How to: Modernize with Color

DIY + How To

The end of the year and the beginning of the new one brings the desire to “freshen up” your interior spaces. Looking around your home, if you don’t see a lot that you like, take a minute before you start “out with the old-ing” and “in with the new-ing.” There just might be some hope yet for your old things.

Many folks end up with a number of found items and hand-me-downs that don’t fit their personal design style. This can be for a number of reasons, whether the piece is damaged in some way or, especially if you are a lover of the modern aesthetic, if the pieces in your home posess not-so-modern details (old, traditional case goods, we’re looking at you).

There exists in the DIY toolbox a tip so simple, so surprising, that it’s been around for ages. Easy to do, fun to implement, could modernizing your existing furniture with color be just the thing to freshen up your space for the new year?

The idea is simple: take a piece of furniture you don’t like anymore. Paint it all one bold, modern (preferably glossy, but matte will do) color. Enjoy! (Oh you need actual how-to instructions? We love eHow’s video series of how to refinish furniture; they have a video for every need!)

Is this idea too simple? Have you incorporated this idea with a piece in your home? Tell us in the comments below how you modernize with color!

Images: All taken from 1stdibs.com. Want or need more inspiring photos to look at? Search for “lacquered” under furniture and lighting.
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  1. Jennifer

    Dec 9, 2010 at 7:57 am

    I’m trying to find the turguoise cabinet on 1stdibs.com, but having no luck. If you could share a link (assuming it’s still there), that would be great!

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