05/15/2014 02:25 pm ET | Updated May 15, 2014

5 Incredible Old Furniture Makeovers That Started With A Simple Bucket Of Paint (PHOTOS)

We've all seen that item at a flea market, thrift store or yard sale that is good quality at a great price...but horrifically out-of-date. While most will just sigh and move on, never thinking of that '70s bureau again, a few great bloggers decided to grab a bucket of paint and take on the challenge of updating these "vintage" pieces. Check out the photos below, then click on the link to see the full how-to instructions.

  • A Coat Of Coral Gave This Nightstand New Life
    Sarah M. Dorsey
    Blogger and designer Sarah M. Dorsey rescued this nightstand for only $8 at a thrift store. However, the piece had its problems: Missing hardware and a bad previous paint job that left many imperfections. With a little sanding (O.K., some fabulous new pulls, too) she was able to create an adorable accent table. For the full tutorial, visit Sarah M. Dorsey Designs.
  • White Paint Rescues An Old Wooden Hutch
    The Creek Line House
    While blogger Courtenay Hartford of The Creek Line House appreciated the wood construction of this hutch (found at a neighbor's curb years ago), it was in such bad shape, she says it made the whole room "feel sad." You can't say that about the piece now. For the full tutorial (and exact paint colors), visit The Creek Line House.
  • A Card Catalog Gets A Sophisticated Makeover
    A Little Claireification
    This vintage card catalog owned by Claire from A Little Claireification has had a few lives since being rescued from a dumpster over 20 years ago. A white paint makeover was followed by a white paint-removal makeover (that was never fully finished). After properly getting rid of the old paint, Claire gave the catalog a gorgeous neutral new look. To see how she did it, visit A Little Claireification.
  • Midcentury Gets A Modern-Day Makeover
    Centsational Girl
    Kate Riley of Centsational Girl saw this fabulous midcentury chest at her local thrift store for only $20. (We're all jealous.) While the drawers were wood, the rest of the piece was a scratched laminate. So, instead of painting the whole thing, she focused on the "body" of the dresser and the pulls. The results are stunning. You can learn more about the makeover over at Centsational Girl.
  • A Dresser Redo Worthy Of Pinterest
    Image courtesy of Courtney Johnson
    Designer Courtney Johnson saw past the dreary facade of an old black bureau and thought of it as a bit of a canvas for a graphic pattern. This bold revamp should be in the front of your mind the next time you go to IKEA, the thrift store or a flea market. Check out the before over at Courtnac, then get inspired by the full makeover over at Design*Sponge.