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

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,; Art: Impossible Contour Map by Picomodi unframed giclee print, $68,; Chair: Threshold Carlisle High Back chair, $80,; Lampshade: Drum lampshade, $78,; Vase: Ferm Living Hexagon vase, $39,; Hardware: Elroy cabinet knobs, $25 each,; 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,; Sculpture: 8 Oak Lane Yay Balloon shelf art, $38,; Vases: Omaggio vase in white and silver, $40,; Obon vase, $15,; Baskets: Pink Swirl Plateau basket, $60,; Zakia basket, $40,; Wallpaper: Little Fish Hexagon Trellis wallpaper, $90 per single roll,

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,; Bedding: Gingham duvet cover, $238, sheet set, $238, and euro shams, $78 each, all; Throw Pillow: Vintage Kilim pillow cover, $56 (exact styles vary),; Basket: 9 ¾"H x 13"-diameter rattan planter, $69,; Throw: Seaport Herringbone blanket, $119,; Lamp: Cappi lamp, $110,; Rug: NuLoom Moroccan Trellis 5' x 7' rug, $154,; Ampersand: Marquee Ampersand sign, $35, londongrace; 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,; Calendar: 2018 Retro calendar, $32,; Lamp: JAlexander Lighting Frisco lamp, $189,; Rug: Dash & Albert Two Tone Rope 5' x 8' rug, $738,; Wastebasket: Wire bin, $70,; Clock: Flip clock, $99,; Wallpaper: Shaping Up wallpaper, $40 per panel,

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