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3 ways to refresh your old furniture

Giving your favourite pieces a refresh is a great way to breathe some new life into your home without spending a ton of money. Not to mention, you get to flex your creative muscles a bit. Try one of these ideas (or all, if you’re feeling crafty) to give your space a personal touch.

A newly made over metal cabinet sits against a graphically painted wall.
A newly made over metal cabinet sits against a graphically painted wall.

Wrap it up

Give a chair a softer look with the help of some paint and yarn. First, choose your colour palette. Paint the chair with a few coats in a well-ventilated space and let it dry. When it’s no longer wet, get going with your yarn. We chose cotton spaghetti, a thicker yarn with lots of give, and a more modern look. Wrap the sides and the back so that the string fits snugly. Knot the end and have a seat!

An old chair is ready to be painted and wrapped with yarn, to give it a new, more personal look.
    A woman's hand gives new life to an old chair by painting it in a new green colour.
      A GIF shows yarn being wrapped around the back of a newly painted and dried chair.

        Modern vintage

        Give a metal cabinet a vintage feeling by giving it two coats of fresh spraypaint (make sure you’re in a well-ventilated area!). When it’s done drying, the result should be a textured look. Now, with two paint brushes and two cans of paint, one in the same shade you sprayed the cabinet with and one a rusty brown, begin to alternately dab your cabinet with each colour. Once you’ve got your desired effect, let it dry. Lastly, roughen up the edges with some sand paper, and if you really want the full effect, you can even paint the keys brown, as well.

        A white metal IKEA PS cabinet is ready to be painted using different coloured cans of spray paint.
          A woman spray paints a white metal IKEA PS cabinet blue to give it a different look.
            A woman dabs brown paint on a metal IKEA PS cabinet to change the look.

              “Working with the IKEA PS cabinet was such a blast. I’m used to making things look new, so creating a vintage style was both challenging and fun.”

              Geneviève Jorn

              A made-over bedside table with a lamp and some vases on it stands next to a bed.

              A touch of felt

              Making a bedside table more bedroom friendly can be as simple as adding a bit of felt. And again, a fresh coat of paint (it magically transforms almost much anything). Start by removing the knobs or handles, smoothing the holes with some spackle, and painting your table, letting it dry completely. When it’s done, cut a strip of felt to make your new handle, and fasten it with new screws. We spray painted ours for a vintage look, but you could also seek out genuine vintage hardware. Lastly, measure the interior of the drawers and cut a piece of felt to line the bottom.

              A bedside table waits to be brush painted with a tin of brown paint, and have a felt drawer liner added.
                A woman paints a bedside table using a brush and brown paint to give it a new look.
                  The drawer of a bedside table is lined with grey felt and has a felt handle.

                    We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

                    Made by
                    Photographer: Micke Persson
                    Interior designer: Geneviève Jorn
                    Writer: Vanessa Algotsson