4 signs your furniture is makeover-worthy

Have you ever seen an amazing furniture make-over and thought about how your own furniture would measure up?  Or maybe you've looked around your house and noticed a conglomerate of “inherited” pieces, whether you wanted to inherit them or not? 

It happens to us all.  We grow up, move out of the house, experience dorm life, maybe rent our very own apartment.  And then.....we become home-owners.  We find ourselves with a lot more space than ever before, and an abundance of “odds and ends”, and outdated pieces that don’t work together. 

What do we do?  We donate, or have a garage sale.  But there's another option: Paint them.  It takes a little bravery, vision, and some knowledge about what makes a piece “worth” the time and money for a makeover.  But, if we know what we’re looking for, that decision is EASY, and before you know it, you have a bedroom set that is ready to rock its new look in your home.

Is it possible to experience a new-found love for your unattractive hand-me-down furniture? Absolutely!  

Here are 4 signs that will help you determine whether your furniture (even the “ugly” stuff) is WORTH time and money for a make-over:

1.        It has good bones, or, the piece is sturdy and well-built. Examples: 

  • Surfaces are intact.  Scratches and dents may be rampant, but these are minor flaws and easily remedied in the make-over process. If your flat surface isn't caving in, it's most likely suited for a make-over.  
  • The piece isn't wobbly, or doesn't "twist" if you lift up one corner.  These are signs of very poor quality.  Pieces that are falling apart won't withstand a make-over well.  Plus, you want your made-over piece of furniture to be around for a LONG time. 
  • Well constructed:  Drawers easily glide in/out, and may be constructed using a dovetail method (see example of dovetailing in the photo below).  Nails and glue, if used, shouldn't be visible and should hold well.  There are many construction methods, but the main thing is that the piece is generally intact, and doesn't have staples popping out of it, or major pieces missing!

2.  It is a functional piece

These are pieces that are extremely useful. In fact, that may be the only reason you still have them; because they’re just that useful and functional in your home! Pieces like this don’t come around at a budget friendly price tag when purchased new. But, consider refurbishing your piece, and you’ve landed yourself a “new” updated accent piece that you will continue to get mad use out of, AND will look pretty at the same time   It’s a win win. If you have any of these pieces listed in your garage or basement, it's time to give them a second look!  Here are examples of these gems in the rough:

  • hutches
  • buffets
  • chests
  • book shelves (solid wood are best, but ply board backing and engineered wood shelves are also transformable)
  • desks
  • side tables (with awesome storage!)
This buffet works well in the dining area for storing items like tablecloths, serving dishes, etc. 

This buffet works well in the dining area for storing items like tablecloths, serving dishes, etc. 

3.  It is the perfect size (meant for a very specific location in your home)  

If you have a nook in your home or an area that a particular piece of furniture has occupied since 1984 because it’s the ONLY piece of furniture that ever worked in that area, hold on to it!  Do not kick it to the curb.  A make-over on a piece like this can create an entirely new vibe, which can snowball into an even better room, or home all-together.

  • desk/hutches
  • table/chair sets
  • sewing tables
  • sofa tables
The square coffee table is the perfect size and dimensions for this space. It was painted for a more updated look. Now it's a keeper

The square coffee table is the perfect size and dimensions for this space. It was painted for a more updated look. Now it's a keeper

4.  It holds sentimental value

This might be the BIGGEST reason you hold on to your old furniture. These pieces are special.   I am a firm believer that if we hold on to these pieces, that it’s OK to tweak them.  Painting, or refurbishing them means we’re invested in them, and only enhances their presence in our home.

This is a 236 year old hand-made secretary.  While the exterior hasn't been touched (and might not ever be!), I've made small changes by painting the shelves, and the backdrop. A fun wallpaper backing would also be great for this piece. 

This is a 236 year old hand-made secretary.  While the exterior hasn't been touched (and might not ever be!), I've made small changes by painting the shelves, and the backdrop. A fun wallpaper backing would also be great for this piece. 

And there you are....four signs your furniture is worth the time and money involved in a make-over.  Next time you look around your house and identify a need for change, take a good look at your “misfit” or outdated furniture pieces.  Then ask yourselves if these 4 signs apply.  If they do, that's great!  Painted and refurbished furniture is one of the most dramatic ways to enhance the home interior.  Achieving change using pieces you already have....well that's icing on the cake! 

Consider the potential in your pieces.  You won't look back (because you'll be busy admiring your beautiful "new" piece of furniture)

Here's a look at some other makeover-worthy pieces that customers identified....

If you are in question about a piece of furniture you own, I'd be happy to look at your piece! 

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