Updating A Room With Old Furniture

Ever sit and wonder “How can I change this room without spending too much money?” I do all the time. I change things often and I can’t always go on a shopping spree for new decor. But, I’ve come to realize I like the excitement of these types of challenges.

I don’t like to admit the hours I spend on Pinterest sorting my different inspirations. I like to pick out certain accents and styles. I can’t really put my finger on my exact home style just yet. As you can see in this grainy photo I found on my husband’s phone, I had this black cabinet near my front door entry way. It was purchased from craigslist a couple years ago and came painted with some very thick black paint. If you have been following my feed on Instagram you can tell I have been digging the neutral colors vs darker colors. I still love darker woods but this black just wasn’t cutting it for my new vision of interior decor.

It just so happened that while this cabinet was downstairs near the entry way, we needed a table upstairs in our loft area. I was searching for something good, something mid-century or rattan but functional. A month of searching garage sale sites, thrift shops, etc… I wasn’t finding what I had in mind for the right price. So I decided to find a new purpose for this black cabinet and move it upstairs, But first, this baby needed a face-lift.

I decided to do away with the doors and after a whole can of paint thinner and a day of scraping and sanding we discovered the beautiful light wood surface I was hoping for. If you haven’t already guessed, I have a major love for natural wood and this fit the bill. Of course, it wasn’t what I originally had planned like the mid-century or Rattan, but I fell in love with this piece more than ever!

Although my husband would disagree with me, I have to say these knobs from Hobby Lobby went well with our new piece! Our main purpose for this piece was to store our records and record player, but it’s definitely turned into something much more than that. This whole project cost us less than $30 in supplies including the knobs, We already owned a sander, but that was only $20 at Walmart and it has been a handy tool for projects like this!

Before spending up towards $100+ on new furniture I would highly recommend looking around your space and see what improvements are possible to achieve your desired look. If you ever want to feel inspired aside from Pinterest I suggest hitting up your local second-hand shop a lot of these pieces are from my local goodwills and of course Target, I have come across some amazing finds once I know what I am looking for. I really hope I have inspired you to take on this super fun challenge of updating your room with old furniture pieces!



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