Re-Vamping Your Old Furniture

Posted on 06/13

At LIV Communities we are passionate about everything to do with new homes! Not only do we design and build some of the most amazing new-homes throughout the GTA, we also aim to provide you with helpful design tips to make your new home uniquely yours. If you’re holding onto some antique or family heirlooms which are outdated but can’t bear to part with, why not give them a new life by revamping them?

Below are some unique ideas for re-furbishing and re-purposing those pieces to fit in with your lifestyle.

Paint a Chair

No artistic experience is needed to re-vamp an old wooden chair into a work of art! Grab some paint along with your imagination and that’s all you need to create a chair uniquely your own! Find inspiration and some easy DIY ideas here to unleash your inner Picasso!

Bar Stool Bedside Table

One of the simplest pieces to make over; a plain bar stool. After giving it a good sanding and paint job, measure and cut 2 wooden planks to fit in the space in between the 4 bench legs. These wooden planks can be simply secured with some wood glue and used to hold light books or other items.

Distressing with Chalk Paint

A fresh coat of paint is just the first step to this detailed transformation. Once your old dresser has a fresh coat of paint, use sandpaper to lightly distress certain areas of the dresser to give it a slightly run down look. After applying a clear coat of wax add intricate vintage handles to complete the look.

Headboard Bench

Old outdated bedroom furniture can work wonders as cool DIY pieces. Take an old head board and after sanding and painting it, use it as the backing for a quaint little bench. The headboard’s 2 posts will act at the benches back legs, then add a piece of wood as the seat, then attach 2 front legs. Click the image at the below link for more detailed instructions.

Dresser Wine Rack

Firstly, remove the dressers 2 bottom drawers to make space for the wine rack. After sanding and painting, measure your wine rack and cut it to fit inside this space. The rack itself can be taken out of an older piece or you can make it from a piece of wood, using a router.

Take advantage of the warm weather and bring these DIY projects outside where you’ll be able to paint, spray, and drill freely. Putting your heart into creating one-of-a-kind furniture from old family heirlooms and decor pieces is always a rewarding experience.

For additional inspiration read more design and décor themes in our blog and be sure to view our selection of open and upcoming communities by clicking the “Communities” tab on our website.


As we all navigate through these unprecedented times, please be advised that LIV Communities’ priority is ensuring the well-being of our customers, employees, trades, suppliers, as well as our communities.   As we continue to closely monitor the risks associated with COVID-19, we are taking all necessary precautions as guided by the World Health Organization (WHO), Health Canada and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

To support the well-being of our team members, we have adjusted to remote work schedules, remote and virtual meetings, as well as implemented social distancing and enhanced cleaning measures to ensure that our environments remain as safe as possible across our organization and within communities.

We have proactively set up all employees to be able to work efficiently in a remote environment, so rest assured, your phone calls and emails will be attended to. We are communicating regularly with homeowners on an individual and departmental basis.

Please see below for department updates made the morning of Monday, March 23rd.  As always, please feel free to reach out via email at [email protected] or 289.245.1300 for any general inquiries.

Head Office:  Although we have proactively set up all employees to be able to work efficiently in a remote environment, we are currently operating with rotating, minimal staff in the office. Our Head Office doors are locked and potential visitors are asked to email [email protected] or call 289.245.1300

Sales Centres:  Our Nature’s Grand sales centre is open by appointment only beginning Sunday, May 24, 2020. Please note that there is a 2 purchaser maximum allowed to each appointment time (and no children). We are also still accepting virtual appointments via video or phone call. To book an in-person or virtual appointment, please call us at 226.922.0354 or email [email protected].

Service Department: All service is temporarily suspended.  Emergency situations must be directed to [email protected], or by contacting 905.971.0786.

Site Construction Teams: All necessary safety precautions are being taken as we mitigate with an essential and limited crew.  As information and policies are rapidly changing, our site staff is working and communicating continuously with municipalities and trades as well as our homeowners to provide the most current information. For more specific information, please contact [email protected] or 289.245.1300.

Décor Centre: As of April 27th, our Décor Studio will be available for appointments for our homeowners. The Décor Studio continues to be closed for all browsing and visitors.

The wellbeing of our clients and staff are paramount and we are taking all precautionary measures to ensure we maintain the highest possible standards surrounding health and safety. We have implemented the following increased preventative measures:

  • Up to 2 adult visitors per home who are on the Agreement of Purchase and Sale, per appointment. No children under the age of 18.
  • Plexi barriers have been installed at work stations.
  • Ample hand-sanitizer will be provided and increased frequency of disinfecting areas has been implemented.
  • Vigilant hygiene practices will be enforced during appointments.
  • Employees have also been reminded to take increased measures to reduce the risk of transmission of illness and to stay home if they are sick.

Our décor staff will also be screening clients when booking appointments, as well as prior to entry into the building. Individuals will be asked a series of health questions, as well as travel history.

If you are a homeowner with questions or concerns, please reach out to [email protected], or phone 905.304.0471.

Thank you for your understanding and wishing everyone the best of health,

The LIV Communities Team