You’re likely reading this article because you’ve got some old furniture in your home and you don’t know what to do with it. Thoughts of selling it, donating it, or taking it down to the tip have undoubtedly crossed your mind, and you don’t know which choice is best for you.
But what if there were some other things you can do with old furniture? Did you know there’s a tonne of options that you can choose to help you breathe new life into old furniture? Especially items that may hold some sentimental value? Take a look at these five examples:
1. French Polishing
Have you got a dining room table and matching set of chairs that are well past their best? You may think it’s all probably ready for the scrapheap, but one way to revamp them is by having them restored with French polish restoration.
French polishing can give wood furniture like dining room tables and chairs a new lease of life and help get rid of scratches and swirl marks.
Do you have an old sofa that feels quite sunken and where you have to hide the cushions with a throw to disguise the embarrassing fabric underneath? If the answer’s yes, don’t spend hundreds on a new replacement sofa.
Instead, get your existing one reupholstered. The cushions can have replacement foam, and the base could get new springs to add extra support. It’ll be just like a brand new sofa except you’ve only paid a fraction of the price for it!
You may have some wooden furniture but feel that French polishing isn’t a worthy investment (or maybe it’s too far ‘gone’ to have such a treatment). In such cases, you could revamp your furniture by painting it.
Greys and whites are ideal if you’d like to create a contemporary look for your item. Or, you may prefer to opt for bright, vibrant colours if you’re going for the retro look.
Just because a piece of furniture got created for a sole purpose doesn’t mean you can’t repurpose it for use as something else! For example, you could convert an old cot or crib into a chic storage bookcase with a piece of glass on top of the structure.
You could even repurpose old rattan boxes into garden planters or turn an old bathtub into a couch tub!
5. Epoxy Resin Restoration
You might look at a piece of badly-damaged furniture and decide that it’s only fit for the skip or for chopping up into small pieces for your living room log burner. But that doesn’t mean you can’t repair the item and turn it back into a useful piece of furniture.
Badly-damaged sections may need complete replacement with new wood. However, for most repairs, you could use epoxy resin to fill in any voids. It might seem like a strange concept, but furniture repaired with epoxy resin looks cool and makes a statement!