The best thing about old furniture is the new life you can give it. It doesn’t take much talent, just a little creativity and patience if you’ve never taken on a furniture project before. There are several ways to give your old furniture a new look. And here are some of them. Never underestimate the power of paint. Sometimes all it takes to give old furniture a new look is a little paint job. And here’s a trick decorators love: paint mismatched items (dining chairs, side tables etc.) in the same color to create a charming “set.” Then, reupholster. Don’t be put off by grandmotherly chintz or 1970s-era prints; sometimes what seems hideous is really just in need of some new fabric. With upholstered items like chairs and sofas, pay attention to how the piece is covered; sometimes a piece with a good, streamlined shape is hidden under baggy slipcovers or dowdy skirted upholstery.
Add new details in your old furniture. To give your upholstered furniture a classic look (that also happens to be very in right now), add nailhead trim. To dress up plain white lampshades, glue on a border fringe or simple grosgrain ribbon. Ribbon detailing can also dress up simple curtains. Use electrical tape or car striping tape (it’s thinner and comes in colors) to create border details on cabinets or other furniture.