Use our ideas to turn "before" items like this into "after" pieces everyone will adore!Before: This wing chair is covered in dated fabric, but has a uniquely striking shape.

One thing that has been on my list of DIY projects to tackle is to refinish an old piece of furniture.

I used to see old furniture at thrift shops or garage sales and think “who in the world would want that in their home!

Chair paint: Pro Classic Alkyd Interior Enamel in White;

Chair fabric (ticking): for assorted ticking fabrics, try Robert Allen (robertallendesign.com).

An impressive sidekick with modern white lacquer and striking brass hardware.

Designer: Cynthia Collins, Collins Interiors, Dallas; I love the color she used – Homestead Blue – with the gold hardware! I love the color she used - Homestead Blue - with the gold hardware! resize=680,452&ssl=1" data-recalc-dims="1"I brought it home, put it in our garage and that’s where it sat for almost a whole year. Great and easy tutorial for painting old furniture using Fusion Mineral Paint. fit=680,452&ssl=1" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2204" src="https://i2com/ resize=680,452&ssl=1" alt="Great and easy tutorial for painting old furniture using Fusion Mineral Paint. resize=300,199&ssl=1 300w" sizes="(max-width: 680px) 100vw, 680px" data-jpibfi-post-excerpt="" data-jpibfi-post-url="https:// data-jpibfi-post-title="The Easiest Way to Update Old Furniture" data-jpibfi-src="https://i2com/I love the color she used – Homestead Blue – with the gold hardware! I love the color she used - Homestead Blue - with the gold hardware! resize=680,452&ssl=1" data-recalc-dims="1"When I first bought the cabinet, I really had no idea where to start.Great and easy tutorial for painting old furniture using Fusion Mineral Paint. fit=453,906&ssl=1" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2234" src="https://i1com/ resize=453,906&ssl=1" alt="Great and easy tutorial for painting old furniture using Fusion Mineral Paint. resize=150,300&ssl=1 150w" sizes="(max-width: 453px) 100vw, 453px" data-jpibfi-post-excerpt="" data-jpibfi-post-url="https:// data-jpibfi-post-title="The Easiest Way to Update Old Furniture" data-jpibfi-src="https://i1com/I love the color she used – Homestead Blue – with the gold hardware! I love the color she used - Homestead Blue - with the gold hardware! resize=453,906&ssl=1" data-recalc-dims="1" Last year when I spotted this cabinet at a flea market sale for only , I decided that it was going to be my first old furniture DIY project! Great and easy tutorial for painting old furniture using Fusion Mineral Paint. fit=680,452&ssl=1" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2202" src="https://i0com/ resize=680,452&ssl=1" alt="Great and easy tutorial for painting old furniture using Fusion Mineral Paint. resize=300,199&ssl=1 300w" sizes="(max-width: 680px) 100vw, 680px" data-jpibfi-post-excerpt="" data-jpibfi-post-url="https:// data-jpibfi-post-title="The Easiest Way to Update Old Furniture" data-jpibfi-src="https://i0com/Stylish seats updated with tailored gray leather and nail-head trim. Chair leather: For a similar look, try Milano in Platinum (9250/15) by Holly Hunt Leather (hollyhunt.com); 212/755-6555.