Many hand-me-down pieces of furniture can sit in attics or basements for years, because homeowners have no idea how to arrange them in a current residence. However, ChicagoNow.com reports that there are some ways that these pieces can be renewed, so that they can lend a traditional and dignified atmosphere to a home.Repairing the surfaces of these items is the first step. Dents, nicks and scratches can form from age or deterioration, and the news source suggests hiring a professional to fix these imperfections.Homeowners who want to bring new life to older pieces may also consider sanding or staining them. Painting an antique chair can also be a great way to add a splash of vibrant color to a room.Laying an old countertop with a new surface, like granite or marble, can also make for a glossy finish to an older piece.Those who are looking for new items that boast a traditional feel and can become heirlooms in the future may want to invest in pieces of Amish handcrafted furniture, such as an Amish bookcase, which come in a variety of different styles, and can create an ideal balance between contemporary and rustic furniture.
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