Some easy and in­ex­pen­sive ways to re­fresh your out­dated fur­ni­ture

The Hamilton Spectator - - STYLE - EMILY SIMP­SON

Whether your fur­ni­ture is out­dated or you like chang­ing your decor reg­u­larly, re­fresh­ing your cur­rent fur­ni­ture or a garage sale find is a great way to get an up­dated look.

Paint it

One of the eas­i­est ways to up­date a piece is to paint it. Painted fur­ni­ture isn’t lim­ited to wood. You can up­date metal, wicker, even up­hol­stery. Per­son­al­ize any piece to match your style. Add a funky de­sign or go with a clas­sic an­tiqued look.

Your fur­ni­ture will de­ter­mine the paint you use:

Stain. Wood stains are a pop­u­lar choice and come in hues from cherry red to dark es­presso.

Spray paint. A great op­tion for fur­ni­ture with de­tails or curves. You can choose var­i­ous colours and fin­ishes. Works for var­i­ous ma­te­ri­als, like metal, wicker or wood.

Chalk paint. In­creas­ingly pop­u­lar, lit­tle prep work re­quired and it (plus a fin­ish­ing wax) gives fur­ni­ture a nice an­tique look.

La­tex. Avail­able at hard­ware stores, it lets you to choose a vi­brant colour or a spe­cific shade. La­tex paints of­fer a va­ri­ety of fin­ishes, from a shiny satin to a flat matte.

Acrylic. Avail­able at craft stores, works for many pieces, mak­ing it an al­most uni­ver­sal op­tion.

Fabric medium. Mixed with an acrylic or la­tex paint for paint­ing up­hol­stered fur­ni­ture.

Slip­cover it

Slip­cov­ers are a sim­ple, fast way to re­fresh any fur­ni­ture. You can switch colours and pat­terns for the sea­son, or sim­ply choose a new neu­tral colour to hide an out­dated flo­ral or plaid piece.

You can try to make your own slip­cov­ers to match your home’s decor and fur­ni­ture’s spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

Re­uphol­ster it

Re­uphol­ster­ing fur­ni­ture is a bit more ex­pen­sive than paint­ing, but it’s much cheaper than buy­ing a new chair or couch. By re­uphol­ster­ing that ugly wing­back chair, you can choose the fabric you want, add some up­dated el­e­ments like tuft­ing or nail­head trim and make sure you have the ex­act look you want.

Ac­ces­sorize it

Some old fur­ni­ture just needs a bit of a touch-up. You could swap old han­dles and pulls for up­dated pieces, paint out­dated gold han­dles and hinges, add a nail head trim to the arms or backs of chairs and couches, or re-cover pil­lows and cush­ions on couches and chairs.

Angie’s List


Sim­ple mea­sures can re­fresh your fur­ni­ture and bring new life to an old piece.

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