Up-Cycled Furniture – Before & After

vintage teak credenza up-cycled wall art

Teak credenza up-cycled for modern setting in a office

For those who know me know that I love to up-cycle furniture!
Breathing new life into tired, old pieces is definitely one of my talents.

Most older furniture is made of natural materials and the craftsmanship is superb. A lot of these items were built expressly to last a long time – and that they will do! That new coat of paint and the right choice in upholstery will aesthetically bring the piece from another era right to today.

And I don’t do it just for the sake of it – there are many different reasons for transforming furniture items:

1. REDUCE WASTE
  •  Now, something that has already lasted 30+ years can go on for another 50! Not only do you have a sturdy piece of long lasting furniture in your home, you are also helping prevent a usable item from going into the landfill and turning into the trash, which, let’s be honest, is just so sad.
2. KEEP WHAT YOU LOVE
  •  Clients also love upcycling as they can continue to use the pieces they love in their newly designed space. It saves them money in 2 ways: they don’t have to buy a new and potentially expensive replacement of poorer quality, and they don’t have to dish out on a new piece in a few years… see above 🙂
3. ONE-OF-A-KIND
  •  Often I have asked clients not to throw away solid wood items and end up with great successes because the reinvented versions are totally customized. I get to select each fabric and finish exactly to my liking and make it a perfect fit with the overall design one of a kind pieces.
4. SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES
  • Another valuable plus of upcycling furniture is that it supports the local trades and businesses. Since the import of cheaper goods has hurt local businesses and many have shut down after 30 years of being in business.
5. UNLIMITED OPTIONS
  • And last but not least, I just love seeing the transformations…it gives me such joy, and often hard to imagine the new piece as being any other way! A lot of the times I can envision drastic changes that utilize the basic structure of the item as a launch pad for another completely different idea. I feel so happy thinking of this item getting a longer life with a fresh new look!

If you own furniture that is hand-me-down or inherited from your grandma and don’t know how to make it work it into your current space.  This might inspire you to think outside the box.

Happy up-cycling 🙂

 

ottoman, red fabric, traditional

Ottoman BEFORE

Modern ottoman, striped black & white, yellow

Ottoman AFTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHINA CABINET

china cabinet, vintage, blah, refinished

China cabinet with dated brown stain before refinishing

China Cabinet makeover wood, modern, eclectic

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