We’re BIG proponents around here of rehabbing, reusing and breathing new life into old pieces, but have never really delved into HOW to do it properly. Sure, you’ve probably Googled “how to paint/refinish furniture” only to come out of the search more confused than ever—or maybe every refinishing project you’ve attempted has come out looking a little…weathered (raising my own hand here). If so, this post is for you.

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To help simplify the process, we tapped our friend Meg Piercy of MegMade, a furniture makeover and design business based in Chicago that we’ve been fans of for years, for her expert guidance. We figured someone who has made a successful brand out of refinishing and re-painting furniture would know what’s up, right? Read on for her expert tips and to see her in action as she tackles a piece from start to finish.

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Take it away, Meg.

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Hi, Meg Piercy here, founder and owner of MegMade. MegMade started about six years ago when we decided to paint our first son’s changing table after not being able to find an affordable version of what we wanted. We ended up loving the whole process, so we started painting and refinishing pieces for fun and selling them on Craigslist. That hobby, which we once operated out of our home, is now a full-on business with a large storefront in downtown Chicago. (To date, we’ve refinished thousands of pieces and have sold to nearly every state in the U.S.) We’re all about using paint, stain, hardware, and bases to breathe life back into tired furniture finds. Rather than letting these pieces’ stories end, we give them an updated one—and you can do the same.



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