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Refurbish and restore vintage furniture

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Don’t want to splurge on furniture? Turn old vintage pieces into a modern-day work of art.

t When I find interesting old furniture pieces, I try my best to restore them; anything to bring some life back into the piece. I found this vintage Ethan Allen maple desk that someone had attempted to repair. The desk had layers of two different colors (one being an eyesore of a sea-foam green) and five coats of paint. I fell in love with its potential, so I took the desk home with me for $40. It took me a few hours to sand, seal and repaint. Here are a few tricks to modernize the vintage.

tVintage desk and chair, $40. Check flea markets, estate sales or Craigslist.

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Refurbish and restore vintage furniture

What you need:

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  • Sandpaper
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  • Paint remover
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  • 2-inch putty knife
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  • Screwdriver
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  • Primer
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  • Flat white spray paint
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  • Hardware of your choice

Directions:

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t I’m a sucker for gold accents so I used Premium Gold Metallic spray paint for the knobs.

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t Scrape the chunky old paint off using paint remover and the putty knife. Sand the wood for a smooth surface before repainting.

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t Just because it’s old doesn’t mean you need to stick with dated adhesive drawer liners. Be creative.

t Find cool printed fabrics that you love. Use these bold cottons to make accent pillows or to line the inside of your drawers.

t A fun mix of prints adds an element of surprise.

t Style your finished work by adding an accent throw pillow, a vase with fresh flowers and stacked books to create a bright and inviting work space.

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