10 Ways to Refashion Your Furniture

It’s Spring everyone and for most of us, it spells a blooming change. In the April issue of Influential Magazine, I wrote about ways to beautify your old furniture and give them a new lease on life! Read on…

Giving your outfits a little makeover is as easy as putting on a few accessories or donning a bolero or sweater and layer away! Giving your furniture and decor a makeover may not be as fast and easy to do but just spend a few hours and a little elbow grease can give that ho-hum, tired furniture a new lease on life. Whether it’s a piece you’ve had for a long time (Bachelor pad or college days ring a bell?) or it’s a yard sale find with good bones; here are ideas to restore, revamp and yes, refashion your furniture:

1.Paint It. It may sound like a no-brainer but changing the color of a furniture or decor piece can totally change the look and feel of it. How about painting a wooden piece antique white for a refreshing coastal or shabby chic feel? Or emerald green to exude hollywood glam?


2. Stenciling. From Moroccan to damask, geometric to floral….your options for stencils are endless. Stencil the whole piece or just a part of it and you’re in for giving that furniture a new statement. It can be as easy as putting a bird on it to add quirk to an otherwise boring piece.


3. Change the Hardware. Maybe you’re tired of the faux brass finish and want to go for the polished nickel look, then all you’ll need is a screwdriver to take out the old & bolt in the new fittings.


4. Lacquer. It’s not new news, the glossy, shiny, sparkling and gleaming is back again. The clear or colored wood finish that gives furniture that hard, durable shiny finish can transform a stale piece into a glamorous and sophisticated one.


5. Distressing or Aging. A new furniture can exude more character with distressing techniques. Aging a furniture is just like as it sounds, making it look older. Distressing and techniques can range from using chisels and a hammer to add cracks to the piece, a wire brush or other abrasives to create scratches or better yet antique finish paint and glazes are also available.


6. Gilding or Gilting. The decorative technique of gold leafing or coating a piece with material that simulates gold is alive and well in the 21st century. I am not suggesting to gild a whole table but how about just a portion of it’s legs for a dipped gold leaf look?


7. Use appliques or Overlays. Like three-dimensional ornaments, appliques or overlays comes in a wide array of designs as well. Fretwork panels are great for simple, modern furnishings while appliques such as escutcheons and rose swags will be amazing for a girl’s bedroom furniture for a French-inspired design.

8. Wallpaper. Yes, you are not reading it wrong. Wallpaper can also be installed in small pieces such as a dresser or nightstand. Choose furniture with clean lines, no curves or crevices for a polished look.

9. Stain. This may be the easiest way to update a furniture piece. It’s really as easy as 1-2-3. One, prepare the piece; Two, stain and Three, finish the surface.


10. Repurpose. Giving a piece a new function or a new purpose and moving it to a different part of the house is both clever and ingenious, all you have to do is tickle your creativity. A discarded butcher block kitchen island can be your new home office desk or a bar cart as your new night stand — wine bottles not included.

So, the next time you’re thinking of tossing that furniture piece; think again. A list of creative options are out there.

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