For true connoisseurs of durable and high-quality products, as well as for creative, thinking people, remodeling old furniture has always been of particular interest.
Once before, fashion was not so changeable, there was no particular variety of materials for making furniture, so furniture, in most cases, was made from environmentally friendly wood and was made very soundly, with the expectation of future generations.
But even if the furniture is not wooden, but simply ceased to fit into your understanding of style, or you are a lover of constant change, there is an excellent way out.
You do not need to rush to the store or get rid of old, faded or damaged furniture. After simple manipulations, it can not only serve you a long time, but can also become a non-standard and completely new addition to the interior of your home. We just have to make a little effort and pay attention to some ideas suggested by those for whom making their own furniture is a familiar and favorite affair.
Alteration of kitchen furniture is one of the most expensive repair or design options. In the kitchen, the owner of the house spends a lot of time, so I want your ideas not to become her disappointment, but, on the contrary, inspire new culinary masterpieces.
There are many technologies for updating kitchen furniture, but the main condition is to comply with the following rules:
- The materials used in the work in the kitchen should be environmentally friendly.
- If the plans have a change in the color of the surfaces, select only high-quality paint that is resistant to mechanical stress, temperature changes and moisture so that the updated furniture does not lose its presentation too quickly.
- Resistance to aggressive chemistry is also required if the hostess uses it when cleaning.
- Remember that dirt and fingerprints are not so visible on frosted surfaces.
- Finishing materials should not absorb odors.
- It is necessary to provide that the places that are most often contaminated in kitchen furniture are made of easily washable materials.
- The number of trim parts should be minimal. Do not complicate the cleaning process. In addition, the jumble of decorative elements in the end can simply bore the hostess.
- The back and the ends of the furniture should be treated as carefully as well-visible surfaces: doors, walls, furniture. This will extend the life of the cabinets.
- If the existing accessories are comfortable, you should not replace it. Just adjust. Often in the Soviet kitchen furniture are quite good locks and interesting vintage handles.
Therefore, focus on external surfaces. The walls of the cabinet can generally be located between other pieces of furniture, but the facade can be made very impressive. Decoupage and acrylic in pastel colors will help to achieve incredible results. Looks great wardrobe with decorative leatherette details.
In the same way as the countertop on the dresser, you can arrange and the working surface of the kitchen table. In addition, this work surface can be increased if necessary by using fiberboard or larger plywood, on which, again, the tiles are glued.
Often, the tile remains after the repair, and it can also be purchased at sales in supermarkets or at lower prices from construction store balances to save money. After all, this is one of the main goals: the alteration of old furniture should keep the family budget!
The legs of the old stools and chairs can be painted or painted to your liking. It all depends on the style in which the whole room is made.
If the seating is solid, you can make them more comfortable by using pieces of foam rubber and artificial leather. A stapler with metal straps helps you do this work quickly and efficiently.
The upper part of the stools, which has become unusable, can be replaced at all, of course, if the legs are still in good condition. It may remain solid, but you can change its shape. For example, instead of square, kitchen stools will become round.
Having updated everything that you have planned, in the places that the hostess will indicate, add a few extra shelves made from scrap materials or residues.
Interesting shelves are obtained from sliding wooden drawers of Soviet desks.
First, unplug the bottom of the box (most often, it is a fiberboard 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 to use. Add a few more small shelves inside, and now jars of spices can be stored here compactly, and if you screw small hooks at the bottom, you can hang kitchen towels, tea cups or coffee cups on the shelf.
Ideas for the improvement of furniture in the kitchen can tell the hostess herself. She knows best of all what exactly she 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 tastier! Rest assured!
Freshen up the bedroom
The bedrooms of the Soviet era and later versions, but also out of fashion, will be an excellent basis for modern and comfortable bedroom furniture.
For example, the type of wooden parts of the bed (or made of chipboard) can be made completely different if sheathed them with artificial leather or upholstery fabric, having previously put foam rubber under it or unnecessary soft fabric rolled up in several layers.
Carefully inspect the mattress. In the Soviet bedroom, mattresses, as a rule, were spring-loaded. In the event that the mattress has not yet failed, you can clean it well, then sew a new case with elastic bands, which will hide all the shortcomings of the aged fabric of a good-quality mattress.
Living room, study
It is not at all necessary to throw out from the room headsets and an old-fashioned sofa. From the old Soviet polished wall you can get just a unique shelving, or an open bookcase, if you remove the facades and make them additional internal shelves.
After treating the wall with sandpaper, glue it inside and outside with smooth or textured wallpaper, remaining, for example, after repair. Gently glue all the bends, and then varnish the surface. That is how unsightly old-fashioned walls turn into real designer products.
Remaking upholstered furniture occupation is also interesting, but more difficult. If you decide on self-constriction of the corner or soft part, first carefully inspect how the upholstery was fastened at the factory. In order not to be mistaken, you can take pictures of some sections before tearing off the old upholstery. Do not throw it away. The old upholstery is useful in order to remove the pattern for it from the new upholstery material. It is very easy to work with fabrics that are well shaped and which easily fit staples. It is the most convenient stapler to fix the new material on the old design.
To rework soft furniture, especially if the corner or sofa is in the office, you can use leather as an upholstery. Such furniture looks very presentable. It is non-marking and very convenient to use.
On old computer chairs, the fabric part is also changing elementally. You can choose the color of the fabric you need and, having unwound a few screws, make a wonderful transformation of the worn chair into a bright element of the interior. A brush, a special paint of a certain purpose and the desired color will make both a computer and a desk with undisputed works of art!