Refurbish Old Furniture: Four Tips

Instead of incurring the expense of purchasing new furniture, refurbishing an old furniture piece may be a sound economical alternative. There are many ways in which to refurbish different types of old furniture to restore them to thei original luster.

Tip 1: Fixing an Old Wing-style Chair

Old furniture can regain some of its original beauty with a slipcover. A slipcover can be purchased at most any retail store and they come in a wide variety of colors and styles. They can be altered to fit your old chair and can transform a room easily and cheaply.

Tip 2: Different Ideas for a Lampshade

Lamps that have been in your home for years can be transformed by applying new trim to the shade or replacing the shade altogether. You can make a new lampshade using scrapbook paper and a decorative trim, which can be purchased at a craft store. You can also make a holiday theme shade to add a decorative element to the room.

Tip 3: Changing a Bookcase

Take an old 2-shelf bookcase and turn it into a comfortable bench to provide additional seating for your family. Simply add casters to the corners to make it easy to move around the room. Fill the inside with a padding made from foam cushion that has been wrapped with fabric. Tack or glue the padding in place, being sure to reinforce the shelf with a piece of stiff cardboard or 1/4 to 1/2-inch plywood that has been cut to size. If you like, you can stain and refinish the bookcase or paint it white.

Tip 4: Refinishing an Old Bureau

Acquiring an old dressing bureau at an antique store or from a relative is a way to bring a traditional style to your bedroom. Refurbishing old wooden furniture pieces like a bureau requires some hard work, time and attention to detail. Use sandpaper or a mild stain remover to take off any old finishes. Use a light grit sandpaper to prepare the bureau for refinishing. This will help eliminate any old blemishes in the wood; any holes or dents can be filled using wood putty and sanded smooth.

Apply a coat of any alcohol-based or opaque wood stain. The opaque stains give you a variety of colors to choose from so that you do not have to limit your options to standard browns. After applying the stain, allow it to dry before a second coat is put on. Use a polyurethane sealer to bring out the beauty of the wood and provide a protective coat.

These are a few of the ways in which you can bring life to old furniture pieces. With a few basic tools and skills, you can dramatically change the look and purpose of almost any furniture piece.