The dilemma: One partner adores the charm of Grandma’s big brown armoire and her harvest-gold sofa. The other is wishing for brand-new, mod-looking gear.
The compromise: Give Grandma’s old stuff a makeover with clever use of paint or fabric. Old brown wood can look really sharp when brushed with glossy black, and a snazzy new upholstery job will take the sofa set from grim to gorgeous. Even Grandma will be pleased.