These canny recyclers reclaimed furniture to make it shine in their homes anew.
If you’ve ever walked past a characterful piece of furniture in an op shop and stopped to wonder how to incorporate it in your home, read on.
1. French Blue dresser
Lauren from Bless'er House has done an amazing job on this old dresser. Picked up from a buy/sell/trade Facebook group for $20, it was quite unremarkable and had seen better days. With a little work and a fresh coat of paint, it's now a showpiece in her guest bedroom.
See the full makeover process here.
2. Brilliant bedsides
Carrie from Thirty Eight Street is a seasoned renovator of furniture and knows a hot find when she sees it, scoring these twin bedside tables at a garage sale for the bargain price of $50. With good bones but plenty of knocks and scratches, they needed a fresh look with minimum changes.
The original hardware was retained however the doors were removed and discarded. A new coat of paint was applied to bring them back to life. Read the full story here.
3. Kitchen island bench
A simple makeover is all that was needed to transform this tired old chest of drawers into a hardworking and essential showpiece in the kitchen.
Here’s how it was done:
1. Remove drawers
2. Sand entire dresser with orbital sander if available and use sandpaper sheets for the tricky details and corners
3. Paint dresser all over with under coat or all-in-one paint, including inside drawer cavities. Leave top of dresser unpainted for a different treatment
4. Apply top coat of paint in your desired colour
5. Sand drawers and paint in same way
6. Repeat with second coat
7. Use a sponge brush to paint top of dresser with an even coat of protective timber finish such as Min wax poly acrylic. This is a fast-drying protective finish designed especially for wood surfaces.
8. Repeat with second coat.
9. When dry, add new handles to top drawer and replace in the dresser
10. Style up in your kitchen and enjoy!
Watch this video from Hometalk to see how the process unfolds: