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.