I love revamping older pieces of furniture over purchasing new almost every time! For me, the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages. If you are unsure about revamping furniture, here is a few reasons to convince you.
Extending the life cycle
Furniture is designed with function and aesthetics in mind.
When the aesthetics no longer appeal, you are faced with the option to replace or refurbish. By revamping an older piece of furniture you make a conscious choice to extend the life cycle of the piece rather than discarding or putting in storage.
I'm a firm believer in using what you have and recycling or upcycling as far as possible! By working with the existing piece rather than throwing it away and purchasing new you are doing your bit for the planet. One less tree is chopped down, thus eliminating saw mills, air pollution, and thus reducing your carbon footprint. The products I use have super low VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds) which means less nasty chemicals in the air and less atmospheric photochemical reactions.
One of the key considerations when revamping a piece is the potential finish. There are so many options, however, it is important to look at where the piece will live in your home. Even though at this point the older piece of furniture may not work with the existing style, the existing style will assist in determining the direction of the revamp. Once the older furniture is revamped it will be a great focal point and conversation piece!