Recently, my husband and I painted the master bedroom and replaced the carpet with hardwoods. I found a great website to order the hardwoods, www.floorstoyourhome.com. They offer something called, cabin grade, which has some inconsistencies but you just need to order about 20% more than the room measures. The “budget” remodel turned out great, but then I was left with my old bedroom furniture that needed some updating.
This furniture started out the rough unfinished wood style, then I had stained it dark with a glossy finish about 10 years ago. Through the years this chipped in places and began to look pretty worn. Sorry there is no “before” pic…I was in a hurry and forgot to take a good one…
I used a hand sander to remove the high gloss finish and the majority of the underlying stain. Then I went over it with a light clear coat, to protect the wood. By leaving traces of the old stain, it creates a very rich look. The various colors of wood and the stained cracks and edges make it easy to fit into any décor.
I like to mix formal with rustic and then throw in some eclectic items, like the sheep skin rugs on each side of the bed. When we first moved into the house, I purchased the wide white PVC blinds for the majority of the windows. Now I prefer a more subtle look, with the weave or bamboo blinds or just plain fabric panels.
I am truly surprised how much I love the newly refinished set. Furniture shopping is one of my least favorite things to do…right up there with car shopping. I think it’s important to fix, refinish or repurpose older items -cutting down on waste and saving money!