DIY: Attic Finds Get a Makeover

Don't let your old furniture sit around gathering dust. Give it a second life with these easy updates from HGTV Magazine .
By: Rae McConville

Photo By: Aaron Graubart and Marko Metzinger

Photo By: Aaron Graubart and Kevin Sweeney

Photo By: Aaron Graubart and Marko Metzinger

Photo By: Aaron Graubart and Marko Metzinger

Photo By: Aaron Graubart and Chris Eckert

Photo By: Aaron Graubart and Marko Metzinger

Photo By: Aaron Graubart and Marko Metzinger

Grandma's Sewing Machine

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Paint: Pimp Violet by Montana Black; Tabletop: Lack 35 1/2"W x 22"D x 18"H white coffee table, $20, ikea.com

Old Rocking Chair

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Paint: Racer Pink by Ralph Lauren; Fabric: Springs Creative Zoey floral in navy, $5.50 per yard, walmart.com; (piping) Warsa linen in new turquoise, $10 per yard, graylinelinen.com

Inherited Trunk

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Paint: (light) Sprout and (dark) Solarette, both by Pratt & Lambert

Outgrown Crib

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Paint: Satin Pistachio by Krylon

First-Apartment Dining Table

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Paint: Pool Party by Glidden; Decal: Blik Fishwall 24" x 48" pattern wall tiles, $50 for a set of 2, whatisblik.com

In-Laws' Sofa

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Fabric: Premier Prints Jiri cotton fabric in jade, $7.50 per yard, fabric.com

Broken Record Player

Find the step-by-step instructions here. Paint: (exterior) Crystal Coral and (interior) Coral Passion, both by Valspar; Door panels: O’verlays decorative fretwork panels in Ruby pattern, from $14 per panel, myoverlays.com; Knobs: Liberty Hardware 1 1/4" round knobs in satin nickel, $3 each, homedepot.com

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