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Nine Ways To Make Cheap Furniture Look Good

Updated on June 30, 2015

You do not need to spend loads of cash on furniture to make your home look good. There are plenty of DIY ways to make inexpensive furniture look pricey and stylish. When you have a favorite piece that you found at a yard sale or was handed down to you by someone, it can be hard to let go of it. Well, the good news is that you do not have to get rid of it. With a few simple changes, you can make your cheap furniture look great, and also make it look like you spent a small fortune on it!

Nine Tips To Make Inexpensive Furniture Look Fabulous

Here are 9 ways to make cheap furniture look good:

1. Replace hardware:

A great way to make inexpensive furniture look really good is to replace the hardware. Invest in stylish handles or pulls and replace the ones that the piece came with. There are literally a million handles to choose from and even some handmade stuff which will awe every guest you have. It's best you search for them online and find the one that best suits your furniture piece. This is a sure way to change its look and make it look stylish.

2. Change the finish:

Furniture (especially wooden) tends to wear out quicker than metal for instance. The reasons might be different, accidental damage or exposure to sunlight. But the tragic fact remains the same - it looks awful after just a couple of years. If the finish that your furniture came with does not look as good as you would like, all you need to do is refurbish it, or better - paint it in a different colour. Also, you must not forget that vintage furniture is a style which is pretty popular these days. Gather all furniture pieces which are old in a single room, give them the vintage treatment and voila! With metal furniture it's even easier just scrape off the old paint and apply the new one.

3. Take away the ‘bulk’:

When a piece of furniture looks too ‘bulky’, it can look a little less-than-expensive and a tad outdated as well. You can make it look modern by getting rid of some of the elements that are not really needed. It will also require less space. A giant bookcase for example can be taken apart to open up space for wall decorations.

4. Add black or white:

A great way to make a piece of furniture look modern and sophisticated is to add a basic color like black or white. You can use these colors to highlight the piece’s good features and lines. This means that the entire piece does not even have to be painted. Another great idea is to paint it with chalkboard paint. You can write whatever you want on it, reminders or just fun stuff and it looks great too!

5. Add patterns:

You can use pattern the way you use color to change an entire look. Do remember that just any pattern will not work. Sleek ones like straight lines or geometric patterns look modern and sharp. Curving lines can often look a little too cute, but it depends on your personal taste so you can use them if you like it.

6. Change the upholstery:

If you have an old chair or sofa that you love and do not want to throw away, give it a makeover by changing the upholstery. Since you do not have to spend money on the frame, you can splurge a bit on the upholstery and make it look amazing. You can go wild and choose whatever colours you've dreamed of and make it look better than the original. This is the best way to revitalize an old piece of furniture.

7. Create a new function:

By changing the function that a furniture piece was created for, you can give it a whole new look. For example, if you have an old stool that you do not use anymore, transform it into a stand for an antique or flower vase. It will look like a unique piece that you had custom-made. Or how about a bench made from chairs. Why not? Someone has already done it as seen on the pictures above.

8. Change the legs:

If you have a table that you got for a bargain and want to make it look better, all you have to do is spend a little extra for new legs. Even a simple square table can look totally stylish when you get a new set of legs for it. Choose a set that goes with the rest of the décor in the room and it will fit right in. You can go creative and choose stuff which is not actually a part from a furniture piece like this.

9. Display to distract:

If you are looking for the simplest way to give your cheap furniture a makeover, display stylish stuff on it. You will be surprised to see what a huge difference it makes. Get a fabulous vase or pricey photo frames and do up your ordinary-looking table or shelf and make it look great.

With a little creativity and DIY know-how, you can give inexpensive furniture a whole new look and make them look great. Get inspired and start looking for more ways to pretty up your old furniture!

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