If it's done right it can be very nice. Sadly, I've seen people completely ruin original pieces that were in fine condition and that makes me cringe as a lover of antiques. Things that get upcycled like this should be pieces that were not in good original condition or were already painted. There is a lot of original, beautiful wood out there that people are systematically destroying for kitsch items they think they can resell, but the market is saturated with chalkboard painted items already. For an ugly piece though? sure, there are some cute techniques to give them new life.
yes totally agree! I love antique shopping and it kills me to see old pieces painted when they probably could've been preserved to their original condition. I do like the idea for pieces that were previously painted or can't be restored to original.
Refinishing furniture was a skill my father taught me. I am not good at repairing old furniture, but I have sanded old furniture through several coats of different color stains, paints, etc. in order to reach the bare wood. I might possibly tun an old desk into a computer table but more often will just let it be a desk. I have converted a center drawer to a keyboard slide, but that is about as far as I will go. Old furniture has a charm that should be hidden. I never paint. I use a wood stain that matches the wood that is already mixed with polyurethane. We have a high back rocking chair that we purchased at a thrift store. It has been my most successful project.
Yes, in a variety of ways. I do like the shabby chic/vintage styled decor, but a little goes a long way unless it is a complete theme in a room/home. Then anything goes and there's no end to the fun that can be had with refinishing furniture!