DIY Craigslist Furniture Makeover

Saturday, March 15, 2014

It's confirmed, I'm pretty much addicted to scouting Craigslist for furniture. Living on a rock in the middle of the Pacific ocean, means a girl has got to get creative with her limited home furnishing options. Not gossiping about my rock at all, no no! I love my rock in the tropics (Maui that is) but being in an isolated place does present it's challenges. Since we're lacking fun affordable furniture stores on the island, I turn to Ross, Craigslist and thrift stores for home decor and makeover projects.

Here's our most recent DIY Craigslist furniture makeover.
Inspired by one of my favorite bloggers!! 
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Thanks girlfriend! You're a huge inspiration to us all!

I strike out A LOT on Craigslist. But every once in awhile the planets align and something unexpected happens... Someone actually posts a decent piece of furniture for a reasonable price, on our local Craigslist. Not only that, but you call and yes it's still available and YES you can come over and pick it up right away. This is what keeps me coming back to Craigslist.

You gotta kiss alotta frogs before finding a charming toad like this.

Meet "Big Red" he was painted, uh... xmas red and then topped with split pea soup crackle?  Poor thing! This is the original Craigslist picture. There's Big Red, looking quite embarrassed having his photo taken in this condition. I showed Michael and he basically snorted and laughed. But I could see the potential, it was well built with solid wood construction and for $45 this was a rare find here. So we headed out and had Big Red in the back of our truck within the hour.

How to remove several layers of paint? Lots of sanding. I was about to invest in a palm sander but Michael offered to do it all with his heavy duty belt sander instead.

I removed the hardware.

Since I'm replacing the knobs with drawer pulls, we filled the holes where the old knobs were previously drilled. We also filled any dings, to help create a smoother finish. We used some leftover Durham's putty from a previous project but any wood filler should do the trick just fine.

We did two coats of primer and Big Red was lookin' better already.

For the paint, I chose Behr Marina Isle. Which I've been totally obsessed with ever since I saw Virginia from LiveLoveDIY give Vern his original makeover here. I was like holy cow, I need this color in my life asap. So a huge thank you to Virginia for inspiring this project and getting me hooked on this fabulous paint color to match my minty aqua obsession. 

Virginia is a super creative DIY'er and all-around awesome blogger and person. So if you're not already following her blog LiveLoveDIY definitely head over there and check it out, I know you're going to love it!

I ordered these fabulous ornate drawer pulls from D. Lawless Hardware online here. They have an awesome selection of hardware at really affordable prices. I actually ordered several different designs from them, including a few totally glam acrylic crystal knobs.
Again, inspired by Virginia, thanks girlfriend!

I planned to spray paint the new drawer pulls, which are brass. So I gave them a buffing with my 150 grit sand paper, just enough to create texture for the paint to adhere better and wiped them clean. 

For the first coat, I used Rust-oleum Universal in Pure Gold, it's a paint and primer in one. 

I actually want my hardware silver but this works because it'll act as a primer (which I didn't have on hand) and it's fun mixing up paints for a multi-dimensional look.

For the silver, I used Rust-oleum Bright Coat.

I did one light coat, then decided I wanted a second coat. Wait for it to dry 15 minutes between coats. 

You know how I love mixing up paints? Yep. Next I grabbed my Martha Stewart Metallic Paint in Vintage Gold.

I put a dollop of Vintage Gold in my iced frappe coffee cup (after I had finished the coffee and washed the cup of course) and added a splash of water. Before we go any further, did you know Costco sells these ice blended frappes for only $1.45?! They're freaking delicious too!

I used a small artist paint brush to apply the Vintage Gold just in the recessed parts of the detail.

Then used a rag to wipe off any excess.

I measured and marked out where I wanted the new hardware to be placed.

Michael drilled all the new holes and I attached the hardware.


...Split pea soup


Like a breath of fresh air!

Now it's time to work on that gallery wall I've been wanting!

In case you're wondering, this fabulous lamp is from Walmart, the ghost chair is from Ross and the other little guys decorating the top there, are my recent thrift store finds. They'll be coming up in a future post.

Ok, video is finally up!

Craigslist Furniture Makeover

Thank you everyone for all the love on this project, all credit for this makeover idea goes to Virginia, seriously, she's a mastermind DIY'er with amazing taste!

Thanks for watching, love you guys!


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  1. It came out great! I love the hardware details. Posts like this make me want to undertake some DIY projects of my own. Feel better soon!

    1. Thanks Jade! I agree, just changing up hardware can give a piece a whole new look!

  2. Fantastic job Christine and Michael! Love the color you chose.

    1. Thanks Judy! I'm tellin' ya, that Behr Marina Isle is something else, what a luscious color!

  3. I love how this project turned out. The color is gorgeous.

    1. Thanks Chrissy! It's such a great color to brighten up a room, but in a calming sort of way. :)

  4. I love you're blog very much,you are such inspire for me. Maybe one day I will try to do some of this things that you are doing with lot of passion.

  5. Any ideas on how to decor wall with family photo. I love a wall full of family photo but something not too bored

    1. I'll work on some ideas and definitely share them with you all soon! :)

  6. Love it! There is beauty in everything, but some things just need a little bit of attention. It is looking gorgeous now!

    1. Thanks so much Janine! I couldn't agree more! xoxo Christine

  7. What a fantastic color! I love it. I have a couple of projects in mind and I may use that color on one or two of them. Thanks so much for sharing. And I just love Virginia -- she is another sweetheart - just like you. :)

    1. Aww thanks so much Leonora! I know right, once I latch onto a new favorite color, I have a hard time resisting going around and painting everything with it haha! ;D Totally agree, Virginia is such a doll! xoxo

  8. Christine, this turned out so beautiful! Vern and I are so honored to welcome mini Vern to the family!! xo

    1. Aww thanks so much Virginia! You are such an amazing inspiration and did I mention a total genius! What shall we call mini Vern? Maybe Vernadette lol. ;D Guess what I brought home today... a new dresser (well old actually, from Craigslist, but new to me!:) It's gonna make a great makeover piece, can't wait to share this upcoming transformation! Love ya girl. xo Christine

  9. Hi Christine, thank you for doing this post and the video, I love this! I bought a first cousin to your cupboard for $20 at the recycle mart at least 2 years ago. It's exactly the same furniture, same beveled top and bottom and beveled trim on the drawers and door. My piece is a bedside table. I sanded it by hand, then I couldn't decide what colour to paint it. A pale pastel
    pink, no too little girlish, white, too boring, pale blue, nah. So while I was procrastinating, I put it beside my bed and used it. It's still being used as is, how disgusting. This colour, this is exactly what I want and need. I wont be able to get the same paint but I have that colour firmly planted in my head now. The hardware you chose is perfect. xoxo

  10. Did you wax it when you were done painting? I immediately searched my craigslist for a Big Red look alike, but no luck yet! I am on the hunt though!

  11. You are a little lucky that being on Maui, that nothing is too far to pick up. Here on the mainland, [So Cal] I often find great things on CL, but even 30 to 50 miles can mean an all day drive round trip. Excellent job!

  12. where did you buy that diamond handle?

  13. It looks great! What's the finish of the mint paint?

  14. What finish of paint did you use? Satin or Gloss? It doesn't look like a flat or semi gloss. This would really help me with my furniture painting skills.


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