It’s not easy now a days to find vintage goods in great condition and at a bargain price. Sellers are savvy to the interest in well-made, one-of-a-kind furniture, clothes and home goods. But that’s not to say you can’t take an almost-good castoff and improve upon it. With a little elbow grease and these hacks you can update just about everything you pick up at a secondhand shop or on Krrb!
1. Remove damaged, glued-on wood veneer from furniture using your iron. Tutorial via Decor Adventures.
2. A hair dryer can remove water rings on wood furniture. You’ll want to put the nozzle attachment on your dryer and by turning it on the cool setting to start.
3. Get rid of the old musty smell from vintage upholstered furniture with the help of some vodka. This odor-eating tip comes from Finding Home Online.
4. Use some pantry staples like olive oil and vinegar to restore the appearance of vintage, scratched up furniture. Domestic Bliss Squared shows us how.
5. Sometimes vintage furniture and it’s brass hardware comes caked in paint. Don’t give up yet. Hartwood Roses uses a crockpot to peel back the years from vintage hardware.
6. Fashion styles have changed over the years. Tailor a vintage button up shirt to fit you now with a tutorial by The Vintage Storehouse.
7. Hemlines and necklines can date a vintage dress. Alter a retro find easily with some help from The Art of Homemaking.
8. A ruined zipper on vintage clothing is saddening. Before you toss out a perfectly good find, see how to mend a broken zipper on your own.
9. You can get vintage silk ties for about a $1 at any thrift store. Turn wide ties into skinny ties with a few simple sewing tricks from Design Mom.
10. Certain shoes are forever, what’s not is the musty smell that comes with them. Get rid of any lingering foot fumes with this hack from The Mama Post.
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11. Have an almost perfect set of vintage glasses? Fix a chip in a wine glass with a little sandpaper.
12. Vintage lamps can have outdated and faulty wiring but don’t fear. In a few simple steps from 4 The Love of Wood, you can rewire a lamp.
13. Retro electronics used to come wrapped in bulky cabinets and credenzas—and they are a dime a dozen in secondhand shops. See how to hack an old stereo cabinet into a modern digital music server.
14. Turn a vintage suitcase into a portable stereo with a little assistance from Manmade DIY.
15. Pristine vintage linens can cost you an arm and a leg. If you come across some yellowed ones for cheap, wash them with some baking soda and salt. One Good Thing by Jillee restores gorgeous linens with this simple hack.