What’s Old is New

My parents have always been antique collectors, so I grew up knowing a lot about what is collectible and how to treat them, but I also had a bit of a fear of antiques. First of all, I feared breaking them. Then I disliked how different they were from the brand, sparkly new things I could buy at Macy’s or Pottery Barn. Antiques were dusty, smelly, used and abused. I found absolutely zero interest in antique stores and collecting in general. But as I have gotten older and seen my own possessions turn into antiques (I’m only 29, but still, times they are a changin’), I am beginning to have a stronger appreciation for the history of antiques. However, what I am learning through many design and collectors blogs, especially Eddie Ross, is that what’s old can be made new again. Here is a quote from Eddie’s site:

As a collector, one thing I’ve learned over the years is to be fearless. Just because something’??s antique doesn’??t mean it’s precious. Don’t be afraid to alter a piece to make it your own. Strip it. Sand it. Recover it in fabric you adore. Like I said, all wood is not created equal. If a chair’s lines are good but you’re not in love with the finish, paint it another color and you’??ll probably be much happier with the result. I know I am.

I love this message and I love the example he used. This secretary was bought at a flea market and refurbished to completely fit in with his decorating style.


  1. I’m right there there with you, Jocelyn! As we all grow older, I think’s important to keep a little history wtih us. So many pieces that aren’t true antiques can always bee reinvented in some way to freshen them up. New fabric on an old chair. New hardware on an old dresser. Thanks for the sweet post!

  2. Wow that is an amazing transformation! I think the hardest part is having the vision i.e. being able to see past the exterior, and recreating something amazing…

  3. I absolutely love the transformation. The re-creation has given this piece new style and I love how the light color makes it pop. It is fresh and inviting!

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