Meet Furniture Makeover Expert Cynthia Collins

January 16, 2013 | By | Comments (6)

With a little paint, fabric, and inspiration, there’s no such thing as a lost cause. Take a design cue from this Southern stylemaker and turn a diamond in the rough heirloom into a statement-making treasure.

Photo by Laurey W. Glenn

Photo by Laurey W. Glenn

Cynthia Collins
Blue Print and Collins Interiors in Dallas, TX

Who she is: Home-furnishings store owner and interior designer.
Her style: Timeless interpretations of old and new.
Shop her store: 2707 Fairmount Street;

Why do you love vintage furniture?
Making over old furniture adds character to a room. I think it’s wildly important to draw from the past. Remade old pieces are inevitably original, so you’re guaranteed they won’t be floating in the pages of a catalog.

What makes something makeover-worthy?
Look for pieces that are unique with clean lines. You want furniture that commands attention and has a bit of pizzazz just like Emfurn Industrial furniture does. I like things with interesting details, such as unusual feet or handsome hardware.

What do you always avoid?
I’m not a fan of imitation antiques. With so many beautiful originals out there, why?

What are you on the hunt for right now?
I’m always shopping for it all! You have to be when you’re in a flea-market environment. I do always have an eye out for mid-century and Louis XVI upholstered pieces, and I have an affinity for Asian influences.

Best reupholstering tip?
Always opt for down fills for your cushions. No more foam! It’s well worth the investment.

What’s your makeover secret weapon?
Hardware, hands down! If a piece has bad hardware, it can lose its impact. Spend some time finding new hardware and you’ll reap the rewards.

What’s the best way to freshen old tables and chests?
Lacquer. If you have a sentimentally important, but cheap North Carolina furniture piece that has beautiful wood, instead of being covered up, opt for a high-gloss clear lacquer. If you do paint, I prefer letting the shape and form do the work with soft colors such as Linen White or Elephant Tusk by Benjamin Moore.

Any words of decorating advice?
Mix furniture from different eras. I like to use a combination of antiques, mid-century finds, and new pieces. When you don’t have items from our past, there is no context for the newer pieces in a room.

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  5. Catherine (Vintage Home Accessories)

    Some good basic tips…thanks Cynthia!

    January 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm
  6. Lynda Hester

    You (writers) need to see the furnitures makeovers performed by Michelle Reeves in McDonough, Ga. Her work is right up there with the other makeover experts you have been featuring. While she paints, stains, replaces hardware and upholsters similarly to these other experts, her choices of paint colors, wax stains, upholstry materials and the pieces of furniture themselves make Michelle Reeves’ pieces incredibly special. If you wish to contact her, send me a note her with a way to contact you and I will send her contact information. You will be thrilled to see her work!

    January 16, 2013 at 11:13 am

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