3 simple tricks to transform your used furniture

Be it to transform a charming second hand piece of furniture or to give a second life to the old desk that your grandma left you, don’t fret ! There are many ways to breathe new life into these beloved pieces that won't break the bank. 

In this article you will find 3 easy ways to rejuvenate your furniture without breaking the bank. 

Paint or stain

It is incredible what a few coats of paint or stain can do. Almost every surface can be resurfaced. Once the surface is prepared and the correct paint or stain for the job is in hand, nothing is impossible.

Our favorite ideas:

  • Paint/Stain only the legs of your piece to give it a more modern look.
  • Paint the piece with a vibrant colour to make it the focal point of your space.
  • Pain/Stain only the drawers.
  • Paint the table top a contact colour.
  • Have fun with the finishes. You could finish the seat of your chair with a gloss finish and the back and legs with a Matte finish.  

Change your furnishings’ accessories

By accessories we mean hardware, legs and mirrors that are part of the original piece. Sometimes, simply removing the embellishments can make all the difference.  

Our favorite ideas:

  • Change or paint the hardware of  your piece. You could even remove them completely.
  • Changing the legs of a table, a desk or an armoire can give it a completely new look.
  • Remove a frame, mouldings or an embellishment that can render a mirror too busy.
  • Change the fabric on your furniture for a motif that will complement your new decor.
  • Remove the superior piece of a kitchen hutch to create a smaller piece. 

Don’t be afraid to question the use of your furniture. Maybe it could be better put to use as something else ?  Maybe that old bureau would make a great piece for the TV or maybe the old three drawer dresser in the garage could be perfect  in the dining room. Be creative and keep an open mind ! 

Self-adhesive decals could be a perfect solution

Don't feel like painting; no problem. Self-adhesive vinyl decals are an easy and mess free solution for your decor transformation. This option is low cost, easy to install and the patterns and colours are limitless.

Our favorite ideas:

  • Apply decorative vinyl to the back wall of your shelving.
  • Change the surface of a desk or table.
  • Cover the front of dresser or desk drawers.
  • Apply a decorative frosted film to a mirror or to glass doors.

Every reason is a good reason to transform furniture that we already have. Not only is it good for the environment and your wallet but you will never have to wait weeks or even months for your new furniture.

For more inspiration, check out our Pinterest board.

Have fun !

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