Make Old Furniture New Again With These 18 Tips

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Grandma’s chairs, a thrift shop table, and a second-hand buffet can spell high fashion and “haute decor” with a little paint and ingenuity. No special talents are needed — just old clothes and a paintbrush or spray can. Here are 17 traffic-stopping ways to brighten up a home with color, using slightly dowdy hand-me-downs, found furniture, flea market treasures and a quirky imagination.

1. Never pass up cheap, sturdy old wooden chairs.

Build a collection of mismatched models, all painted a unifying bright color. With a modern glass-topped table, your dining room will be fit for any banquet, on a budget.

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