Refinishing furniture is a great way to get a brand new look out of an old piece of furniture. Many times, you will run across an end table or a dresser that you know has the potential to be a wonderful addition to a room, but has been ravaged by time and neglect. Whether you find that piece at a yard sale or an antiques mall, you do not have to leave it there because it looks like it is in bad shape! Snap it up and bring it home and give it a makeover to turn it into a great new addition to your home.
There are many ways to refinish furniture, all of which you can do yourself, depending on your level of expertise. A beginner likely will not be able to handle reupholstering an entire couch, but one easy do it yourself project that anyone can do involves swapping out furniture hardware. Updating the hardware on a piece of furniture, like a bureau or armoire, can really give the piece a whole new look and a whole new life.
Furniture knobs and pulls can be found in a wide variety of styles, shapes, colors, finishes, and designs, so the possibilities are really endless. Changing plain and boring brass drawer pulls out for some new, sleek, stylish oil rubbed bronze pieces will make the whole thing look updated. Combine that with a new coat of paint or stain and you have a brand new piece of furniture on your hands.
What’s more, not only can you give that piece new life with brand new hardware, you can give it new life with OLD hardware, too. For example, if you’ve picked up a gorgeous antique dressing table at the local thrift store, but it is missing some of its door or drawer hardware, you can go hunting for antique hardware that will match it, so you get a new, polished look and it remains authentic and accurate.
One important thing to remember, however, is that you need to change ALL of the hardware when you tackle this sort of project, particularly when you’re working with furniture cabinetry. Make sure that you also swap out the hinges if the cabinet has a door, because if you don’t, your piece will not look so much “refinished” as it does “unfinished.”