Refresh Your Old Furniture With These Tips

Reinvigorate Your Furniture

As spring is coming, it’s time to freshen up your home and furnishings. If you’re on a budget, or aren’t ready to replace your furniture, there are ways to refresh and revitalize your furnishings with a few tips and tricks. No matter your budget, you can easily revitalize and refresh old furniture in unexpected easy ways. Keep reading so you can learn how to refinish furniture:


Your upholstered items may be a little worn and need some TLC. Many chairs and other furniture need new fabric and padding to get a fresh look. The best part about this option is that you can pick your own fabric and determine how much cushion you want your furniture to have. You have a lot of flexibility for your own design. You can make previously non-matching chairs suddenly complement each other. There are many DIY upholstery options that are great.

At times, simply changing the filling of your pillows does the trick. After a while, your couch pillows lose some of the spunk they had before. They can get flat and hard to your head, making them ugly and uncomfortable. In many of these cases, you can go to a local craft store to pick up some new filling. Unzip or open a seam in your pillow to remove the old and put in the new. Be sure to tear apart the poly fill inside the pillow to maximize the fluff. Note: These instructions are for pillows that sit on your couch, not the cushions you sit on. Those take a special kind of firm filling.

In addition to upholstery, consider updating the legs on your sofa or chairs. You can add a tapered leg for a modern elegant look, a round bun foot for traditional, or a winged Queen Anne foot. Each leg on your sofa or chair can add a subtle, yet elegant effect.

Wooden Chests and Tables

Wooden tables and chests can be refreshed with a nice refinish. There are many different ways to learn how to refinish wood furniture. A simple can of varnish can make even the most faded wood look brand new. If your wood has water marks or stains, a little mayonnaise can buff out the stains. Simply rub the mayonnaise into the wood and leave for about 30 minutes, and then wipe off. The oil from the mayonnaise will seep into the wood and cover the water marks. Once the stains have been buffed out, add your varnish and the chest will look new.

If varnish isn’t your thing, consider a coat of paint. Black paint can create an immediate air of elegance, while a bright color offers a whimsical feel. Painted furniture can instantly update and refresh your room. If neither varnish nor paint appeal to you, you can add a mirror finish. Cover your furniture with inexpensive acrylic mirror material, which can be cut in interesting shapes for a glamorous and high-end look.

New chest knobs can instantly change the look of your wooden chests. The available knob styles are infinite and varied. For instance, you can create a sense of elegance with a simple decorative knob. You can create a sense of Shabby Chic with glass or porcelain knobs. Throw some new knobs on your furniture today and completely change the look and style of them within minutes.

No matter your level of experience, you can refresh and reinvigorate your furnishings with a few easy DIY projects. The change is only limited by your imagination. There are a ton of things you can do to reinvent the furniture you already have. There are plenty of tools available to you to do it too. So next time you want to replace a piece of old furniture, try reinventing it instead. You could wind up with a new piece for a much cheaper price that you can love for years again.

We hope you have learned some great tips on how to refresh your old furniture. Thanks for reading!

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