Give Reclaimed Furniture a Second Chance

Once you're lucky enough to have reclaimed furniture in your life, it's up to you to decide what to do with it. You can leave it as it is or restore it and adapt it to the style of your home.

Last update: 23 February, 2022

Decorating your home with reclaimed furniture is a way to add value and make the spaces in your home more personal. Do you know how to do this?

Beyond current trends, we often talk about the different ways of adding personality to your home. One of them involves giving certain pieces, such as furniture rescued from a flea market a second chance.

Without a doubt, this type of furniture is special, steeped in history, and usually made from quality materials with exceptional design. This is why it’s a good idea to include them in your home.

The magic of reclaimed furniture

Reclaimed furniture may pass to you through inheritance. Or you may find a treasure at a flea market or auction. Once you’re lucky enough to have it in your life, it’s up to you to decide what to do with it. You can leave it as it is or restore it and adapt it to the style of your home.

The appearance bestowed on these items with the passage of time makes them invaluable. This is why we always advise treating them like treasures and using them to decorate your favorite corners.

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Antique Spanish chairs /

When a piece speaks for itself

If you’re lucky enough to have found a piece of reclaimed furniture that elegantly shows the passage of time, don’t hesitate to decorate your home with it. It doesn’t matter if it doesn’t fit in with the rest of your decor, its own character will make it the center of attention and once it’s in place, it won’t look out of place.

A good way to give that special charm to tie the whole ensemble together is by using spectacular wallpaper that compliments and enhances the room. 

Reclaimed furniture: how to restore it

No matter how much you’ve fallen in love with that special piece of furniture, sometimes it needs a facelift to make it stand the test of time. In addition to cleaning it and giving it a coat of a specific varnish or wax, there’s also the option of renovating it to turn it into something else.

It’s important to check the condition of the fittings, change the handles and even apply a coat of paint. Depending on the piece of furniture, you may need to take it to an expert for a professional renovation.

Decorating with antiques.

Do it yourself

If you like DIY and you’re a dab hand at painting, we encourage you to try and restore it yourself. There are many painting techniques you can use and most of them are quite simple.

Furniture paint requires virtually no surface work, so you can start applying the paint directly to your furniture without needing to sand it first.

Ways to combine reclaimed furniture

A piece as special as a reclaimed piece of furniture can fit into any space. It’s so unique and personal that you won’t need much more. What you’ll get is a shabby chic style that’ll break the mold and bring more dynamism to the space. Eyes will dart straight to that piece of furniture and it’ll tell a story.

Moreover, deco accessories should be the allies to make it stand out and not detract from its prominence. Of course, everything will depend on the style you want to highlight.

For example, for an aged vintage vibe, use brass elements in powdered tones and match them to the particular piece. On the other hand, if you want the modern feel to dominate, let the designer furniture blend in naturally.

Antique furniture.

A reclaimed piece of furniture can change beyond recognition. It can continue to perform the same function for which it was conceived or undergo a radical metamorphosis. Imagine a piece of office furniture transformed into a sideboard or a chest of drawers for the bedroom.

In any case, these pieces are valuable beyond their economic value, since the history they carry in their cracks and crevices goes beyond what any modern manufacturer can give you.

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