Redesigning Old Furniture: 4 Steps for Any Project

July 19, 2017


Have you always wanted to redesign an old piece of furniture? Do you feel like you are finally ready to tackle the project but don't know where to start? Choosing a type of paint, finish, and even colors can be daunting. Every piece will be different and require different steps, but it's much easier to start with the perfect plan.



 Step 1: Identify Your Style 


What do you like? Seems like a simple question, but honestly it's not an easy answer most of the time. I have learned that not only does your style/taste change and evolve over time, but it's something that could take a while to identify.


When I first married my honey our style was what I call Motley Crue. Between his love for dark, oversized couches and electronics, and my love for a little bit of everything, combined with the enviable hand-me-down furniture, we found ourselves:


  1. Not truly knowing what our style was, and

  2. Not knowing how to pick the best of both, and join them together to come up with something we both lived and were proud to show off.


Here's a list of general decor/design styles. Of course there are so many the list could go on and on but these are some of the top trends:


  • TraditionalClassic styling incorporates elements from a variety of centuries. Mostly formal but with a comfortable feel.


  • Coastal - Just what is sounds like; "beach inspired" and known by it's use of soft aquatic colors and jute. Also referred to as Nautical or Cottage.


  • Farmhouse - A modern approach to a country style, rooted in French Provence. Known for its use of whites and neutrals, shiplap, raw woods, and exposed beams, this style is so popular for a casual look and easy in mixing with other styles such as modern, industrial, bohemian, Scandinavian.


  • French Country - European elegance meets rustic country and old-world character to achieve the graceful and inviting style of country French decorating.


  • Mid-Century Modern - Specific to the mid-20th century, this style is simple clean and sophisticated. It's known by its refined lines and minimalist design.


  • Industrial - A reflection of the turn of the century industrial era this style is known for its use of metal (steel and iron), natural distressed woods, and exposed brick.


  • Bohemian - Rich in color, patterns, and textures and know for it's Moroccan, Southwest, and tribal influence.


  • Modern - The new contemporary. Know by its minimal sleek design using a mix of polished metals and stone and known for clean lines.



Step 2: Find Examples of Furniture You Love


Look for pieces and rooms that fit your style. Of course it will be much easier if you know how to classify your style (above). They don’t have to be make-over examples, but should be examples of how you would love this piece to look after you are finished redesigning it.


Where to look: