For real connoisseurs of durable and high-quality products, as well as for creative, thinking people, remaking old furniture has always been of special interest.
Once upon a time the fashion was not so changeable, there was no special variety of materials for making furniture, so the furniture, in most cases, was made of environmentally friendly wood and made very soundly, with the expectation of future generations.
But even if the furniture is not wooden, but simply does not fit into your understanding of the style, or you are a fan of constant change, there is a wonderful way out.
Do not rush into the store or get rid of old, faded or damaged furniture. After simple manipulations, it can not only serve you for a long time, but will also become a non-standard and absolutely new addition to the interior of your home. It will only be necessary to make small efforts and pay attention to some ideas suggested by those for whom the alteration of furniture with their own hands is a familiar and beloved thing.
Renewing the kitchen
Remodeling kitchen furniture refers to the most expensive options for repair or decoration. In the kitchen, the hostess spends a lot of time, so you want your ideas not to become her disappointment, but, on the contrary, inspired by new culinary masterpieces.
There are many technologies to update kitchen furniture, but the main condition is to observe the following rules:
- Materials used in the kitchen should be environmentally friendly.
- If the plans have a discoloration of the surfaces, select only high-quality paint, resistant to mechanical stress, temperature and moisture changes, so that the updated furniture has not lost its presentation too quickly.
- Resistance to aggressive chemistry is also mandatory, if the hostess uses it during harvesting.
- Remember that on matte surfaces, dirt and fingerprints are not so visible.
- Finishing materials should not absorb odors.
- It must be ensured that the places that are most often contaminated in kitchen furniture are made of easily washable materials.
- The number of finishes must be minimal. Do not complicate the cleaning process. In addition, a heap of decorative elements in the end can easily tire the landlady.
- The back part and the ends of the furniture should be treated as carefully as the well-visible surfaces: doors, walls, fittings. This will extend the life of the cabinets.
- If the existing hardware is already convenient, it should not be replaced. Just adjust. Often in Soviet kitchen furniture are quite good locks and interesting vintage handles.
Kitchen cupboard, chest of drawers. Let's start with them
The mistress, accustomed to the order, knowing the place of each kitchen accessory, will be only grateful to you if her favorite kitchen cupboard, all the drawers, doors and shelves of which she already knows by touch, will not change her location. If the closet is comfortable, the owner, most likely, will also be against, if the alteration touches its design.
Therefore, pay special attention to the outer surfaces. The walls of the cabinet can generally be located between other pieces of furniture, but the facade can be made very effective. Decoupage and acrylic in pastel colors will help achieve incredible results. Looks great cabinet with decorative details of leatherette.
Chests can also be painted, and the countertops on them are sealed with ceramic tiles or mosaic. After such registration, any table top will have a rich look and become more comfortable and practical in operation. Now, in order to put a hot kettle on the chest of drawers, special stands will not be needed.
In the same way, as a countertop on the chest of drawers, it is possible to decorate the working surface of the kitchen table. In addition, this working surface can be increased if necessary by using a fiberboard or larger plywood, on which, again, the tiles are glued.
Often the tiles remain after repair, and also it can be purchased on sales in supermarkets or at lower prices from leftovers in construction stores to save money. After all, this is one of the main goals: remaking old furniture should save the family's budget!
If the old table has a round shape and takes, in your opinion, a lot of space, you can cut it on one side (or on two opposite sides), giving the table an interesting, non-standard shape, and then put a smooth edge against the wall. Use trimmed parts to make original shelves.
Legs of old stools and chairs can be painted or painted to your liking. It all depends on the style in which the entire room is completed.
If the seats are hard, you can make them more comfortable, using pieces of foam rubber and artificial leather. Stapler with metal straps will help to make this work quickly and efficiently.
The top of the stools, which has become unusable, can generally be replaced, of course, if the legs are still in good condition. It can remain firm, but you can change its shape. For example, instead of square kitchen stools will become round.
