Tricks that will make your old furniture shine with a new look

The DIY way of life has sadly fallen by the wayside. No longer do people take care of their things, they just want to buy the newest product without thinking about what they have. The DIY approach means making the most out of what you have, and working hard to get more worth out of it, to get the greatest results from what is at your disposal. This is where we come in.

antique dresser

This article is part of a hopefully growing movement to get back at or DIY roots. Learning to work with your hands, to not create excess waste, to not be part of the problems that envelop the world and force us to waste valuable resources – it all begins here, with a simple job of fixing up your old furniture.

Check out spray paints

One of the best and easiest ways you can revive your outdoor furniture is through using spray paint. First, find the type of spray paint used for the outdoor future. Then, get a drop cloth, rubber gloves, and the right painter’s mask.

Go outside to avoid dealing with fumes, and get to work on cleaning your furniture. Remove ruts, scuffs, any and all damage done to said furniture, and then let it simply dry up. When you are hard at work, wear rubber gloves, as well as a mask when you’re at work. Use more than one coat, but try to speed them evenly, and keep them light.

Get rid of old finishes

painted bed frame

Finishes on wood really make them shine, they really make them “pop”, so to say. The difference between a piece of future that has a nice, glossy finish, and one that is just “naked” is pretty clear. So it’s a shame when such a nice detail and addition to your future gets ruined. But, what’s done is done, and now it’s up to you to clean it all up. For this job, you will need chemical strippers (the faster and stronger they are, the more toxic they will be), safety goggles, a work apron, some steel wool, some scrapers, brushes, and very strong, chemical resistant gloves.

When you got everything ready, get the furniture you want to work on outside. If that’s not an option, keep it in a well-ventilated area, to keep all the fumes out. Now, once you put the paint stripper on furniture, you need to wait a bit. The finish should bubble up, and then, you should get a scarper, or the steel wool, and remove these layers of paint.

Reupholster your furniture

Reupholstering is not simple, but if done properly can be quite beneficial. Take photos, check out some online instructions or manuals, and get hard at work reupholstering your future. Just remember to keep the photos you took as examples, as an example of what your final results should be.

Now, sometimes you need to go with the professionals. So, if you want some upholstery done, call up your local shop. Maybe you can get actual professional carpet restoration going, or some other type of work underway. Specialists can mean a great deal. While they tend to be costly, after a certain point in time, the DIY system will just give you more grief, and poorer results. Collect your bearings, admit your losses, and move on.

Get some latex and oil paints in there

Now, these are two types of paints that can be very useful when it comes to fixing up old furniture. Namely, latex paints are water-soluble, making clean-up very easy, and very simple. In fact, all you have to do is dump your tools in a water bucket, and you are good to go.

Oil paints, however, let off fumes, fumes that can be dangerous if you are stuck indoors we suggest you work outdoors or keep the workspace you are in well ventilated.

The difference between these two is that oil pints give you richer, stronger colors, and better coverage.

So, once you got your paints ready, and once you decided which type to go with, you should work hard on painting. Remove all the drawers, put all the individual pieces on cloth and rags. We suggest you use painters tape to keep things a bit cleaner. Then, get a roller, perhaps as small one since those give you extra flexibility, and get to work.

Go with several coats, but do let the paint dry between them once you are done. Get some small paintbrushes to put some finishing touches, and that’s all she wrote.


And there you have it, folks. Whether you want to breathe new life into your old things because of being thrifty, caring about the environment, or simply saving some heirlooms that have been with your family for a long time, it doesn’t matter. What does matter, however, is that you get the most out of your things, and to preserve what should be valuable to you. So, get rid of those old cushions, strip those finishes, get some new paint, whitewash or “pickle” your stuff, and above, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty.

Top 5 Ways to Choose Your Contemporary Furniture


New generation homes need contemporary furniture to make them more attractive and stylish. To create an impressive look of a modernized house, proper living room accessories should be incorporated in the design to enhance the image of the room. There are many ways to select the best priced modern furniture. I am listing out some which you will find useful while purchasing modern furniture.

red sofa

1. The contemporary designs should match and suit the personality and taste of the individual. There is no need to purchase new expensive items in order to create an inspiring look. Even simple designs can create an attractive and modern living room. For example, lighting accessories like ornament lights and vanity strips enhances the décor of the room and you don’t need a large budget to buy them.

2. There is no need to accessorize and update modern living room design with expensive designer furniture. A design of modern living room can be created with less expensive modern home accessories. You can create a total image of modern world with the use of patterned, shiny and elegant accessories subdued in colors of black, gray and silver.

white sofa

3. Color magic should be incorporated in the designs of modern living room with appropriate color schemes like silver, black and white. Sticking to basic colors will reflect best contemporary look. It is better to paint modern living room using flat or matte paint finish and avoid shiny or glossy paint finish. Walls can be painted with white color and can be adorned with accessories like modern day murals or paintings to give a sophisticated flair to the room.

4. It is better to go abstract with patterned designs that bring a contemporary look to your home. Abstract designs can be used with paintings or clocks. Abstract designs convey various things when interpreted smartly. Purchasing furniture is a tedious and challenging task with a pre-planned décor and limited budget. With proper budgeting and planning it is easy to find a wide range of choices in the market at affordable prices. One has to enter a furniture store with a well designed and framed plan with a good amount of money to be spent on furniture. After fixing range and budget, the choices can be considerably narrowed down. Without this exercise, time spent in planning will not lead to any successful or fruitful purchase. Also with proper strategy, you can select furniture easily and can use the saved money for other purposes.

5. It is better to avoid unnecessary hassles while setting up new home or redoing the house.  As the requirements of furniture vary with every room of the house, it is difficult to afford all of them within the budget. New set up or redecoration has to be properly planned to make the work easier. Contemporary furniture stores compete with each other in selling modern, ethnic, ultra modern, exotic and vintage items. After deciding upon the décor, the type of furniture should be chosen.