Are you bored of your old furniture, do you find it heavy and outdated and want to throw it away? Don't!

We too easily throw away old furniture, thinking it is no longer good enough for the times, too heavy, not modern. On the other hand, we think about forests, we are saddened by the fact that too much is being cut down, but we don't realise that a simple way to help reduce felling is to use furniture for longer. But what can we do when the furniture we have received or inherited from our parents seems old-fashioned, when we still want to change something, when we want it to stop looking old, old, more affordable? It's simple, we reinvent it.

It is clear that tastes differ greatly from person to person. Just as I like old things and would do anything to be surrounded by them, I know a lot of people who would find my home cluttered and would like more colour instead of massive black furniture. There are people who want color in their home, but that doesn't mean they have to give up good, well-made solid wood pieces. They can simply be...reinvented. And that's not an exaggerated, precious term. Furniture can be transformed into something totally different, or parts of old furniture can be used to make something new. Let me give you some examples.

The old cupboard with lots of drawers can be transformed into a colourful one. The old look of this wardrobe may not fit the desire for a cheerful, colorful home. But why get rid of it and get another? It's a wooden wardrobe that can "live" for a long time to come. So what can you do?

You can paint it. The cupboard can be made white, a background for drawers painted in bright, cheerful colours. Isn't that different? It can look great in the children's room, and parents are left with the memories.

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The old, weathered extendable table transformed into a very useful wall console. There was a time when we used to gather around the table at home for the holidays and my mother or grandmother would cook us all sorts of goodies. Now we prefer to meet at restaurants, with something for everyone. And the 12-person extendable table has lost its purpose. What can we do? It would be a shame to throw it away.

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We simply keep only one piece that we turn into a wall bracket. This conversion can be a solution for smaller spaces for which it's hard to find the right furniture.

Painted in light colours it will brighten up the house and the memories of meals together will not fade.

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Old chairs can brighten up your home. How? With colour.I think we all have 2-3 old, plain chairs around the house that look really sad with all the signs of age on them. They are well made, they are sturdy, the wood is still good, why throw them away?

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They can be painted in a variety of strong colours to totally change the look of your home. Will they brighten up the old, heavy table around which they sit?

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I found these furniture transformations at SaveMob and I honestly tell you I wasn't expecting it. I knew they were into restoring old furniture and I had seen some really great refurbished furniture. You may remember Chippendale furniture refinished with shellac or the old bank, which, although initially "lame", looked very good after reconditioning. The amazement was great when I saw these pieces in strong colours. They told me that there are many people who want such transformations of old furniture and turn to them because, in general, furniture needs to be checked and strengthened before painting. So the furniture is first cleaned and re-cleaned, then finished in the style chosen by the customer.

I hope I've convinced you that it's much better to find ways to transform old furniture instead of throwing it away. The method can also be applied to furniture that is neither very old nor has any other qualities except memories. With a well-chosen finish it can be transformed into the furniture you want. And one last argument to convince you. There are designers who integrate the "old" into their work creating exceptional designs that are highly appreciated. Here's an example.

About the author

Mihaela Radu

Mihaela Radu is a chemical engineer but has a great passion for wood. She has been working in the field for more than 20 years, wood finishing being what defined her during this period. She gained experience working in a research institute, in her own company, as well as in a multinational. She wants to continuously share her experience with those who have the same passion - and more.


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