Whether you’ve found at excellent old piece at a thrift shop or your favorite chair is looking a trifle worn, you can breathe new life into your furniture without breaking the bank. Here are some tips for reworking old furniture instead of tossing it out.
Give It a Coat of Paint
For wood, wicker and plastic, a quick coat of paint can take furniture from drab to fab. While of course you don’t want to slap paint on quality antiques, mass-produced furniture can be spruced up with paint. Make sure to sand and prepare the surface so that the paint will stick properly, and be aware that painting wicker is easiest with spray paint.
Reupholster the Piece
Stained or worn upholstery can make furniture look ratty, but some new fabric can make all the difference. You can browse upholstery fabric stores to score discounts on discontinued fabrics, or you can even cut upholstery from discarded furniture and reuse it.
Have It Professionally Serviced
Sometimes, a professional can restore your furniture to its showroom luster. This is especially true for more advanced restorations such as re-caning seats on chairs, stripping and refinishing wood or reinforcing loose joins. If your furniture is made well and you’d rather not toss it on the junk pile just yet, a professional can add decades of life to an old piece.
Furniture doesn’t necessarily have a finite lifespan. With careful restoration or DIY methods, you can extend the useful life of your pieces without needing to replace them.