Breathe new life into old pieces

We all have certain pieces that we can't bear to part with, be it a collectible or a hand-me-down piece of furniture.




Everyone has a special piece, whether it's something you brought back from your travels abroad, or a hand-me-down from your favourite grandma. There are some items that you can't bear to part with but that don't quite fit into your home decorating scheme. It's nice to know that you don't have to hide these pieces, you can easily work around them. 



When you find it hard to part with a piece that is filled with memories, grab a paintbrush and a screwdriver and give the piece and instant makeover with paint and new hardware.



A Touch of Magic

If you have been gifted a hand-me-down that doesn't quite fit in with the scheme of your home but you can't bear to part with, you have the option to use paint to give it an update that fits into your room decor. Painting is one of the easiest and most affordable  ways to breathe new life into dark furniture or dated pieces. Adding new hardware is another quick and easy way to update a piece.



The Midas Touch

I love picking up items that catch my eye, and most of us have a few knick-knacks that we have accumulated over the years, or that have been passed down. You don't have to relegate these to a 'junk' drawer where they will be out of sight, it's so easy to transform these using a product like Rust-Oleum Metallic spray paint. Since this paint can be applied to almost any surface, you can grab a can of brass, gold, silver or pewter metallic finish and completely change the look in ways you never thought possible.



Metallic spray paint can totally transform a dated piece and bring the shimmer of metallics into a home.







The Soft Touch

If you have been given a piece of upholstered furniture that is in desperate need of repair, and that you simply cannot bear to part with, having this re-upholstered is the way to go. Re-upholstering a dated piece of furniture allows you to select the best fabric that will work in your existing decor scheme.



When it comes to re-upholstery you have two options: You can choose to do your own re-upholstery work or send the piece to a company that specialises in re-upholstery. Of the two, the former will obviously be the more affordable option, but you will need to have certain skills and tools, or at least have a basic knowledge of upholstery.



If you're looking to learn a few basic upholstery skills, sign up for a DIY-Divas workshop at a venue close to you. They offer workshops covering basic upholstery techniques for making an upholstered storage ottoman or upholstered headboard.