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How to Give Old Furniture a Modern Makeover: 4 Steps to DIY

September 6, 2017


Everyone has at least one piece of furniture that’s old and has seen better days. And I am sure you have dreamt about replacing it. Maybe with a designer piece of your dreams, or a piece that has the functionality you desire without the bruises of a hard-lived life. 


And then, I can imagine, for some of your dreams turn into nightmares when you begin to think about the cost to do so — especially when we are talking about quality crafted, wood furniture. 


Undoubtedly, redesigning a piece — in most cases — is less expensive than replacing it. Plus, it’s way more fun! 


Of course, sources and websites like Pinterest are flooded with before and after’s, and the inspiration is endless — between the Internet and social media. But how do you actually do it?


Step 1: Decide What Needs to Change


Look at the elements of your piece and decide what’s dated. From time to time there are elements of a piece that show age, but not in a good way. Make a plan to change these elements and bring light to the more relevant design elements.                                                     

Here is a perfect example. The china cabinet has great lines, and it’s beautifully made from solid pine. But the wood rails and wine glass rack say DATED! 


Now with the the rails removed and the wine rack repaired, this piece is the perfect farmhouse piece.