NORTH’s Top Tips: How To Make Your Old Furniture Feel Fabulous!

Article by Lauren & Louise Co-Founders of NORTH

With the introduction of new affordable, easy to assemble, flat packed furniture being delivered direct to your doorstep, more and more homes are dumping the old and bringing in the new.

However, the old comes untold stories, memories and unique features which should be cherished and admired.

Image via @devolkitchens on Instagram

At NORTH, we are advocates of mixing the old with the new to enhance any interior space.

Up-cycling is the best way to breathe a new lease of life into that unsought after furniture and we’re going to show you how!

1. Pick Up a Paintbrush

Paint is the most variable of finishes when it comes to interiors, so we always encourage clients to have fun with it – remember, you can paint over it!

Image of co-founder Louise, via NORTH
Image of co-founder Louise, via NORTH

We recently up-cycled an old chair that was unused in our studio. We painted half of the chair in Colourtrends ‘Micropolis’ to create the definition between old and new.

Use Frog Tape to ensure a straight even line is achieved between the timber and paint, as you can see Louise demonstrating in the image above.

Image of NORTH's Goatstown project
Image of NORTH’s Goatstown project

The chair later found a new home in our Goatstown Project pictured above.

2. Add Decorative Detail

A fabulous way to further your up-cycling process is to add decorative handles to your furniture pieces.

Adding these decorative handles to your existing or newly painted console tables, bedside lockers or chest of drawers, is a great way add that interesting or glamorous touch.

Image via Pinterest

Add polished chrome, brass or mirrored handles for a sophisticated look, try handprinted, ceramic handles for a more bohemian or country feel.

3. Wallpaper

Wallpaper is making a strong comeback, with daring designs and tropical vibes you’re sure to find a print to make an impact!

Images via Pinterest
Images via Pinterest

Add interest to an antique glass cabinet by adding a tropical pop to the interior.

If you’re feeling extra bold, add wallpaper to the exterior panel insert of your bedroom wardrobe – a definite eye catcher!

Get the look with NORTH’s top picks:

1. Castanea Wallpaper in White (£185, House of Hackney)
2. Bira Ceramic Knob – Blue (£4.95 – £5.95, Nkuku)
3. Micropolis 0472 (prices vary, Colourtrend)
4. Door knob with raised leaf design 2 pack (€9.99, Zara Home)
5. Flamingos (€23, Wallpaper Direct)
6. Bramble (prices vary, Colourtrend)

Lauren & Louise x

LAUREN & LOUISE NORTH DESIGNIndulgeMe.ieNORTH, a Dublin based design studio specialising in Interior Architecture, Interior Design and Creative Direction co-founded by Lauren Martin & Louise Rankin.

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