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Reduce, Reuse Recycle: Give Your Furniture a Makeover

Salem Renter Painting a Dresser Drawer TurquoiseIf your old furniture has become ugly, you may be tempted to replace it. However, why not repurpose it as another option? With a few simple materials, creativity, and elbow grease, you can change ugly or dated furniture into fresh, restored items you’ll adore. There are various easy strategies to give practically any piece of furniture in your home a total makeover! Below are some of our greatest recommendations for repurposing and updating old furniture.

Dress(er) it Up

That outdated dusty dresser may not be your favorite piece of furniture in the bedroom. So why not repurpose it as a credenza or TV stand instead? Draw out all of the drawers, sand, and repaint – inside and out. Utilize any paint color you want – don’t be afraid to go bold with a crisp white, cheerful red, or deep blue. You could remove the lower drawers and exchange them with appealing baskets to make a stunning accent table. Otherwise, remove all the drawers to make a TV stand with open storage.

Add Life to a Tired Table

Coffee tables, side tables, and kitchen tables may eventually look beat-up and unclean. However, tables are one of the best pieces of furniture to makeover. One of the fastest methods to give your old table a new lease of life is to paint it a new vibrant color. But if painting by itself isn’t what you had in mind, why not turn that unpleasant table into an upholstered bench or settee? You can easily build more seating from a coffee table or side table with fabric and cotton fill. You have to select one that is solid wood though. Why not install a new surface on top of the old one for kitchen tables? Some lovely stenciling, some contact paper, or a glass top might all give new life and elegance to a worn old table.

Upgraded Chairs

Apart from your table, your dining chairs could benefit from a makeover, as well. If you have excellent quality wood chairs, you can easily sand and repaint them whatever color you desire for an entirely new design. And don’t be afraid about matching the table exactly; a table and chairs in contrasting or complementary colors can be an excellent addition to any kitchen or dining room.

A New Twist on Shelving

Keep in mind those drawers you pulled from your dresser makeover. You can transform them into hanging shelves for a charming, rustic look. Dresser drawers can be lined with beautiful contact paper, then hung against a wall and filled with your favorite knickknacks. If your drawers have antique hardware attached, even better! Begin hanging several drawers together with the hardware facing in many directions.

Reface and Replace

For cabinets of all classes, one option to transform a plain appearance is to add new doors. Removing the doors on a cabinet is extremely easy. Then, sand and repaint the entire piece. You can buy doors pre-made from numerous hardware stores or add new features to the old ones. One more creative idea is to replace part of the cabinet door with glass. There are multiple inventive options – what you do with that cabinet is absolutely up to you!

Upgraded Garden Seating

Please note that your outside furniture might need a makeover, as well! If you’ve got good quality patio furniture that’s just ugly, all you have to do is sand and paint the pieces and then add new cushions. That quickly, your patio set will look brand new! As another option, turn an old headboard into a charming garden bench! You may not want to utilize that old bed any longer, but if you take the headboard, add a seating box, and then paint the whole thing in your favorite color, you’ve created a pretty new place to rest and enjoy the outdoors.

Apart from updating your furniture, are you wanting to switch to a new Salem rental home as well? Contact Real Property Management Colonial or check our listings online today!

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