Let's look around
After updating everything that you have planned, in the places that the landlady will point out, add a few additional shelves made from improvised materials or leftovers.
Interesting shelves are obtained from sliding wooden boxes of Soviet desks.
First, detach the bottom of the box (most often, it's a hardboard or thin plywood). After you turn the wooden frame of the box into a vertical position, you will immediately see what a wonderful open shelf, almost ready for use. Add in a few more shelves and now here can be compactly stored jars of spices, and if you screw in the small hooks below, you can hang on the shelf kitchen towels, tea mugs or coffee cups.
Ideas for improving furniture in the kitchen can prompt and the owner herself. She knows best what it lacks for convenience. Of course, you will have to work a little, but after your work on changing the furniture design, the dishes cooked in the renovated kitchen will become even more delicious! Rest assured!
We refresh the bedroom
Bedrooms of the Soviet era and later versions, but also out of fashion, will be an excellent basis for modern and cozy bedroom furniture.
For example, the appearance of the wooden parts of the bed (or made of chipboard) can be made completely different if you trim them with artificial leather or upholstery fabric, having preliminarily put foam under it or an unnecessary soft cloth folded into several layers.
Inspect the mattress carefully. In the Soviet bedroom mattresses, as a rule, were spring. In the event that the mattress has not yet failed, you can clean it well, then sew a new cover on elastic bands, w
hich will hide all the shortcomings of the aged tissue of a good mattress.
If the main part of the sleeping place has become unusable, somewhere springs out the springs, and somewhere even the fabric is broken, try to repair it. Pulling springs is not such a difficult task.
If there are puffs in the bedroom, they can also be updated by changing the fabric to a new one. Option can be a new fabric cover. This will even be a more correct decision. Removable cover can be regularly washed, which is very convenient and practical.
The wardrobe can be made unrecognizable by pasting it with wallpaper or a special film. If the bedroom is a small size, an additional mirror, fixed on the cabinet door, will help visually increase the room, creating a sense of additional space. Also, the wardrobe can be decorated by gluing pieces of wallpaper only on its doors. Leave on the edge of the "field", and pasted pieces of wallpaper glue along the perimeter of the glaze or decorative curtain made of polyurethane. This solution will be particularly appropriate if the bedroom has similar eaves on the ceiling.
Living room, study
You do not need to throw out headsets and an old-fashioned sofa at one stroke. From the old Soviet polished wall, you can simply make a unique rack, or an open bookcase, if you remove the facades and make them additional internal shelves.
After processing the walls with sandpaper, cover it inside and outside with smooth or textured wallpaper, which have remained, for example, after repair. Carefully glue all the bends, then cover the surface with varnish. That's how unsightly old-fashioned walls turn into real designer products.
The conversion of soft furniture is also an interesting lesson, but more complex. If you decide to self-tighten the corner or soft part, first carefully examine how the upholstery was fixed in the factory. In order not to be mistaken, you can photograph some areas before you tear off the old upholstery. Do not throw it away. The old upholstery is useful to remove the pattern for the new upholstery material. It is very easy to work with fabrics that take the right shape well and easily include staples. It is the stapler that is most convenient to fix the new material on the old structure.
To rework soft furniture elements, especially if a corner or sofa is in your office, you can use a leather imitation leather as an upholstery. Such furniture looks very presentable. It is unmarketable and very user-friendly.
On the old computer chairs, the tissue part is also changed elementary. You will be able to pick up the fabric you need and, having unrolled a few screws, make a wonderful transformation of a shabby chair into a bright element of the interior. A brush, a special paint of a certain purpose and the right color will make both computer and writing desk indisputable works of art!
This is just a tiny fraction of what can be done with old furniture. Remember that good ideas often come in the process of work. Remaking old furniture can suddenly turn into an exciting creative process, which brings incredible pleasure. Inspirations to you!