You are tired of some of your furniture, they are damaged or out of fashion, give them a second life by redesigning them with paint, upholstery, handles and custom feet. With a little ingenuity and creativity, your furniture will be transformed into a unique personal 100% object in an upcycling spirit.
What is the point of giving a piece of furniture a makeover? Many brands offer a multitude of contemporary furniture at interesting prices. It is therefore legitimate to ask the following question: "Why should I pay for a new piece of furniture?
Revamp a piece of furniture that has a history
There are some pieces of furniture that we hold dear because they are "in the family". Without real value, without real quality, they are there to remind us where we come from. The attachment is sentimental and often justifies that we choose to have them refurbished rather than throw them away.
Relook a good quality piece of furniture
There are pieces of furniture that we have chosen for their quality, their style, their originality. They were made by craftsmen. They are made of oak, beech, walnut, pine, often in solid wood. In general, these pieces of furniture cost us a lot of money. Today, they are out of fashion, they decorate our new decor. Their value and quality deserve that we give them a new place in our interior. A relooking is necessary!
Relook a piece of furniture to make it unique and original.
Relooking a piece of furniture is not simply giving it a coat of paint. There are many patinas and very original effects: material effects (concrete, marble powder, gesso, earth...), glaze effects (lacquering), inclusion effects (notably dry leaves, fragments of metallic paper...). It is also about transforming the furniture (adding decorations, replacing elements, shortening parts...). In this type of work, the relooking becomes a creation, a work of art. Your furniture becomes unique.
Relook in the spirit of Slow Design
Choosing not to throw away to recover and recycle is not a trivial gesture. It is a way to position ourselves in a consumer society where throwing away has become natural. Respecting a piece of wooden furniture is also an important and symbolic gesture for the planet.
Relook because it's economical
Good quality furniture is very affordable on barter markets, garage sales, and sales between individuals on the Internet. It is then possible to make redesigning a beautiful piece of furniture in original solid wood for a fascinating price.
Relook furniture because it's healthier
Recent studies show that new furniture can contain solvents that diffuse into the air in your homes for years! Older furniture never had or no longer has this disadvantage... (I chose to install redesigned furniture for my children rather than buy new furniture because even the big brands are pinned). Be careful! The products used to relook must also be healthy and natural!
We've seen the reasons why you should have your furniture relooked. Here are 3 tips to help you get a furniture makeover:
Change the color
Repainting your furniture is the easiest way to change the look of your furniture and the atmosphere of your apartment.
Don't limit yourself to white or gray. Dare to use color, with or without a patina, depending on the style you are looking for. For example, a green china cabinet, yellow chairs, a blue armoire or a red chest of drawers will bring some pep and personality to your room without distorting the rest of your wooden furniture.
Don't overdo it though, one piece of colored furniture, which you can match with a carpet or decorative objects of the same color, or several partially repainted. Make it easy on yourself with the new generation of undercoats and paints that will save you the trouble of sanding.
As for the sofa, before throwing it away or giving it away, change the color of its cover to give your living room a new look. Many stores sell slipcovers separately for most of our sofas, to give them a new lease on life.
Use masking tape, stickers, stencils, tapestry.
Here are a few inexpensive tips that don't require any special skills to customize your furniture.
To stay in the world of painting, you can give your furniture a facelift with geometric, harlequin or ethnic patterns.
If this seems too complicated, stencils are an interesting alternative. The paint is applied by lightly dabbing with a dedicated brush, from the edges to the center, for optimal shading and relief.
Covering your furniture with tapestry, toile de Jouy, vinyl cement tiles also gives amazing results, especially when you want to keep a vintage look to your furniture.