5 predictors of a successful furniture make-over

On Fridays I like to share with you a painted piece from the past.  Every piece of furniture has some form of a story, and it's fun to dig in and learn about the pieces I paint.  Rather than showing you a particular piece here today, I'm changing it up a bit and highlighting the meat and potatoes behind how one considers whether their furniture is "make-over worthy". 

How do you know if your furniture is worth a make-over?  What "signs" can you look for that predict a successful outcome, and result you love? 

Today I'm sharing five predictors that have consistently produced successful outcomes, and happy furniture owners. 

5 Predictors of a successful furniture make-over

1.  Recognize the potential

Most people have the ability to recognize that their piece of outdated furniture has potential. One thing that often gets in the way of seeing furniture "blossom" into something we love, is the temptation to get rid of it.   Next time you feel like tossing that old dresser to the curb, think twice.   Take a look at what happened to these dressers, when given a second look.....

2. Emotional connection & Value

It really is a great honor to be able to use pieces that were passed down in the family. Not only do these pieces hold sentimental value, they are typically well-made (see #4!). Displaying and using these pieces is a meaningful way to remember our loved ones who at one time, owned these same pieces!   A make-over enhances the beauty of these one-of-a-kind pieces, while at the same time, allows us to showcase our style and personality in new ways. 

Here are some examples of what can happen to pieces that hold sentimental value in our hearts: 

 

See the story here:  Shabby Chic Kitchenette: REVEAL TIME
See the heartwarming story here: Distressed Chevron Cedar Chest

See the heartwarming story here: Distressed Chevron Cedar Chest

3. Functionality

Consider all possible uses of your old furniture.  Functionality is key when it comes to making decisions about painting a piece of furniture.   The more uses a piece potentially has, the more likely it will long live out its "new" and improved look (not to mention the many locations in the house to place it).  Consider a make-over, and you're one step closer to uncovering those pieces in hiding!

Giving pieces like this a second chance can be an eye-opening game-changer for the home.  See an example here: 

This hutch became a great place to store games and other "things" you don't want sitting out. The open shelving allowed for display of favorite accessories, too.  It's a win-win. 

This hutch became a great place to store games and other "things" you don't want sitting out. The open shelving allowed for display of favorite accessories, too.  It's a win-win. 

4. Condition

A sturdy piece of furniture is the best candidate for a make-over.  This is the case for two main reasons:

1.  It will last longer, therefore the time & money investmented into the piece will be well worth it.  

2. It will tolerate painting, sanding, and minor repairs without falling apart! 

Basic indications of a sturdy piece are solid stance (it does not wobble), pieces are intact (like edges of tables or shelves), and major pieces are present (all essential pieces in the body/structure of the piece are present).  

If you are in question about the shape of your piece, shoot me picture of it and I'll give you an honest answer:   novodecor2015@gmail.com

5.  Knowledge, excitement, anticipation 

If you are like most home-owners, you own an outdated, or unattractive piece of furniture.  I encourage you to look beyond the "ugly", and take notice of these predictors.   Knowing (knowledge) what to look for in your furniture (#1-4 above), can lead to an enjoyable and empowering experience (excitement and anticipation).  This in turn, results in a highly successful furniture make-over.  

A furniture make-over goes beyond the paintbrush!   The history and story behind a piece of furniture, along with how the finished piece affects our emotions as home-owners, is really what it's all about.  

So with that, take notice of what you already have, or don't use.  Identifying just one of today's predictors in your old furniture, has the potential power to be a game-changer for you and your home! 

Have a wonderful weekend

-Kate

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