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How To Rescue Old Furniture Pieces

Architect Allen Oblena shares a few must-read tips

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Photography: Pexels.com/Unsplash (Main Photo) and Allen Oblena

Whether it's a hand-me-down or a garage sale find, we all have that one piece that we absolutely love. It would have been a great conversation starter or a happily ever after, except for one major glitch—it looks tired and out of place in your home. Worry no more, since parting is too much of a sorrow, you can breathe new life into your beloved piece!

Architect and designer Allen Oblena shares with us his creative process as well as some tricks of the trade. If you're new to this craft, don't fret! Allen encourages you to try your hand at DIY. “I would say, DIY with reckless abandon! Google makes all things possible. But realistically, if you consider the skillset and amount of time needed (for example, upholstery works) to finish a project, it would be better to hire someone else,” he shares.

Since things often don't turn out the way we plan it to be, don't give up. Keep on trying! “Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get it right the first time. Mistakes will eventually happen—it can be as simple as shortage in fabric or as complicated as buying a piece with deteriorating construction joints. Learning takes time,” Allen adds.

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Are you ready to rescue your furniture? Take note of these reminders from Allen:

1. Look around the house for a piece you can make-over.

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