How To Make Your Old Furniture Look New

How To Make Your Old Furniture Look New
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    Time can wear at even your sturdiest, most durable pieces of furniture.

    If your prized possessions are covered in cracks, scratches, and faded paint, don't panic!


Instead, follow these few, simple tips on how to make your old furniture look new.

Reupholster Your Fabrics

If the fabric of your favorite, well-loved chair is filthy, splitting, or worn, it’s time to replace it. The cloth, not the chair! Reupholstering is a great way to breathe new life into old, worn-down fabrics. You can purchase new fabric for cheap at your local craft store or fabric warehouse.

There are a few different aspects to reupholstering—the welt, cushion fill, tufting—but, if you’re lucky, you can get away with just updating the cloth.

If your entire chair is worn out, it might be easier—and cheaper—to invest in a slipcover. You can place these over the existing fabric, covering any dirtiness or damage, and remove them for easy washing.

Refinish Your Wood

Sprucing up the old, faded paint on your wooden furniture isn’t as hard as it looks.

You’ll need a sander, sandpaper, and a fresh coat of new, shiny paint. When it comes to painting, you can brush by hand or use a spray paint gun.

Before you start, you’ll want to clean, clean, and clean some more. Make sure your surface is free of any dirt, oil, or grease.
Next, you’ll want to strip the first finish. Remove any varnish and old paint with your roughest sandpaper. After that, wipe any dust off the surface, and sand again.

It’s time to apply the stain, or, if you’d prefer, the color. If you don’t feel like using either, you can finish your furniture with special oil. It protects your wood, bring out rich, vibrant colors, and displays the shine of traditional finishes.

Once that’s done, apply a clear coat—and you’re done!


Give your furniture some stylish, modern qualities with easy-to-add accessories.

Toss pillows and throw blankets onto your couch, or drape your dining table in a simple but attractive table runner. These accessories will detract from your furniture’s cracks, splotches, and faded paint.

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You can add a nice, wooden trim to your furniture. It requires a little extra effort, so if you need help, follow this handy guide. It’s a fantastic way to update and detail your worn-down furniture.

If you’re looking for a more modern look, you can add metal trims, too!

Spruce up the Paint

Another tip on how to make your old furniture look new is to paint it.

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Is your old paint worn, cracked, and faded? Dislike the color of old table? Freshen everything up with a new coat of paint.

You can get cans of paint, brushes, and any other necessary supplies at your local hardware store. Pick out your favorite color, dress the floor in a protective tarp, and get painting! Before long, your furniture will look brand new.

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