Give your furniture new life

 

The vintage and industrial wave is taking today's home decor market by storm.

 
What makes this trend even more interesting is that it encourages us to recover old pieces, helping reduce waste in an industry where "out with the old, in with the new" is the motto. In short, our basements and garage sales are full of treasures — just open your eyes!
 
When remodeling a bathroom for friends, they had some budget concerns at first. With this in mind, they turned an old dresser they already had into a vanity. With the help of a contractor, only a few alterations, plus a sink and faucet, were necessary. The result is magnificent! It was a hold house, so recovering this furniture, which the owners had embellished with an old wooden mirror, was the right way to go. This transformation was not complicated to do, plus the money they saved made it worth the effort.
 
Once, during a move, I found old wooden chairs — beautiful and, above all, in good shape — left by the previous owner. All they needed were upholstered seats to be more comfortable. I just picked up outdoor cushions a big box store that fit the seat dimensions. And that was it! I now have two new chairs for my terrace that go perfectly with my decor.
If you want to give new life to an old piece of furniture, when wooden made, you can also strip and re-stain it. Alternatively, you can cover it with a coat of chalk paint and sand it, adding a charming, quaint touch. That's how you make furniture look new again!
 
So, before you do any renovation, remember that recovering old items has many advantages. On top of producing an incredible result, you'll also be doing something good for the environment.


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Photo credit Jessica Rivière Gomez
 
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University of Montreal graduate in interior design (2004), Jessica Rivière Gomez is passionate of both interior design and architecture.

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