1) Put it on wheels! Add brass casters to a table or bench. You can find affordable brass casters at Van Dyke's.
2) Add lacquer to a stained or painted piece of furniture to add some shine. Get MinWax Polyurethane Semi-Gloss at Home Depot and brush it onto a piece. Sand between each application with 400 grit paper and add new shine to an older piece of furniture. For a green-friendly approach, visit Woodcraft and pick up their water based lacquer sealer.
3) Apply gold leafing with a stencil to create a fun pattern or shape on a table front or desk top. Go to Stencils Online and custom design a stencil or use blue painter's tape to create a simple geometric pattern. You can buy metallic paint at any local paint store or buy sheets of gold leaf at Jerry's Artarama.
4) Replace old hardware on a chest, desk or side tables. Shop Etsy for amazing new knobs & drawer pulls. Or visit your local Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. They have Mid-Century pulls, some for only .50/each. Spray paint the pulls a fun color and voila...amazing fix for under $10!
Check out SLIC Interiors' Marketplace listing. And tell us if you'll be revamping your furniture pieces for entertaining season rather than buying new items.