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5 Extremely Satisfying Furniture Makeovers

This architect's amazing before and after photos show us how we can salvage any furniture piece, no matter how shabby

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Photography: Allen Oblena

If you’ve ever been to a surplus shop looking for secondhand furniture, you’ve probably divided the store finds in your mind into “pwede na” or “patapon na.”

For architect Allen Oblena, however, no furniture piece is too disheveled to be saved. “When I am on the lookout for furniture, I always go for the potential, and not the initial appearance,” he says.

Allen, who has made it his mission to “rescue” old furniture, collects these old pieces, no matter how beat up. He then repairs, reupholsters, and refinishes each piece to its former glory—or upcycles it into an entirely new furniture piece—and uses them in his own home, or sells it in his store, the aptly named Rescued Furniture (below).


Here are some of his more dramatic furniture befores and afters:

From dated maroon to updated Tiffany blue

The old-fashioned, dark maroon damask makes this look like it came from your worst tita nightmares. But this wing chair has beautiful bones, and it is instantly updated with simple, Tiffany blue upholstery. 

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