There is a certain beauty in vintage furniture. Not only for how it looks and the craftsmanship that went into it, but the nostalgia of what it once was and who it belonged to and the thoughts of what it could be in the future with a little bit of TLC.  Vintage furniture can add life into an apartment or house that is full of mass produced and uniform pieces. The old furniture will bring a unique vibe and will add a bit of character to your place.

There are plenty of ways to revive vintage furniture and appliances you find at estate sales and restore their previous glory and glamour. The new items may need a simple cleaning or a more in-depth approach. You can let your creative side loose with a DIY furniture restoration. There is a wide range of possibilities from staining and repairing to whitewashing and re-upholstering. These projects are fun for the whole family and will give your place a great conversation piece for guests to talk about and will save you some money. Some items that can be revived are as follows:

Funky Couches

If you have one of those fifties-style couches or armchairs, you are lucky! These are one of the most trending pieces right now. All you need is to add a bold coloured fabric to reupholster them and you will have a great statement piece on your hands. You could also revamp them by adding a coat of stain and re-cover the seat cushions only. This process is much simpler and satisfying than re-upholstering. Just pick a new fabric, get a staple gun and some new foam or padding.

Wooden Furniture

Turn the old dining table or other solid wood furniture into a high-class piece. You have many options to revive these wonderful items such as stripping the wood furniture and giving it a new fresh colour. Keep in mind that you need safety equipment like goggles, gloves and good quality respiratory mask. The process will take some time and patience, but the results will be stunning. This is a difficult task and although it’s more cost-efficient to tackle the job yourself, consider professional help if you are unable to do it alone. You can also repaint old cabinets in soothing pastel colours to fit your overall interior and give your pieces that shabby chic feel. You can use latex, milk or oil paint. Whitewashing, liming and pickling are very popular right now. These methods will give this faded and romantic appearance.

Outdoor Furniture

You don’t need special skills or equipment to restore your patio furniture. A few coats of spray paint to get rid of the rust will do the job. Cleaning thoroughly the furniture before applying the paint is a prerequisite.


Don’t underestimate the impact of small improvements to the hardware on your old cabinets. Changing the knobs of your kitchen cupboards or replacing the broken parts on your furniture can entirely change their appearance.

Before undertaking any actions, do your research. You need to know what products and techniques are appropriate for your furniture. Be sure you have a clear idea of what you want your furniture to look like. Otherwise, you may end up with a piece that doesn’t fit your interior. Your restored furniture should nicely match and suit the rest of your decor. If you are planning to paint your new found vintage furniture pieces, test the colour on a little spot first. This will give you some idea of the finished piece will look like. Cleaning the items before working on them will guarantee much better finished results.

Happy hunting on those vintage pieces!

Thanks to our guest blogger Ella who always has great tips and tricks on Estate Sale hunting. More of her work can be found here.