Antique furniture restoration: here's how to transform it for a new life

Antique furniture restoration: here's how to transform it for a new life - Wallpapers4Beginners

Are you looking for ideas for antique furniture restoration? Then, you're in the right place. It is possible to transform an item that looks like it is now to be thrown away. It will become unrecognizable when finished! Read on to find out how to...

Decorating old furniture

Furniture, over time, loses value. Or we change tastes and no longer satisfy us like before. However, getting rid of used vintage furniture should be a last resort; recycling is much better. You save money and also give your home a creative touch.

Antique furniture restoration: a new use

One original idea is to change the use. For example, an old wooden ladder can become a towel rack for the bathroom. Sand the surface with sandpaper, paint it, and you're done! But that's not all... We also have other suggestions on how to renovate 1970s furniture or furniture from different eras.

Mobili vecchi colorati: da classici a moderni in un lampo

If they are in good condition, we may consider taking them to the garage sale for old furniture, but it is only sometimes possible. Maybe we are fond of a sideboard because it was grandma's, or we need it because we can't buy another one now, or we want to recycle to help the environment. And by the way, consider that these stores are chock full of old furniture for sale; they can't always dispose of it all or it can take years.

Whatever your reason for transforming antique furniture into modern, you have several options: covering the furniture with a durable, colorful fabric, painting it with colors that suit the room, or using wallpaper as we will see shortly.

How to repaint them

First, it is good to sandpaper the cabinet. You need 300-400 grit sandpaper. What is it used for? To remove the protective film present on the color.  Second, give 1 or 2 coats of water-based, odorless white primer.

Go for decoupage!

To salvage old furniture to be thrown away, decoupage is a great solution. You can use our wallpapers!

Here are the steps to follow for old repainted furniture:

  1.     Dismantle the cabinet knobs
  2. Sand the surface to remove the paint
  3. Clean the area
  4. Spread a coat of opaque white to make the base even (only if you intend to do only part of the furniture, such as details with flowers, otherwise there is no need, make a glue base)
  5. Allow drying
  6. Thin the glue with water as directed
  7. Brush the glue over the furniture
  8. To stabilize and protect the paper, pass clear decoupage varnish over it.

To understand how to prepare furniture according to the type of wood, we recommend you also read the article dedicated to discolored wood furniture.

This is undoubtedly the ideal solution for changing old furniture for free or almost in record time. You can opt for the half set if the furniture is small; few sheets will be enough!

Why choose Wallpapers4Beginners?

100% Italian

Each wallpaper is created, designed, and printed by hand in Italy, the land of art and design. We use the highest quality materials and ship our wallpapers worldwide.

Competitive prices

We want our wallpapers to be as affordable as possible. We carefully evaluate the production process, which allows us to set our prices without compromising quality. Each pack contains 8 sheets of 70 cm x 100 cm each, covering an area of 5.5 square meters.

Original design

For our wallpaper, we draw inspiration from both its 12th-century origins and contemporary design. Each one is a unique concept, carefully hand-drawn by us before being printed on paper. We create it with a keen eye for tradition, beauty, and natural materials.

Easy to lay

We wanted our wallpaper to be different from others. It is not made in heavy rolls that need to be cut and with complicated patterns to match, but in practical lightweight sheets that combine perfectly. Everyone can use our wallpaper. You do not need to have experience in laying it. You need some manual dexterity. Be patient, follow the instructions precisely and you will do a great job. We will even give you glue and a brush as a gift!

100% sustainable

Our wallpaper is 100% safe. The entire production process is sustainable, and the final product is disposable and recyclable. Our themes are printed on real sheets of paper with vegan and water-based inks without using solvents. The prints are odorless and can be used safely at home. Even our glue is non-toxic, vegan, and derived from potatoes.

We were inspired by the oldest wallpaper tradition dating back to the 12th century when Europe began importing rice paper from China. Today, it is again possible to print wallpaper on real sheets of paper using modern printers and lighter paper.

Here is the philosophy of Wallpapers 4 Beginners: to promote a production process that cares about the health of its customers and the protection of the environment with a product that is very easy to lay, even for beginners.

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