If it is time to make changes in your home, but you don't want to invest in all new furniture, consider refinishing old pieces. Generally, this route is more cost effective than buying new and will allow you to create a one of a kind piece.
A few weeks back we blogged about old furniture we were restoring for a client. We would like to reveal the transformations and also give you some general information that will help you tackle a similar project in your own home.
Although this chair may not have begun it's transformation as an "amazing piece of furniture," it held sentimental value to the client. This client wanted their home to remain traditional, while staying true to their fun and colorful personal style. With this in mind, we had our refinisher lacquer the wood in a soft turquoise blue.
To complete the design, we selected a bold printed fabric from the Nina Campbell collection at Osborne & Little and had the cushion reupholstered. This process wasn't very expensive and the chair looks modern and new!
We restored this old rocking chair for the same sentimental reasons. The wood was stained a deep, rich brown and the seat was reupholstered in a linen fabric with vibrant pops of color from Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design. The cost of this work was minimal in comparison to the cost of buying a new chair.
If you're lucky enough to have chairs in your home where the stain is still in good
condition, consider reupholstering the seat to refresh the look. It
only takes about a 1/2 yard of fabric and approximately $50.00 for
reupholstering each chair. A project like this is inexpensive, easy, and fun.
A good piece of furniture such as the ottoman below, can be made new through the use of luxurious fabrics.
Our client especially loves the color purple, so we selected a hyde leather in this color for the reupholstering. We also had the wood bleached and then finished with a light wax treatment. The fabric and the refinishing on this piece was quite a bit more costly than the first two chairs, but when you have a piece of furniture that is worth money and is in need of updating, often times it is still well worth the investment.