It’s not a secret that the amount of waste we produce is growing annually, but the stream of discarded furniture has reached a whopping 9 million tons a year — and this is just office furniture! So, to help out with this waste, let’s give our old furniture a chance at a new life.
We believe that anything that’s old can be redecorated. And we are ready to share some tips on how to bring some fresh looks into your house design.
1. Remove oil spills from fabric.
Spills are a normal thing in a household with kids and pets. The biggest sacrifice to them is the fabric on our furniture.
- Take a piece of chalk and rub it on the fabric — it will absorb the oil or grease.
- Let it soak.
- Remove the chalk with a wash cloth.
- Let fabric air dry.
2. Clean damaged floors and wooden furniture.
- 1/4 cup oil
- 3/4 cup vinegar
- Clean cloth
You should wipe the damaged wood with this concoction to make it look as good as new. You can also cover the wood with paint to make it “sit” better.
3. Remove rust spots from metal.
You can use this trick on metal pieces of furniture or even just on your knives.
Simply soak the parts you need to clean up in lemon juice for 5-10 minutes, then scrub the rusty spot with a scouring pad.
4. Apply liquid leather to bring your sofa back to life.
Pick up “liquid leather” from Amazon or eBay and apply it over the cracks of an old couch or an old leather chair to give the piece of furniture a new look.
5. Use a simple walnut to remove scratches.
Wooden floors and surfaces are prone to scratching and sometimes it is incredibly inconvenient. To remove small scratches from wood, use a peeled walnut. Take a half, rub it along the scratch several times, and let it soak in for at least several minutes. Then polish it with a clean cloth.
6. Tile old tables to give them a fresh look.
Speaking of table tops, if your old one looks like it’s ready to be thrown out, you can just use glue to decorate it with tiles. Pick a specific design to make the tabletop match the interior or pick something neutral so that the table can be used for a long time. It doesn’t hurt that tiles are heat and stain-resistant.
7. Cover a damaged surface with chalkboard paint.
In a household with children, everything is a drawing board. Give in by picking up a can of chalkboard paint and making some surfaces black and washable.
8. Make your old furniture look more chic.
Distressed furniture and items have been very popular recently, so why not make some yourself? Paint over the wood and then scrub it with a sponge or a bit of sandpaper. You can even make a layered design of you use several different colors.
9. Add little details to give the whole piece an upgrade.
Never forget that you can completely ruin the overall look of your place by ignoring the little things, like the knobs on a cupboard, pillows, and chair covers.
What would you like to change or renew in your home? Or maybe you already have and are eager to share the amazing fruits of your labor? Be sure to do so in the comments so we can all marvel at it!