Upgrade Furniture With Modern Hardware

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso

When it comes to furniture transformations, paint always seems to steal the spotlight. Today we’re giving modern hardware choices the credit they deserve. Not only can modern hardware set the stylistic tone for an upcycle, it is the—often one and only—detail that emanates the careful design consideration and quality of the renewed piece. And in a day and age where it’s hard to come by new furniture that’s as well-built and as sturdy as its predecessors, making a few improvements on a retro piece can pay off in the long run. If you’re considering upgrading furniture with modern hardware, find inspiration in the six projects below.

Photo: Visual Heart

Before & Afters


Chic Side Table

We love this end table turnaround from ToolBox Divas. This small table was spotted at a local thrift store and revamped with a new salmon-colored coating and hardware that makes a fashionable statement.


Saw Nail & Paint reimagined this vintage dresser with a few minor changes. She covered the outdated piece with three fresh coats of white paint. Next she attached new pulls and knobs in different locations for a more modern spin.

Copper Pulls

This bureau was listed on Craigslist for $50 and Mountain Modern Life was inspired to revive it upon finding it. After a good sanding, a new set of legs, and some navy paint, its transition was completed with a set of DIY copper pipe pulls.


This chest was stuck 30 years in the past, until 100 Things 2 Do came to its rescue. The dresser is a fine example of solid workmanship, but a new color and handles is what it needed to stay current.

Dressed to Impress

It’s hard to believe that these are photos of the same dresser. Our Hammock House salvaged the piece for free and updated it with grey chalk paint offset by new brass pulls.

Mid-Century Modernized

This retro credenza was cracked and peelings, so it needed someone that could nurture it back to great condition. Fortunately Visual Heart was there to repair it and turned it into a gorgeous sideboard that features a mint green glossy finish and brand new hardware.


Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso
Dani is House One’s assistant editor. As a Norwalk, CT native, Dani graduated from UConn with a BA in Digital Media and Design. This millennial longs for the days of All That, Tamagotchis, and Dunkaroos. When she’s not working, she’s hanging outdoors, playing with her dogs, or watching makeup tutorials on YouTube.

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