Is your favourite sofa starting to show its age? Have you replaced your bookshelf and don’t know what to do with the old one? Breathing new life into old furniture might seem difficult, but it’s actually surprisingly simple.
From stencil paint jobs to repurposed bookshelves, we’ve thought up seven ideas to help you get more from your furniture. If you want to revitalise and refresh some of your old furniture, read on for some serious inspiration.
ADD STICKERS OR SPRAY PAINT IT USING A STENCIL
Is your old table, bookshelf or cabinet in need of a new paint job? Instead of going with the typical solid colour paint scheme, use a stencil and spray paint to give it a unique, memorable look.
Street artists like Above and Banksy have made stencil art one of the 21st century’s top visual trends. With some simple card stencils (click here to learn how to make your own) you can give your old wooden furniture an awesome makeover.
If your furniture is covered with a plastic or wooden veneer, you’ll need to wear it down with some sandpaper before you start painting. Cover your work area using newspaper and masking tape to make sure you only paint where you want to.
GIVE IT A REFRESHING, EYE-CATCHING NEW PAINT JOB
Stencils look great on simple cabinets, tables and even speaker boxes, but they’re not always suitable for high quality furniture. If you have a bookshelf, table or any other furniture that needs a facelift, consider giving it a new paint job. Wooden furniture is surprisingly easy to paint, especially if you’re prepared it in advance. Remove any handles, knobs and other non-wooden items before you get started to make painting as simple as possible.
Painting your furniture is also a great opportunity to fill in scratches, dents, scuffs and other imperfections with wood filler. Once you’ve finished painting, it will be impossible to notice the filled-in sections of the furniture beneath the paint.
SWITCH IT UP, TURN IT OVER AND REPURPOSE IT
Who says your bookshelf needs to be a bookshelf? Turn it on its side to convert it into an ultra-functional entertainment unit suitable for your LCD TV, PlayStation, DVD collection and more.
Need a new bedside table? Shorten the legs on your old kitchen stool and make it a stylish table. Sand and paint your old kitchen cupboards and repurpose them to use as closet storage compartments.
From dining room tables to entertainment units, almost every item in your home is recyclable as new furniture. Think outside the box and work out how you can turn old tables, bookshelves, stools and more into creative, minimalistic furniture.
CUSTOMISE THE LEGS, HANDLES AND OTHER ACCESSORIES
Want to give your old chest of drawers a unique, stylish look? Remove the standard knobs and handles and replace them with a new set. From brushed metal to silver, a new set of fittings can breathe new life into old wooden furniture.
Customising your furniture’s fittings isn’t limited to wooden furniture. Restyle your old sofa or armchair by replacing the trim with a new fabric, switching old buttons for a new style or sewing on contrasting patches.
When you start thinking of your furniture as an artistic canvas, finding new ways to add style and life to it becomes simple. Brass knobs, cream buttons and other simple but stylish furniture fittings cost very little and can make a huge visual difference.
COVER IT WITH A STYLISH AND INTERESTING SLIPCOVER
Is your sofa’s upholstery starting to show its age? Reupholstering your sofa is one of the best ways to breathe new life into it, but doing so can be time consuming (if you do it yourself) and expensive.
A great way to instantly restyle your sofa is by covering it with a slipcover. A huge range of washable slipcovers are available for armchairs and sofas of all sizes that add solid colour, timeless patterns and more to your living room.
Mix and match different slipcovers for the ultimate indie-style living environment, or stick with a classic cream or black slipcover to give your living room an elegant, stylish and classic look.
REUPHOLSTER IT FOR A FRESH LOOK AND MORE COMFORT
Fabric furniture is easy to refresh and repurpose. Reupholstering your armchair or sofa lets you update and refresh its look from dated and aged to modern, interesting and undeniably stylish.
Not only does reupholstering your furniture update its style – when done right, it’s also a great way to replace sagging seats and worn springs with newer, much more comfortable replacements.
Never reupholstered a chair or sofa before? Don’t worry – it’s surprisingly easy to replace your furniture’s upholstery and breathe new life into it. If you’re short on time, it’s also easy to find a local upholstery shop to refresh your sofa for you.
USE LACE AND SPRAY PAINT TO GIVE IT A UNIQUE LOOK
Don’t have time to design and cut out a stencil? If you’d like to refresh your wooden furniture without spending hours designing and carefully cutting a stencil, try using a lace curtain to paint it with an eye-catching pattern.
Elise Randals from Creativity in DIY found a pair of white dining chairs outside her neighbour’s house waiting to be disposed of. She brought them inside, cleaned them and gave them an incredible new paisley-style paint job.
Lace and other semi-transparent fabrics are great accessories to use when painting old chairs, dressers and other wooden furniture. Make sure the surface is clean and dust-free before you start spraying to ensure the paint sticks and dries properly.
COULD ANY OF YOUR OLD FURNITURE BE REFRESHED AND REPURPOSED?
Have you recently replaced an old table, bookshelf, sofa or armchair? It’s tempting to throw away old furniture after it’s been replaced, but doing so also disposes of a great opportunity to be creative and artistic.
From repurposing your old bookshelf as a convenient entertainment unit to turning an old, worn down chest of drawers into a stencil spray paint canvas, how could you turn you old furniture into a creative work of household art?