Reduce, Reuse, Rethink Old Furniture

Use our tips to give your furniture a makeover or revive secondhand treasures.

Revive a termite-damaged table: We took apart this table, trimmed away the most damaged parts (which meant cutting down the legs) and sanded off the old paint (after testing to to be sure it didn’t contain lead). A coat of low-VOC paint and new hardware make a piece perfect for the playroom. Total cost: $60
Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison