Renovating second hand furniture is a great way to bring new life to an old piece. Not only are you saving money, you’re helping the environment by this not ending up in landfill.
- The best place to start is at home; what have you got that could benefit from a coat of paint?
- Visit friends and neighbours’ garage sales, look out for council clean-ups or check out your local junk or charity shop. You can often pick up unusual pieces for next to nothing.
- The most important thing is to check that the item is sound; you don’t want a three-legged chair or a table that collapses under the weight of a tea cup!
- This table and chairs were in good condition but needed brightening up. The owner wasn’t too sure about painting them bright red, but afterwards agreed that they really gave her terrace the funky modern look we were after.
- Or you can use fabric to update the look of the piece. This breakfast nook was dull and boring but funky fabric makes all the difference.
- Here I’ve used some pieces from secondhand shops to retain the casual bohemian feel of the place. These chairs were a real find; they have a space age 60s look, which is perfect for this funky rainforest hideaway.
- Sometimes you can get lucky and find the right piece that doesn't need any work and fits exactly into your décor. You just need to work with the home’s personality.
So get creative and get yourself a great new look at a bargain basement price!
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