But if the furniture itself is in good condition, there is no reason why you should not persist with it. Looks are rather superficial and can always be fixed. In fact, there are many easy ways for you to achieve a new look in your house without actually buying much new stuff.
Following are some ideas to give your old furniture a new and striking appearance, while saving you money at the same time. Some of these ideas involve getting professional help while others are in the DIY mold (depending on your DIY capacity).
Repaint old furniture and give them new accessories
Fashion artists know the power of makeup and accessories to transform a plain Jane into a stunner. Do something similar with your furniture. Let it be your canvas for you to unleash your creativity on.
The most obvious candidates for a repaint are: kitchen cupboards, drawers, shelves, wooden tables and chairs, windows, and doors. Don’t stick to plain colors, though. Give an old cupboard stripes or some colorful freestyle art, anything that gives the piece a character. Give the drawers new handles. They will look as good as new.
Add a period knocker to your front door to instantly jazz up its look. On top of the repaint, give your doors Victorian-style handles. That should make heads turn.
Transform a simple wooden chair into something more
Fit its wooden back or sides with small shelves so that they can act as magazine or newspaper holders. You can do this yourself or get a professional to do it for you if DIY is not up your alley.
Similarly, if you have a slim wooden sofa, you can have shelves fitted underneath its seat to store books, papers, and other stationery.
If you must throw away an old wooden chair or table, take off a leg, repaint it, screw on some interesting multicolored hooks, and hang it on a wall to use as a coat rack.
Reupholster old sofas, chairs, and headboards
It’s far less expensive than buying new sets. If you are simply bored of the old colors or if they are looking increasingly out of place in your living room, give them a makeover. The biggest advantage of this is that you get to choose the color and pattern of your new upholstery as per the color scheme of the house. Get new pillowcases and curtains for a completely revamped look.
Dismantling old furniture
If you have a big chunky table that you don’t know what to do with, have it broken down and transformed it into smaller sitting options, round, rectangular, or square. Have these fitted with cushions in trendy designs and you can use them anywhere in your house.
For example, an out-of-favor table can be transformed into a cushioned stool like the following:
The above are just a few ideas for you to start looking at the old furniture in your house with new eyes. Don’t discard old stuff without first thinking if you can create something new out of it, which in many cases you absolutely can. Take to the Internet for creative ideas and have fun along the way!
Passionate about interior design, Chris Savage researches about energy efficient blind products. In his spare time he likes to design and develop WordPress websites, play golf, and hang out with his wife.