June 2012 archive

Before and After Inspirations

I have been recently fascinated and in love with furniture makeovers. I initially loathe anything old, rusty, dusty, dirty and I absolutely have zero appreciation for vintage stuff especially furniture.

I actually didn’t understand why my uncle wanted my late grandaunt’s antique furniture when I was younger. He was even willing to pay thousands for those  dark, lonely-looking, bulky chairs, bed and dressers. Now that I want them since I got inspired to do makeovers myself, I realize that those antiques really have great value. I am checking sulit.com.ph everyday, praying for someone ignorant like me to post a vintage item for less than P2,000 for the sake of  just desperately wanting to get rid of the old stuff. Well, unlucky me, everyone seem to know their value. A single victorian chair costs P9,000 already! How come those American bloggers find vintage dressers and tables in garage sales for $30? They can even fish something out of a dumpster! Don’t the throwers know that hard wood’s value appreciates?

Anyway, these pictures are real inspirations. These are commonly found in local households so I hope you can get ideas here before you decide to throw out your old things. But if you still want them out, ehem, ehem, I’m here! :)

A worn headboard and footboard has other use aside for the bed.

BEFORE

Learn how to turn it into a charming love seat here

AFTER

If your grandparents’ house still holds a depressing solihiya chair like this, grab one (or two) quickly, paint it with a bright, fun color and top it with a cheery, printed cushion.

 

See what Kelly from The Ridiculous Redhead had done with her old dresser. I just love the stenciled detail. So simple yet stunning!

I think I have something like this, same old yellowish white color dresser when I was a kid. i really wish we have kept our old furnitures…

Solihiya chairs are really a thing of the past. I don’t know about you, but this is one thing I can never appreciate. I don’t know why others even bother to restore them unless they want to create a nostalgic atmosphere in their homes. So here’s another great idea for such chairs without being stuck in your great/grandparents’ era.

Too bad, the link where this was originally posted isn’t working anymore. But great job though, Stephanie from The Handy Life.

When you hate varnished wood furniture like I do, all you have to do is simply grab a can of glossy white spray paint! (Varnished furniture just don’t suit my personality. It screams classic, outdated elegance for me. I guess I’m not really a vintage fan at all. But what I love about vintage is the intricate details that seem to say “made by a craftsman”, unlike today’s furniture that say “mass-produced by underpaid workers in China.” With a fresh coat of paint, there’s a compromise!)

Take it from Zandi of Radical Possibility. The nightstand was from a hotel surplus and I think we have the same taste. Heehee! If I ever found something like this, I would do the same except I’d paint the “dip” with a different color.

I hope this inspired you to salvage old furniture. Those old pieces that you so ignore have withstood time. They are not made of MDF (the compressed cork looking wood commonly used today that’s why you can buy a cabinet for P3000. They are always laminated with formica board to give a faux-wood look. And when another Ondoy hits the city, you can say goodbye to your piece) but rather hard wood that will definitely be there no matter how many floods came along. I wish, I have one though…


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