30 Mar Spring Refresh: 7 Ways to Update the Furniture You Already Have
Spring is officially here and while you’re doing some spring cleaning you might be looking to give your space a little update. One of Down2Earth’s favorite interior design philosophies is to shop the house first. We love incorporating our clients’ existing furniture, as these pieces add character and personal style to the space. Often, these are quality pieces that just need a little TLC, so why not make use of them? Modifying furniture you already own can be a great (and sustainable) way to freshen up your space. We’ve outlined some simple ways to give your old furniture new purpose.
1. Paint or Restain
Whether it’s your walls or a piece of furniture, a new coat of paint can be a simple way to transform a space. Try a pop of color or a neutral to add some contrast, like in the example below. Or, don’t be afraid to strip off the paint and bring back to life an original wood finish! One of the trends we are seeing is to bring back more rich tones of wood.
Check out Amy’s sunroom makeover for some great examples of how she repainted furniture for a big splash of color.
Reupholstering can really transform a piece of furniture. Fabric allows us to bring in a new pattern, color, or texture to a room. Reupholstering an accent chair in a fun fabric, or even doing something as simple as swapping out your dining room chair fabric can make a difference in the interior design of your space.
3. Update the Hardware
This might be the easiest one of all. Hardware is the jewelry of our furniture. Switch to something sleek and simple for a modern look or to something with a little more detail for an eclectic style. (Bonus: think about this for your kitchen too!)
4. Swap out the Legs
Another simple update is replacing the legs of your furniture, which can make a piece feel more sophisticated.
5. Add Wallpaper
Similar to fabric, there are so many fun and color wallpaper options. Try wallpapering the back of a bookcase or drawer fronts of a chest to add some color and pattern to your space’s interior decor.
6. Rethink its Use or Location
Rethinking how you are using your furniture or where you are using it can be an easy way to refresh your space. In our Sterling Road kitchen remodel, Amy repurposed a trunk the client already owned that was being use is in another room to create a cozy bench nook in the dining room area.
7. Update the Frame
Artwork is so personal and we love when clients have artwork that they have collected over the years that is meaningful to them. Frames can really make a piece look dated. Try modernizing artwork by updating the frame. This is also a great way to create a gallery wall with multiple pieces you already one. Selecting similar frames will create a clean, cohesive look.
If you’d like to give one or several of these ideas a try, but would appreciate some professional guidance, send us a note! Our Client Contact Form will take you to the right place.