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How to makeover outdated furniture with paint and fabric

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If you have a functional but outdated piece of furniture such as a night table or desk that you don't want to throw out consider revamping it with paint and fabric.

Sometimes we tend to overlook certain vintage furnishings because they are no longer aesthetically pleasing and store them in the garage or guest room. That outdated piece of furniture can be brought back to life with the right paint color and decorative fabric.

Below is a step-by-step guide to transform an outdated console table, desk or cabinet:


sandpaper, primer, paint, fabric, scissors, paintbrush, white glue, white paper, cardboard, razor knife, acrylic medium.


Sand the desired furniture, apply primer and sand again. Then apply paint color and let it dry. Sand and paint one more time. Cut the fabric (with scissors) along the outline of the design and brush a coat of white glue onto the reverse side of cut fabric.

Step 2:

Place the cut fabric onto the white paper (glue side down) and smooth it out. To ensure that the glue dries completely place books on top to flatten the fabric.

Step 3:

Use the razor knife to cut the design from the fabric but make sure your utility table is well protected from the razor knife by placing a piece of cardboard on top of it.

Step 4:

Brush white glue onto the reverse side of the cut out fabric and position it on the furniture. When the design is completely dry seal it with a coat of acrylic medium.


The above materials can be purchased from an arts and crafts store. Use alkyd primer and paint for best results.



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