Design Tip of the Week: Refurbishing Old Furniture

picture-34The start of the New Year is a great time to try something new. Along with local sourcing, visiting farmers markets, and “going green”; refurbishing old furniture is a promising trend that is both affordable and environmentally-friendly. If your home needs an accent piece or simply something new to bring in the year, sprucing up old furniture is a great way to reenergize your home.

Reuse or shop local

When looking for furniture to refurbish, the easiest thing to do is find a piece of furniture that you are currently not using. This piece may be hiding in your garage, in the attic, or simply hidden in a corner. If you do not have any hidden gems yourself, a great place to look are local markets or consignment stores. You never know what great accent pieces you may find.

Have a purpose

While refurbishing furniture is fun and entertaining, it is important to know what you would like to do with the finished piece. What room will it go in? Will it fit? Is it small enough to be an accent on top of a table, light enough to hang from a wall, or does it need to be a central piece of furniture? All of these questions and more are important to consider before working on a new piece.

Follow how-to guides

Rather than diving in head first, look for guides on refurbishing furniture online. One of the best websites for this is Pinterest, which provides photographs as examples which link to “how-to” guides. Even if you have completed similar projects before, looking at these tutorials can help prevent unnecessary mistakes- such as forgetting primer.

Use accent colors

One great element of refurbishing furniture is choosing the color palate. Consider the colors of the area you plan on placing the new piece and decide if you would like to use a similar palate or lively accent color. Many times, bright accent colors can add a new element and reenergize a room. However, be careful to pick an accent color that matches the current color scheme and achieves your desired feel for the room. Blues tend to be relaxing, yellows awakening, and red energizing.

Know your limits

Be careful on how much work you take on in the refurbishment process. Choosing an unstable base piece can mean more work than just painting is required. This may be exciting for some, but if this is your first time refurbishing furniture start simple. A good way to begin is to start small and work your way to bigger pieces if you fall in love with the process.

Refurbished pieces are environmentally friendly, entertaining to work on, and great conversation starters for guests. The new-year brings new opportunities to reenergize your home. Refurbishing furniture is a great place to start.