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From Old to New: The Best Ways to Refresh Wood Furniture

One of the most effective ways to be sustainable in the design world is to reuse what your home already has. Here are a few different ways you can transform your existing furniture into something seemingly brand new.


Sometimes, wood furniture may appear older or more worn than it actually is. There are several remedies to liven up old furniture, the first is by simply cleaning it with the right cleaning spray. This is an easy way to bring wood furniture back to life while preparing it for new oil. There are some cases when a new layer of refinishing oil is enough to brighten up the natural stain of your desired pieces. For furniture pieces that require a bit more TLC, consider hiring a handyman or carpenter who can strip back old varnish and polish, as well as sand away cracks, dents, chips. We always recommend finding the right professional when restoring antique or sentimental items.


Another way to repurpose old furniture is by giving it a fresh coat of paint or stain. This is an easy and budget-friendly option if you’re looking for a color change or want to give new life to furniture you would otherwise throw away. Sand down your wood furniture prior to painting or staining. The best paints to use for furniture are chalk paint, satin or semi-gloss paint, and latex paint. If you are painting outdoor furniture, make sure to use exterior stains or latex paint so that it lasts longer and is not prone to mold or stains.


A partial or full reupholstery can do wonders in old things new. From dining chair seats to full ottomans and sofas, there are many things you can choose to reupholster. Upholsterers will often have their own fabric selection available, but you can also choose your own fabric and source it yourself. If you are planning on reupholstering an antique or family heirloom, make sure to ask for references or ask to see existing work. A great resource for finding the appropriate upholstery professionals for your needs is the National Upholstery Association’s website.

Our designers at WPL are here to help you navigate through the world of reusing and repurposing your old furniture. We can help you envision new pieces from your old ones and help you find the best artisans who will deliver quality work. Fill out our design inquiry form today to get started.

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