How to Repurpose Furniture for Spring


Spring is just around the corner, finally! This has me cleaning, rearranging and rethinking some of the pieces in our home. If you've been around for a while you may have noticed we recently transitioned out of our 250 sq ft RV into a 2,000 sq ft home. Kind of a big change, right? Luckily we have some pretty amazing family and friends who were quick to offer us furniture for our new home. Considering we only had an end table to our name, thankful is kind of an understatement. One of the pieces we were given was this old dresser. It was Drew's grandmothers and it's been sitting in our bedroom since we moved in. I wasn't quite sure what to do with it but realized that all it really needed was a little spring refresh.


The blue just wasn't sitting right with my neutral loving heart. However, I wanted to add some color to the bedroom. To do so, I pulled color inspiration from our exposed brick. I wanted something that would make a statement but would also flow well within our space. Off to Home Depot I went for some Behr color swatches. I pulled a large variety of colors mainly warm reds, pinks and oranges. I brought them home and brought them up to the bedroom to compare against the brick. After doing so I realized how much I loved the way Perfect Penny drew from the brick.
Side note: Its important to examine your color choices in different lighting. For example, make sure to view under both natural and artificial light as this can play a factor in your decision.

Exposed Brick Bedroom

Behr Paint color swatches


So, back to Home Depot I went for paint. I have always purchased Behr Marquee due to it being a paint and primer in one and i've always been satisfied with the quality of this paint. I decided to go with eggshell for the sheen. A little tip I've found is to always start with the "sample" sized containers, especially for smaller scaled projects. It's just over $5 and is the perfect amount for a simple project like this. I did end up needing to purchase a second sample container but $10 for the entire project vs $20 for 1 quart was a win in my book.

I started by removing the hardware and sanding quickly with 120 grit sandpaper, just to rough up the area. I wiped the dresser down and vacuumed up all the saw dust. I used a 4 inch roller for the majority of the project and hand painted the remainder. While the dresser was drying I took the hardware outside and spray painted it using Rust-Oleum Spray Paint in antique brass. I loved that the hardware was brass to begin with and wanted to maintain the character and charm of the dresser however, after years and years of use, the original brass had really faded. This spray paint brought it back to life.

Rustoleum Spray Paint

Boho Bedroom

I am so happy I stepped outside my comfort zone and went for a fun "pop" of color. This little spring refresh cost me just $10 for paint. Everything else was already lying around my house. So if you're home is in desperate need of a spring refresh but you don't have the money to go out and buy a new piece, consider repurposing. Pick your item, find color inspiration that already exists in your space, draw from it and go! If it's in the budget, you could even consider swapping hardware to something more new and updated or simply just repurpose using spray paint. The options are endless so long as you're willing to work with what you've already got. If you decided to freshen up a piece in your home, tag me on Instagram @elloreeinspired I'd love to see what you come up with! Xoxo

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