DIY: How To Use Paint To Enhance Your Thrifted Wood Furniture

DIY: How To Use Paint To Enhance Your Thrifted Wood Furniture

Provided by: Creative Expert Erin Rochon of Bluebird Upcycled Style

I love quick and easy updates like painting furniture - it can make a big impact on the look of your space. A question I often get asked is should solid wood furniture be painted? Some believe that wood should be never be painted over. The piece and its condition are important to consider, however, most often my feeling is if the finish is looking outdated, discoloured and does not work with your style, then it's time to make some changes! When you are transforming furniture it’s about being creative and focusing on how to get the best parts of your furniture to shine. That is why paint can be used to update wood furniture and keep the wood finish. Here are a few pieces of furniture I thrifted from my local Salvation Army Thrift Store, with tips on how you can keep (and update) the look of the wood by using paint.


I found this gorgeous console while thrifting. The console was a mix of laminate veneer on top and teak veneer on the bottom drawers. I decided to strip back the doors to raw wood and used hemp oil to protect and bring the wood grain to life. The rich, deep green I used is a stunning contrast to the gorgeous orange tones of the wood. 



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This delicate coffee table I found thrifting has gorgeous detail but the outdated colour of the wood was distracting. I stripped the top, removing the original finish to expose the raw wood. It has such beautiful grain, I wanted to showcase it. I used Hemp oil to protect it and bring the rich colour to life. Painting the skirt of the table and legs a crisp white puts all the focus on the stunning wood top.

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Next time you’re thrifting and find wood furniture that you are unsure what to do with, remember you can easily update it by using paint to enhance the look of the wood. Happy thrifting!