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There’s a reason why you chose your furniture; each item expresses your personality and makes your space feel like home. And while time, use and children can diminish the lustre of any object — through nicks, scratches, tears and wrinkles — there are quite a few ways to reclaim the furniture in your home.

A new paint job

It might sound obvious, but a fresh paint job can do wonders when updating an old piece of furniture. And there are many different items you can transform with just a little paint. If you paint the wood of a chair, including the seat, you could totally reinvent a piece.

Add a chair cushion

Bring extra comfort and style to an old chair with a new seat cushion. There are so many different designs and shapes out there, so you’re bound to find one that fits into your colour scheme (and even if it doesn’t, you can always give your furniture a paint job to better suit the cushion).

Update a chest of drawers with copper leaf

For a truly unique look, buy some copper leaf and use it to either completely cover a piece of furniture, or as an artistic accent. The shine will make it look more modern as well as complement whatever the previous colour was. And since you need to apply it by hand, it’ll look unlike anything you could ever find in stores.

Can you believe that this used to be an orange pine dresser, on short bulky legs? It got new minty green paint, copper leaf decor and new knobs, and interior lined with fun paper. The bottom was slightly trimmed and the legs were changed to long modern set. A few weeks ago I showed you a dark green version and now it’s time for it’s fresh bright sister 😊 Available for sale #lopogkjøp #fromtrashtotreasure #furniture #funfurniture #paintedfurniture #chestofdrawers #retrokommode #trondheim #Aleksandrasfurniture #furumøbler #sale #furukommode #oppusing #møbler #salg #beforeandafter #beforeandafterfurniture #makeover #diy #selges #komoda #kommode #dresser #painteddresser #mintgreen #mintfurniture

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Line drawers with wallpaper

Putting a bold pattern inside your drawers will make your furniture much more lively in a subtle way. It’s super easy to do, and depending on the pattern you choose, it can even give them a vintage look.

Restore natural wood colour with beeswax or coconut oil

Instead of using a stain, just restore your wood’s colour naturally. Coconut oil, beeswax or a mixture of the two can restore the moisture within wood, making it look as rich as it used to be. You can buy wood butters, but it’s just as easy (and cheaper) to do it yourself with the wax or oil, and you’ll get the same results.

Sand down an old table

Sanding down a well-worn table can either give it new life or just give you a clean slate on which to paint, varnish or stain. This is one inexpensive way to get rid of any superficial blemishes acquired over the years.

Reupholster old seating

Reupholstering your chairs and couches is by far the best way to give them a complete makeover — often, they’ll look brand new. Mixing up the different kinds of fabrics used on a chair is a great way to make it look more contemporary, too. Click through to the last picture to see what the chair looked like before it was reupholstered.

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Use a walnut to darken scratches in wood

This is one of the most bizarre furniture fixes out there, but it works! Just rub a walnut (out of the shell, of course) over any little scratches in your floors or wooden furniture and watch as the scratches darken and instantly become less visible. It’s not a forever fix, but as far as convenience and efficiency goes, it can’t be beat.

Get some new drawer handles or knobs

It’s amazing how much of a difference replacing old drawer handles can make. A new set of knobs can make a boring wardrobe seem more classy or bold (whatever suits your space), and all you’ve got to do is screw them in.

Patch up couch tears with lace

Your couch is probably the most used piece of furniture in your living room, which means you can expect some wear and tear. But a little rip is no reason to toss the whole thing, especially when it’s so easy to patch it up with a little sewing. Patches can be eclectic or elegant, like this lace one.

Nifty fix it trick ! #furniturefix #lacewin #prettychic

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Use an old window to make a shadowbox

Whether it’s hanging on the wall or doubling as a coffee table, a shadowbox is the perfect way to use an old window to showcase your favorite decorative items. Next time you get your windows replaced or you’re about to scrap a cabinet with clear doors, think about using it as a display piece instead.

Turn unsalvageable chairs into planters

If you’ve got some chairs that are beyond salvation, or that you just don’t see fitting into your home even with a makeover, you can take them outside. Pop out the seat, give it a quick paint job, and toss in some flowers. Just make sure your guests don’t accidentally try to sit on it.

When in doubt, turn it into a coat rack

This used to be the base for a cot, but when hung on a wall, it makes for a multipurpose hanger. Everyone has that one junky item they don’t know what to do with, and this is a creative solution to make it useful again. You could also tie some old beams together and stand them up by the door for a rustic look — the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

Ny tingest på væggen 😳😄 #diyfurniture #gammelseng #jannesidé #jegbyggerbare #diy #garderobe

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