What's Old is New Again?!!

By
Home Stager with Abella Home Staging & Redesign

What's old is new again? Have you noticed lately how everything is going "Green" including design? Refurbish, reuse, reclaim just about anything!! And why not? Going Green not only saves the planet, it eliminates a of lot waste in the landfill. As a stager and redesigner, I'm always on the look out to save my clients money. What better way than to use or re-use what they already have? But if you need to buy items, check out your local savage yards. They have great finds!!

My personal favorite is reclaimed lumber. One in particular that is gaining momentum is reclaimed barn doors. I've started to see them more and more. I happen to love the look.

 

Real Sliding Hardware


Another personal favorite, reclaim fireplace mantles. Something about wood and stone!! Love the look and feel of it.

 

Elemental Restoration & Design

 

Another way to re-use is antiquing. Many people today love antiquing. If you know how to shop and you know what you need, you can find great deals out there. But don't buy anything unless you have a place to put it, or it will clutter your space. I happened to find this table. It was priced at $15 but needed some tender loving care. I was up to the challenge!!

 

Table before Refinishing!

 

Got to work and decided to paint it silver. First step was sanding. Not to the bare wood, just enough to make the paint stick. Then I primed it, one coat. Finally I spray painted it sliver, using Rustoluem paint. Very easy to use. Just make sure you get all the sides!!

 

Here is is primed and painted!!

 

Last step was adding mirrors. Went to the local glass and mirror store, Clear Image Glass and had them make the top. Originally I though I could cut the smaller pieces for the side and glue them on, but it proved more of a challenge than expected, so I had them do it. Glad I did; they did a wonderful job!!

 

All dressed up!!

 

The finished product turned out better then I expected. The mirrors costed me $54 for the top (including the mirror for the side, which I did not do) and $30 for the side. Altogether I spent less then $100 to get this finished product. If you were to price this out retail, it would cost at least $275, depending on were you purchased it. 

So next time you think about throwing away old furniture or buying new wood, take a moment and think. Can this be saved? Not only will it save you money and be "Green" but it will give you bragging rights, which is always nice!!

 

Comments (16)

Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Wow, I love the job you did on that table Carmela, you made a dumpy old piece of furniture into something very chic for such an excellent price. Amazing work, that's talent.

Aug 14, 2012 12:48 AM
Carmela Abella
Abella Home Staging & Redesign - Port Jefferson Station, NY

Thanks Malcom, it was fun watching an old piece of furniture turn into something so beautiful, kind of like the ugly duck!!

Aug 14, 2012 01:01 AM
Karen Ellis
Refreshing Homes - Home Staging Maryland - Ellicott City, MD
Home Stager - Howard County MD/Central MD

Carmela, Love how you took a very traditional, mahogany table and turned it into a great contemporary piece that could be used anywhere. Great job!

Aug 14, 2012 04:20 AM
Carmela Abella
Abella Home Staging & Redesign - Port Jefferson Station, NY

Thanks Karen, I love making traditional pieces more contemporary. It's kind of like mixing old and new together.

Aug 14, 2012 05:03 AM
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

How inspirational you are, Carmela!  Thanks for sharing this successful transformaton!

Aug 14, 2012 05:14 AM
Carmela Abella
Abella Home Staging & Redesign - Port Jefferson Station, NY

Julia, glad you were inspired!! It was a lot of fun doing this project!!

Aug 14, 2012 05:31 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Carmela ~ this table is a fantastic example of taking an old table and making it into something fresh, modern, and very appealing -- nice job!!  Thanks for sharing how you did it, too.

Aug 14, 2012 06:14 AM
Carmela Abella
Abella Home Staging & Redesign - Port Jefferson Station, NY

Maureen, it was so much fun and satisfying , I'm on the lookout for more treasures!!

Aug 14, 2012 07:49 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Very nice!!  I've refinished many pieces of furniture, but never thought of using mirror on them....thanks for that idea!  Love it!!

Aug 14, 2012 08:36 AM
Carmela Abella
Abella Home Staging & Redesign - Port Jefferson Station, NY

Sharon, wish I could take credit for the idea but someone else gave me the idea. So I'm paying it forward!! Happy hunting!!

Aug 14, 2012 11:03 AM
Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Carmela - Wow, this table is now very glamorous.  Love the step by step photos and explanation.  This is definitely a 'must try' project.

Aug 14, 2012 02:48 PM
Carmela Abella
Abella Home Staging & Redesign - Port Jefferson Station, NY

Sally It was very easy to do. Especially since i didn't do the side mirrors!!

Aug 14, 2012 08:53 PM
Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Beautiful! I can hardly believe that that end table started out the way it did!

Congratulations. Your "transformations" are being featured in the group Staging Before and After Pictures.

Kathy

Aug 14, 2012 09:38 PM
Carmela Abella
Abella Home Staging & Redesign - Port Jefferson Station, NY

Thanks Kathy, It's amazing once you do a project like this, you want to do more!! Out looking for great deals!!

Aug 14, 2012 09:42 PM
Rhonda Hay Rawlins
Glastonbury Home Staging - Glastonbury, CT

Carmela - Love this idea! What a great job, thanks so much for sharing. I'm ready to go out and hunt for an old table now.

Aug 16, 2012 07:42 AM
Carmela Abella
Abella Home Staging & Redesign - Port Jefferson Station, NY

Rhonda, I gotta warn you it's additive!! Happy hunting!!

Aug 16, 2012 10:29 AM