If you’re creatively inclined, you probably fantasize about refurbishing a piece of furniture or up-cycling a hard rubbish find from time to time. I’m all for renewal and repurposing. I’ve done plenty of it in my time and it can be incredibly rewarding. But I recommend you think through your approach before jumping into the deep end and embarking on a project that may be more complicated than it looks, or end up costing you more than the piece is truly worth!
Here are my tips…
- Before you go wild in your local antique shop, decide whether you want a fully vintage interior (which will make it very eclectic), or whether you just want to use a single carefully selected piece as a feature in a room (in which case you need to make sure the piece you select is supported by everything else in the room so it stands out).
- There’s fixing, sanding back and painting an old piece of furniture… then there’s restoration! They are two very different things. You can have heaps of fun bringing a Gumtree find back to life by sanding, priming and painting it but if you want to restore an antique to its original glory ensure you research its original state and that you are using the right materials: nails, fabrics, paint types and colours, or you might end up transforming an expensive piece into worthless junk by not restoring it properly.
- If you’re looking to restore older pieces, take the time to discover the history behind them before you begin the restoration process. You’ll get so much more value from a vintage piece than simple aesthetics if you understand its history.
- If you have a period-style house with a heritage feel, one striking modern piece of furniture can really lift your interior to the next level.
- Collecting vintage pieces can be quite addictive, be careful how many you buy.