a true labor of love. When The Honeycomb Home stumbled upon this gem, it had seen better days. She pulled up her sleeves and got to work, selecting Vine Leaf from Behr to give this piece present-day purpose. The rich glossy color showcases the dresser’s curves and bevels.
Paint is the star of the show in this furniture makeover featured by petal+ ply. The console was in overall good condition, simply in need of a makeover. Lush by Velvet Finishes Paint was selected to make a bold statement, and to easily cover the former black finish without much fuss. The updated creamy white hardware is a perfect pop against the deep green base. Lush and lovely!
In this gorgeous furniture refinish by Gracie’s Attic, a deep green is used as merely an accent color. The multi tonal finish provides dimension and intrigue. This upcycle is a cohesive combination of modern and antique, where the dark emerald-like green provides a clean outline for the other details to shine.
Colorful Painted Furniture
There’s no such thing as a color faux pas when it comes to painting furniture. A fun new colorful painted furniture piece can reinvigorate any long-forgotten piece. With so many modern finishes and color options readily available- why not put a little color in your world?
This pretty in pink before and after project was almost the “one that got away.” Salvaged Inspirations initially passed on this dresser but couldn’t resist the urge to go back. Thanks to her intuition and Pink Champagne Chalk Mineral Paint, this makeover story has a very happy ending.
It was Colonel Mustard in the hall with the candlestick. This custom antique sideboard from Brushed by Brandy features Colonel Mustard paint by Dixie Belle. The vivid goldenrod hues make an electric entryway statement. Check out the bee drawer pulls, simply divine.
I’m plum crazy over this floral-patterned piece from Lost and Found Decor. An antique Basset Italian Provincial chest of drawers is given a glamorous update with Fusion Twilight Geranium paint and romantic floral transfers. What a stunner!
Guests go gaga for this raspberry refresh by Style your Senses. She used Design Master ColorTool Spray Paint in Raspberry to rehab this gorgeous addition to her guest suite. The updated gold hardware pops crisply against the bright hue. Can you feel the ambiance radiating from this room?
Dreaming of coastal waters and sunsets by the shores? This dreamy coastal dresser from @bluewreninteriors inspires all the beach feels. Brushed brass hardware and Brook by Fusion Mineral Paint work in natural harmony for understated seaside style.
Yellow is such a joyful color, but it can be tricky to pick the perfect shade. Eight Hundred Furniture hit the proverbial nail on the head with Miss Mustard Seed’s “Mustard Seed Yellow” Milk Paint. This buttery shade hits all the right notes as it’s not too bright but doesn’t slant too gold.
Black Painted Furniture
As much as I love pops of color, there’s something timeless about a clean black painted finish. Black painted furniture is the cool kid in high school. It’s effortless and always in style. Use this in your project to add modern contrast, or depth in a room.
These garage sale finds had wonderful lines and beautiful details, but blended into the background. Thanks to this simple makeover by Thirty Eighth Street, these end tables are now prominent features of the room. Painting the pieces with Black Hills from Pure & Original, provided a striking contrast to the circular brass pulls.
Follow my in-depth tutorial to learn how I transformed an ordinary mini-fridge, into this man cave masterpiece for less than fifty bucks. I used Rust Oleum Metallic in Oil Rubbed Bronze and a custom handmade stencil to create an authentic look. It’s one of my all-time favorite paint projects!
In this eye-catching dresser remodel, Do Dodson Designs created a unique paint finish to compliment the horse transfer she’d purchased. She blended Buttercream and Caviar from Chalk Mineral Paint to achieve a billowy cloud effect. Details like modern hardware and creative paint blending support the overall artistic vision.
We rescued this Korean War Era army military footlocker from the dumpster pile. Although it had seen better days, I knew this trunk had more life left to live. After a good cleanup, I used Oil Rubbed Bronze for a metallic sheen and covered the body with vintage maps. The before & after is incredible!
More furniture painting ideas? Take a peek at some of these:
- Learn the Right Way to Spray Paint Metal Furniture
- What is the Best Paint for Furniture?
- Our Best tips for Painting Furniture White
- How To Paint Laminate Furniture
Seeing what other DIYers have been up to, always reinvigorates me. How about you? Did you find something new to inspire one of your future projects? I’m so thankful to have access to platforms where we can easily share creative ideas and how-to’s.
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