We all have at least one in our homes: the furniture that we hate, but just don’t have the desire, time or budget to replace. Instead of spending money on something new or doing a drastic furniture makeover, there are lots of simple ways that can be used together or alone to make those old, tired pieces into showstoppers. These are all relatively simple, one evening projects that can transform the look of one thing, a whole room or even your whole house.
1. Choose new hardware
New drawer pulls can completely refresh the look of old furniture, or give it a new look all together. These can be purchased at your local hardware or craft store in a variety of finishes. The right hardware can turn a piece of furniture from outdated to stylish, and there are fixtures to suit any design dream.
2. Add a trim
One way to quickly transform an old piece of furniture is to buy a nail-head trim kit, which are relatively cheap and easy to install, to add a sophisticated flair around the base of a chair, around the top and bottom of a dresser and more. More decorative elements can also be used as trim, such as a line of seashells for a nautical theme, or ribbon for a softer look.
3. Use fabric
Adding fabric to furniture is one of the easiest ways to instantly refresh a tired piece. Lining the drawers of an old dresser is a way to make it feel new every time you open them. A simple way to transform an old bookshelf is to use fabric glue to attach fabric to the back panel. You can also use fabric to line dingy glass doors, inside panels of furniture to make them stand out or to block the view into open shelving. Complementary colors on fabric is a great way to make something that’s a bit mismatched fit with your color scheme.
4. Paint on accents
A stylish trend in furniture is to have a painted design on the face. Thankfully, this does not mean that you have to paint the entire piece to make it look nice. A single word painted over the face of an old piece can suddenly make it look stylish. Imagine things like “Mr. and Mrs. Johnson” on the drawers of two old nightstands or “Mail” written in block letters on the top of the little table that you keep by the door, and let your imagination run wild. Another fun idea is to use a quote that you love, and paint it on to the front of an old piece. You can also add numbers for an industrial look, use paint and stencils to create any design you like. Not only will the furniture look like new, but it will become a conversation piece.
5. Make it distressed
This is for those pieces of furniture that have lots of dings and peeling paint. Instead of fighting the course of nature, why not help it along and get an antique look in the process? The popular distressed style of furniture is easily achieved with some time and sandpaper, and will work on most furniture that has been painted. All you have to do go over the paint with sandpaper until it looks like it was meant to be that way, concentrating mostly on the edges to give it a more natural look. Following some of the other tips of new pulls and painting words can help make sure the piece looks like it is intentionally distressed, and not just really old.