Proof Your Old Furniture Can Still Feel Modern

Don’t let a dated piece take a whole room back in time! HGTV Magazine has ways to transform old furniture into totally fresh finds.

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Photo By: Emily Kate Roemer

Photo By: Emily Kate Roemer

Photo By: Emily Kate Roemer

Photo By: Emily Kate Roemer

Photo By: Emily Kate Roemer

Old Bench, Modern Living Room

Playful pillows and a faux-fur throw take the stuffiness out of a French-style wood bench with a red velvet seat. Set against mod triangle-pattern wallpaper and beneath a gallery wall of fun, colorful prints, old-school seating suddenly looks very now.

Pillows (from left): Denim pillow, $74, calhounandconyc.com; Loloi Ogee pillow, $44, wayfair.com; Throw: Tejn faux-fur rug, $15, ikea.com; Rug: Harper Denim 5' x 7' rug, $398, serenaandlily.com; Art (clockwise from top left): Orange Rush by Lisa McLean framed print, $48, minted.com; Modern Minimalist unframed digital print, $7, lilaxlola.etsy.com; Say Yes unframed print, $18, banquetworkshop.com; LA Palms by Kate Baird unframed print, $44, minted.com; Cha Cha Cha by Picomodi unframed giclee print, $37, society6.com; Basket: Joya basket, $70, cb2.com; Wallpaper: Triangle Print wallpaper, $108 per panel, katezarembacompany.com

Old Lamp, Modern Entry

A cut glass lamp loses its fussy vibe thanks to a new black drum shade (cool detail: The inside is gold!). Paired with an industrial burnished-metal chair, large-scale abstract art, and a sleek green dresser, the once froufrou light is ready to shine like it’s 2018.

Dresser: Midcentury Modern painted dresser in green, $1,879, urbangreenfurniture.com; Art: Impossible Contour Map by Picomodi unframed giclee print, $68, society6.com; Chair: Threshold Carlisle High Back chair, $80, target.com; Lampshade: Drum lampshade, $78, justlampshades.com; Vase: Ferm Living Hexagon vase, $39, amara.com; Hardware: Elroy cabinet knobs, $25 each, rejuvenation.com; Wall Color: Extra White by Sherwin-Williams

Old Pottery, Modern Bookcase

Classic chinoiserie vases and jars get a hip upgrade on shelves backed with graphic pink-and-white wallpaper. Metallic touches including a faceted vase and a resin Yay sculpture made to look like helium balloons further freshen the traditional ceramics.

Art: Yellow Geometric unframed digital print, $6.50, ojudesign.etsy.com; Sculpture: 8 Oak Lane Yay Balloon shelf art, $38, shopwaitingonmartha.com; Vases: Omaggio vase in white and silver, $40, unisonhome.com; Obon vase, $15, cb2.com; Baskets: Pink Swirl Plateau basket, $60, indegoafrica.org; Zakia basket, $40, atelierboemia.com; Wallpaper: Little Fish Hexagon Trellis wallpaper, $90 per single roll, spoonflower.com

Old Nightstand, Modern Bedroom

An antique oak side table looks more present day when it’s paired with an up-to-date seagrass headboard and charcoal gray walls. Other trendy accents include oversize black-and-white-check bedding and a chic brass globe lamp.

Headboard: Braided Seagrass queen headboard, $349, grandinroad.com; Bedding: Gingham duvet cover, $238, sheet set, $238, and euro shams, $78 each, all serenaandlily.com; Throw Pillow: Vintage Kilim pillow cover, $56 (exact styles vary), rugandrelic.com; Basket: 9 ¾"H x 13"-diameter rattan planter, $69, cb2.com; Throw: Seaport Herringbone blanket, $119, katespade.com; Lamp: Cappi lamp, $110, safaviehhome.com; Rug: NuLoom Moroccan Trellis 5' x 7' rug, $154, overstock.com; Ampersand: Marquee Ampersand sign, $35, londongrace boutique.com; Wall Color: Grays Harbor by Sherwin-Williams

Old Desk, Modern Office

Pull up a sunny powder-coated chair and take a dark wood secretary-style desk into the future! Add wallpaper in a big, bold, daring print, plus a can’t-miss-it calendar, and you have a stylish blend of old and new.

Chair: Flash Furniture chair, $83, bedbathandbeyond.com; Calendar: 2018 Retro calendar, $32, yumalum.etsy.com; Lamp: JAlexander Lighting Frisco lamp, $189, nordstrom.com; Rug: Dash & Albert Two Tone Rope 5' x 8' rug, $738, annieselke.com; Wastebasket: Wire bin, $70, menudesignshop.com; Clock: Flip clock, $99, schoolhouse.com; Wallpaper: Shaping Up wallpaper, $40 per panel, chasingpaper.com

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