Do you feel like your home looks like everyone else’s? Do you tell yourself that instead of luxurious pieces, you have furnished your home with attractive, affordable furniture that has been mass-produced and therefore relatively impersonal? Do you ever feel like redesigning your furniture? Because if you want to give your apartment a unique touch, you don’t have to go directly to a carpenter to have expensive individual parts made. All you have to do is improve your existing furniture yourself. With good ideas, a little imagination and know-how, you can make very pretty things. Moreover, there are good ideas for revamping a piece of furniture, even when it comes from the Swedish giant that everyone knows. Here are 6 simple ideas to implement to revamp a piece of furniture.
1 – Repaint your furniture
You can breathe new life into any piece of furniture by repainting it. Of course, you can choose a color approaching the one it originally had, a varnish will do just as well. But you have plenty of time to completely twist this piece of furniture by painting it a flashy color to make it extraordinary. With a little sanding, a brightly colored polish – or just your favorite color – and a paintbrush, you can repaint your furniture in no time. Depending on your taste, you can also use different colors and, for example, give the legs of a chair a different color than the seat. It’s up to you to follow your desires.
2 – Use a stencil
Whether you want to spice up an aging piece of furniture or give a unique touch to a piece of furniture you have just purchased, this is easily achieved with the help of stencils and paint. The stencils are endless. You can find one in the trade but you have the possibility of shaping one to measure by taking inspiration from what is done on the Web. Patterns, ornaments, letters, the choice is really very large.
3 – Change the knobs or handles of your furniture
Pretty handles immediately transform an old cupboard into an eye-catching piece of furniture. With pretty ceramic knobs, for example, you can give an old cupboard or chest of drawers a special chic in no time. You just have to unscrew the old one and screw the new one in place. There is a very wide range of furniture knobs and handles.
So you can choose from countless pretty buttons, whether stylish, cute or trashy: with a little research, you’re bound to find the buttons you like. Of course, don’t just rely on your enthusiasm. Ask yourself if the knobs you have chosen are suitable for the piece of furniture on which they are to be mounted.
4 – Cover your furniture with patterns
Are you a mosaic enthusiast? In this case, your possibilities are endless. A pretty mosaic highlights a piece of furniture. You just have to find the pattern! You can do the same with wallpaper. Even some slightly graphic wrapping paper could be used to revamp a piece of furniture. You just need to use the correct glue. Some even cover their furniture with aluminum foil. In any case, to ensure the longevity of the surface, coat a thin layer of transparent varnish.
5 – Give your furniture a vintage look
The vintage style is so trendy that some manufacturers are starting to offer new furniture that would look vintage. Better in this case to go directly to his grandmother’s attic to retrieve the furniture that we like. Or work on giving your furniture a vintage look. Car can easily implement the vintage look yourself, with a few great ideas. The Net is full of them. To name just one, you can simulate an old coat of paint with wax-based calcareous filler pastes. White tones and pastel colors in particular are very pretty. The wax seals the surface of the wood and makes it water repellent; a final surface treatment is no longer necessary. Liming is reserved for solid wood, which destroys veneered surfaces. You can use a stain to give new wood the appearance of age-related discoloration by reshaping it. The grain of the wood remains visible and is thus highlighted. In order for the paste to penetrate evenly into the surface of the wood, it must be untreated and free of grease. If this is not the case, we recommend that you sand the furniture first. The surface of the wood becomes rough due to the humidity of the paste, so it must be smoothed with fine sandpaper as soon as the paste is completely dry.
6 – Cover an old armchair with a new fabric
It’s not just cabinets and chests of drawers that shine brightly once revamped. This can also be the case with old armchairs or chairs, which with a little skill can be reupholstered. Got scissors, glue, furniture stapler, fabric? So get started! For example, you can re-upholster an armchair from the 1950s. You may reinforce the seat with more, thicker foam – if the original one is too hard. And it’s up to you to place the new fabric and you’re done!