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13+ Gray Furniture Makeovers + Paint Colors

Check out 13+ Gray Furniture Makeovers, with paint colors included, to inspire you to refinish an old piece. Choose a gray to refresh old furniture.

Since we are moving — but have not yet sold our home — I’ve been working on projects that we can “take with us.” Projects that aren’t part of the architecture of the home, such as crafts and furniture makeovers. Some of you might be in a similar position. Is your house for sale? Are you renting? No time or budget for renovations?

If so, re-doing a piece of furniture is a great project. It’s affordable, practical, and can still make a pretty big impact in a space.

13 Gray Furniture Makeovers, Gray Paint Colors by @CraftivityD


Similar to the new Exterior Colors Series, I’ll also be featuring that same monthly color on furniture. Wintery, gloomy, days call for an array of gray shades that could be used to freshen up old furniture. For each example, I’ve included the name of the paint color — but click through to the original post for paint brands, finishes, glazes, and protective coats.

Light Gray Furniture Makeovers

If you like the look of white furniture, but want a color with a bit more depth {or that is less likely to show dirt}, go with a light gray. It’s a very versatile neutral color, and a great choice to lighten up a room that is filled with dark wood furniture.

Kitchen cabinets in an airy but warm beige-gray.

Craftivity Designs | Mindful Gray

A small side table in a solid gray.

Gray Furniture Makeovers, Gray Paint Colors by @CraftivityD

Evija with Love | Spitfire

A large hutch, painted and distressed with a mix of green-hued grays.

Gray Furniture Makeovers, Gray Paint Colors by @CraftivityD

My Life on Kaydeross Creek | Silverplate and Silver Like

A pedestal table, in a  mix of warm grays with a dark glaze.

Gray Furniture Makeovers, Gray Paint Colors by @CraftivityD

Creative Moments | Little Lamb and Ash

An ornate buffet with a gray wash to highlight the details of the piece.

Gray Furniture Makeovers with paint colors by @CraftivityD

Entri Ways | Graphite and White Mix

Mid-Tone Gray Furniture Makeovers

If you’re looking for a little more drama, but aren’t quite ready for a near-black look, choose a mid-tone gray. This shade of gray works especially well with light wood tones. Add a bit of distressing around the edges to reveal the warm wood underneath, perfectly complementing the cool gray.

A smoky gray is perfect for this tall, ornate, linen cabinet.

Gray Furniture Makeovers, Gray Paint Colors by @CraftivityD

That Sweet Tea Life | Pitch Black and Snow White Mix

Driftwood gray pairs well with the natural wood at the top of the dresser.

Gray Furniture Makeovers, Gray Paint Colors by @CraftivityD

Farmhouse Fresh Homestead | Driftwood

The original bronze hardware pops against a Cobblestone gray finish.

Gray Furniture Makeovers, Gray Paint Colors by @CraftivityD

Thirty-Eighth Street | Cobblestone

Distressing the edges of a painted piece adds character, highlights detail, and conceals natural wear and tear.

Gray Furniture Makeovers, Gray Paint Colors by @CraftivityD

Just the Woods | Slate

Add furniture legs and paint to turn an eyesore into a beauty {seriously, go see the before photo}.

Gray Furniture Makeovers with paint colors by @CraftivityD

Thirty-Eighth Street | Nocturnal and Vanilla Frosting Mix

Charcoal Gray Furniture Makeovers

Choose a nearly-black, charcoal, for the most dramatic look. Charcoal will pop against a light color wall, with a sophisticated and modern feel.

Paint a dresser in a deep charcoal; but leave the top unpainted and stained to a warm, deep, wood-tone.

Gray Furniture Makeovers, Gray Paint Colors by @CraftivityD

Southern Curated | Queenstown Gray

Take a simple dresser to modern style with Queenstown Gray and modern hardware.

Gray Furniture Makeovers, Gray Paint Colors by @CraftivityD

Thirty-Eighth Street | Queenstown Gray

If your style or color palette has changed, transform a bold cabinet to a classic Slate Gray.

Gray Furniture Makeovers, Gray Paint Colors by @CraftivityD

Wife in Progress Blog | Slate Gray

A black glaze over a charcoal paint highlights the details in this sophisticated piece.

Gray Furniture Makeovers, Gray Paint Colors by @CraftivityD

Roots and Wings Furniture | Queenstown Gray

I don’t consider myself a furniture makeover expert, but I have painted a few pieces {like a vanitynightstand and this small dresser}. On my to-do list are several furniture makeovers of pieces we currently own. Each piece was either a hand-me-down or from a thrift shop.

I’ve recently met a group of talented ladies {those featured in this post!} and have been so impressed with their refinishing skills. If you’re impressed, too, spend time searching their blogs. Most of these ladies have made over many pieces — which means tons of inspiration and tips for you and me!

Do you have a furniture piece that would look lovely in a gray makeover? Which gray would you choose?

13 Gray Furniture Makeovers, Gray Paint Colors by @CraftivityD

Kelly @ North Country Nest

Wednesday 15th of February 2017

I love this roundup - so many wonderful ideas! And I think I am behind on the news, but congratulations on the move. I can only imagine how hard that is, especially as a DIY'er. But hello, an entirely new house to decorate with endless possibilities :) Best, Kelly

Wednesday 15th of February 2017

Well, don't feel too behind! It's been on the market for awhile.... just no buyers :( So, not big news at this point, haha!

Colette @ restyle it wright

Thursday 9th of February 2017

that has to be so frustrating being in limbo between houses! Especially for a DIYer! I love Peppercorn as a furniture paint color - a moody grey blue.

Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

Wednesday 8th of February 2017

This is a great roundup, Lora! I love the darker gray shades. Beautiful! XO! Vanessa

Wednesday 8th of February 2017

Thanks, Vanessa!

Chelsea @ The Johnsons Plus Dog

Monday 6th of February 2017

Love all of these!! Great round up. I think the large hutch is my favorite. I would have fun stylin' all those shelves!


Sunday 5th of February 2017

Gray is my favorite color haha so I'm loving all every single one of these pieces. I really like the mid-tone grays the best I think, not too light, but not too dark. So pretty, thanks for sharing!