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Effective Ways of Refreshing Your Inherited Furniture
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Effective Ways of Refreshing Your Inherited Furniture

The furniture we inherit from loved ones tends to always hold memories and lots of sentimental value. However, this doesn’t mean that they will immediately fit in with the overall aesthetic scheme of our home. In some cases, the piece may have aged and become too dull, causing it to look out of place in your home.

In this case, it may be worth reaching out to professional furniture restorers like Schryver Restoration.

Thankfully, your inherited and beloved furniture piece doesn’t have to take a back seat in your home. Below are some of the ways you can effectively transform your inherited furniture into a piece that not only stands out but makes your family proud.

Repurpose the Piece

It is not a must that your antique piece of furniture serves the same purpose that it did two or three decades ago. For example, if you’ve inherited an old dining table, you could repurpose it to serve as a chic antique desk for your home office instead of continuing to use its worn surface for meals. You can even take things a step further by adding a sideboard and painting it in a colour that matches the colour scheme of your office.

Refinishing and Painting

If you do not want to repurpose your inherited furniture, one way to give it a new look or restore it to its original vitality is by painting and refinishing. Refinishing is an ideal choice for a piece that is still functional but has lost its shine due to wear and tear over the years. The process involves cleaning, sanding (to remove marks and scratches), staining (painting) and polishing.

The stain or paint color you choose can either be one that stands out against other pieces in the room or complements your home’s aesthetic scheme. In addition to giving your piece a new and refreshed look, refinishing also offers an extra layer of protection for your furniture against further wear and tear from the elements.


This is another great way to transform an old or antique piece of furniture. Examples of furniture pieces that you can reupholster include couches, sofas, living room chairs, bed frames and dining room chairs. A simple reupholstering project you can try is re-covering the seat cushion of inherited dining room chairs.

One of the best things about furniture reupholstering is the availability of a wide range of fabric styles, colors and patterns to choose from. While furniture reupholstering can be a DIY project, hiring a professional restorer is the surefire way to get the best outcome.

Change out Hardware, Legs, and Other Details

Sometimes all that is needed to revive aged furniture is some new furnishings. Instead of getting rid of your old and worn-out inherited furniture, you can invest in some new furnishings such as knobs, overlays, handles and other hardware.


Inherited furniture pieces tend to hold special memories and sentimental value, but they do not always fit in with modern pieces and aesthetics. However, this is not a reason to get rid of them. Repurposing, refinishing, reupholstering, and new hardware are some of the ways that you can refresh your inherited furniture so they fit right in with your home’s interior decor.

Diana Alex
Hello, I'm Diana Alex, and I'm a certified Home Decor & Furnitures blog writer, and I've completed my master's degree from a US university, and I have 5 years of experience writing blog posts. I write on topics including Home Decor & Furniture. My work has been published by various websites such as TechUp99.com, AffairView.com, WikiVice.com, and more.