Who hasn’t fallen for a period armchair or an old school desk at a flea market or car boot sale?
To ensure that your irresistible new purchase blends in with your existing décor, here are some practical tips to guide you once you’ve bought it.
Getting DIY off to a good start
First, you need to know how to spot that “perfect” piece that will blend in with your interior décor and that can be reworked to your taste. DIY novices should start working with easy pieces such as lights, accessories and standalone items. Upcycling a large wardrobe can be a long process, and it also often requires a large work space and specific tools. Select pieces that are in good condition overall and before you buy them, ask yourself how they will work in your home. To get an idea as to how your new interior will look, you can use our 3D home simulator to help you create free 3D layout plans for a single room or your entire home. This will help you to work out where a new, personalised piece of furniture should be placed.
Renovating a piece of furniture can be summed up in three simple steps: cleaning, repairing and decorating. Clean the furniture meticulously in order to remove all traces of dirt. The most difficult part is repairing furniture. It entails diagnosing problems with the furniture, and fixing them. Compile a list of everything you need to repair and set about it step by step: a missing lock, hanging door, wobbly leg, etc. A number of tutorials can be found on the Internet to guide you in restoring your old piece of furniture. Finally, decoration is the most interesting part in the restoration process. You can choose a matt or gloss finish when repainting your piece of furniture, unless you prefer to go for a simple varnish.
5 tips for customising an old piece of furniture
1 . Monochrome
Repainting a piece of furniture is the simplest option. Sand down surfaces before applying any specific preparations, followed by two layers of your chosen paint: matt, gloss or varnish. An aqua color will immediately give a desk or TV cabinet a Scandinavian look.
2 . Simplicity
There is a trend for minimalism. If your furniture is in good condition, or if that’s what you like, varnish it or give it a lightly burnished look. Industrial cupboards and filing cabinets, for example, can often remain in their natural state in order to add an industrial feel to your décor.
3 . Sophisticated accessories
To personalize your furniture, replace decorative feet or handles with accessories that match the style you choose. For example, for zen décor, go for simple, natural shapes enhanced by natural materials such as wood or metal.
4 . One piece of furniture, two uses
Don’t be afraid to split up your piece of furniture so that it better meets your needs. For example, hang the drawer tray of an old dressing table on your bedroom wall, and keep the legs to create a console or side table.
5 . Keep within the spirit of the times
For a successful restoration project, play on the furniture’s original style. If you’ve gone for an old dresser from the fifties, repaint it in a bright colour and cover the shelves with polka-dot print paper.