Pieces with Polish
If you have ever gazed at a piece of your furniture and thought, "It's okay, but it would be fabulous if only it had...," read on. (If you haven't, I hope you'll read on anyway.) These days, we're so conditioned to throw things out. If the finish is outdated or the fabric is ugly, we think it's done for. But there's almost always an opportunity to do something sensational with an old piece.
The oak pieces (a desk and chair set, left, a large dining table, and an armoire) were stripped and given a ceruse finish, which forces wax into the grain, creating a salt-and-pepper effect. The dining chairs, left, also found new life. Velvet cushions made the 1930s design feel just modern enough. The bench, once covered in a dull gray, went from dreary to classic, thanks to a linen fabric with just a hint of sheen.