Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Easy DIY makeovers to spruce up old furniture

What we bought 10 years ago, may it be furniture or clothes, no matter how chic and on trend they were when we bought them, will undoubtedly show their age and eventually become passé. The saying, “Out with the old, in with the new” is not a dictate that should necessarily be followed especially when it comes to updating your home. Allowing us some sentimentality, the new approach of restoration and refurbishing old furniture seems to be a gentler means to preserve well-loved pieces of our home. 

Give your furniture a clean, modern makeover with these simple DIY tricks.

1. Doors and knobs – Instantly upgrade cabinets and doors by replacing tarnished handles with new modern knobs.  

2. Reupholster chairs – Chairs with removable seats allow room for a lot of creativity. Reupholster seats with quirky patterns and luxurious textures for an appropriate upgrade. 

3. Repaint - Nothing says “brand new” than a fresh wash of new paint. Update to a neutral palette of white, grays or blues for something modern and chic. Or for a more bohemian, choose colors that are more bold and eclectic.  

4. Wood work – For weathered down wood work, give it a new shine with a coat of varnish. Don’t forget to sand down surfaces for a finer, sleeker look.

5. Distress - Instead of giving a wooden piece new shine with varnish, why not distress the paint? This creates that great vintage, antique look. One easy trick to create that effect is to sand down first the piece. Then apply Vaseline on areas where you wouldn’t like the paint to adhere. Paint the entire piece with the color of your choice. No need to be pristine in the painting as some of the original wood peek should peek through. Then, once the paint dries, take a steel wool and lightly rub across the surface to remove some of the paint. Continue until you achieve that perfect, distressed look.  


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