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5 Ways To Update Old Furniture

Do you have an old chair, table, or bookcase with chipping or fading paint? Maybe there’s a dresser in your home with a worn-out surface and dull-looking hardware. The good news is that you don’t have to push it out the door. Consider these five ways to give an older piece of furniture a new lease on life.

  1. Paint It: Painting a piece of furniture is an incredibly creative way to give it new life. Choosing a color is one of the best parts of this project. Some popular colors for furniture in 2021 include pale green-gray, pale yellow, slate blue, and deep teal. Of course, if you like the current color of your dresser or table, you could always repaint it in a different shade of the same color. Consider chalk paint for your furniture. Chalk paint adheres well to wood and other material, and this type of paint also gives a piece of furniture a distressed look. If the weather is warm, set up your painting project outdoors so the breeze can help with the drying process.
  2. Stain It: Staining an old piece of furniture gives the wood a deep, rich color. Just imagine a wooden table with fading, uneven color, scratches, and even water marks on it. Then, picture the table stained in deep brown mahogany or attractive red oak. This process can make an older piece of furniture look like it just came off the showroom floor!
  3. Try a Natural Look: Maybe you want an old dresser or chair to look like it did before it was stained. Stripping a piece of furniture is time-consuming, but the beauty of its natural wood may be a very pleasant surprise. Think about doing this project beneath your carport so you get plenty of fresh air while using the stripping solution.
  4. Wax It: Applying white wax to a table, dresser, or chair gives it a white-washed or limed appearance. A bonus of this option is that the wax is easy to apply with a brush and doesn’t carry a harsh odor. If you want to highlight the natural wood of your table, cabinet, or other piece, use clear wax. White or clear wax serve as protection for the wood as well.
  5. Change the Hardware: This is one of the easiest ways to update a piece of furniture. Perhaps you have a dresser with tarnished copper handles on its drawers. If so, consider replacing them with pulls featuring a bridge handle design made in brushed nickel. If you want to stay with a gold or silver tone for your handles, switch the old ones out for an updated style done in the same tone. Another idea is to visit estate sales or antique stores in search of unique pulls or handles with some history behind them. Be sure the size of your new handles or pulls matches up with the attachment points of your drawers. You can do this by measuring the width between the holes or removing one old handle to compare with a new one.

Before you donate that old piece of furniture, consider giving it an updated look. You may find you want to keep it around for a long time to come. Thanks for reading. – Alan

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