Restoring Retro Furniture

If you’ve fallen in love with a piece of retro furniture and want to breathe new life into it, or give it a contemporary twist, read on for some great ideas.


Coloured Laminate: Retro teak sideboards are hugely popular at the moment. This streamlined piece of ‘50s furniture looks fabulous in apartments and can be modernised by covering the top and doors with white, black or coloured laminate. You can also line the draws with quirky vintage wallpaper. A wonderful statement piece!

Laminate can also be used to jazz up a retro set of drawers, cabinet, coffee table or teak desk. There are many vibrant laminate colours available so you can get creative and inject your own personality into the piece. Don’t be afraid to put contrasting colours together such as baby blue and black – there are no rules so have some fun.

Retro Fabrics: Upholstering chairs is hard yakka and best left to an expert for a quality finish. With a wide array of fantastic retro fabrics at our fingertips, Ferrari Interiors can help source and transform tired ‘50s Danish dining chairs or an iconic egg chair into a fabulous unique piece that will fit perfectly with your decor. Look out for geometric patterns, polka dots, checkerboard and stripes.

A tired Parker sofa and armchairs can also be revitalised with cushions covered in retro fabrics such as iconic Florence Broadhurst designs.

Classic Retro Colours: For an authentic retro look paint furniture classic retro colours such as sunshine yellow, aqua and cherry red like this fabulous rocking chair.

Don’t have time to trawl the markets in search of original retro furniture? Contact Bernadette Ferrari at Ferrari Interiors on 0417 088 602 for assistance sourcing unique retro pieces and restoration advice.