Quality furniture is meant to last a long while. That trendy piece you purchased a decade ago may be in solid shape but still be desperately in need of an update to match your current decor tastes. These helpful hints can help you renew your furniture and decor to create a home that's uniquely yours.
Revitalize with Something New
Add stylish new end tables, a distinctive love seat, or a harmonizing rug to give new life to your existing furniture. What may seem drab can take on new energy with the fresh additions to a room.
Repaint worn tables, dressers, and cabinet doors with dry erase or chalkboard paint to bring a little whimsy to a piece. Great for kids rooms, kitchens, or even living spaces with a sense of adventure.
Don't be afraid to play with color when refinishing aged furniture. Old metal chairs can find a home even in the dining room with fresh coats of vibrant spray paint and new cushions. Aging accent pieces like side tables and small shelves can get an ombre makeover (it's not just for hair!) with a sponge brush and a little effort.
Start From Scratch
If you can't reuse existing furniture for an idea you've fallen in love with and your hunts for the perfect low-priced vintage upcycle piece is failing you, consider buying unfinished furniture new. You'll save over pre-finished pieces and you get the added benefit of making it uniquely yours. A vertically striped armoire may not be a hot-ticket item on the sales floor, but it could be the perfect accent to bring your living room together.
Create a Backdrop
Bookshelves and cabinets can both make use of laminating paper or wallpaper to create dramatic backdrops on their otherwise overlooked backs. You can play with dramatic patterns and strong colors here because they'll be partially concealed and not overpowering. This is a great way to add a ton of personality to a room.
For worn out chairs and sectionals, replacing or repainting the upholstery can be just the ticket to getting new life from a loved piece. There are a lot of great fabric paints you can use if you just want to update the look with a new color or pattern, but if the material is worn or frayed, replacing is the way to go. Pro tip: Photograph the deconstruction so you can remember how to put it all back together again, remove the fabric without cutting it into pieces if possible so you can use it as a pattern for the new upholstery, and don't be afraid to hire a pro if you have concerns about structural damage.
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