There are lots of reasons to buy antique and vintage pieces, but one of my favorites is the ability to transform a piece of furniture to suit your style and decor. Wood furniture can be transformed with a paint brush or new stain and upholstered furniture can be updated with new fabric. The key is to find a well-made, quality piece and update to suit your taste. Check back for more indicators of good quality furniture that's worth the effort to refinish or reupholster. Until then, enjoy these before-and-after photos.
Before; Nice quality
After; Blue paint and new hardware instantly update this entry dresser
Before; Ugly green velvet!
After; Same classic shape, but updated fabric
Before; Traditional sideboard
After; White paint lightens the dark look from before
Photos from Southern Living Magazine