By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Moving into a new residence can be a costly, yet exciting time. After shelling out money for down payments, closing costs, rental deposits, utility transfers, and a moving company
to move your belongings from one location to another, there might be little money left for purchasing new furniture. If you discover yourself in a dilemma where the items you loved in your old home do not work so wonderfully in your new abode in Austin, push up your sleeves and use these DIY tricks to give your furniture a renovation!
Refinishing Wood Pieces
Many times all an old piece of wood furniture warrants is a fresh coat of paint or stain to make it seem current and fresh again. Changing the look of a piece of wood furniture is not difficult to do during a free day and will certainly make it into an item that will fit into the look and feel of your new house in Austin. For a modern and contemporary look, give it a bright or white finish. If you are going from a modern abode to something that is more traditional, ponder warm and dark colors. You can also distress the paint job and accent it with tidbits of color to achieve a shabby chic finish.
TLC for Upholstered Furniture
Do you own a sofa that feels like you are lounging on feathers when you kick up your feet to read, but the material has seen better days? If this resonates with you, you may be able to fix up this beloved piece of furniture. Give it a good scrub down with upholstery cleaner and a soft bristled brush or have a cleaning company to come over and do the tough work for you. If there are rips in the material, you may be able to flip the cushions over, fix the tears with upholstery needle and thread, or reupholster it with new material from your local craft store. Reupholstering furniture can be tricky to do correctly, but there are numerous videos on YouTube that can help you with the steps. Learning how to fix your own furniture can save you a decent amount of cash.
Experiment with Placement
There is no hard and fast rule that a specific piece of furniture is has to be in a specific room, unless it is a bed or kitchen table. If you find that a specific end table, cabinet, or nightstand is not working in a room in your new abode, move it into another area where it feels right. When you move into a new house, you will probably realize that the dimensions are different, and that furniture alignment that used to look great will not work quite the same in your new space. Experiment with the furniture you own and see if you can discover a new design that you love.
The Finishing Touches
Home decorating is an art and it’s lots of fun giving your new space the setting you want with a little creativity. Highlight architectural details, color palettes, window views, and other items by adorning each area the right way. Look for art, blinds, vases, area rugs, pillows, and knick-knacks that tie the room together and make your existing furniture fit in. If your decorating budget is tight, contemplate making your own drapes and finding decorations at your local thrift store that can be upcycled with paint and adornments.
Moving into a new house in Austin doesn’t mean that you have to give up adored furniture and decorations. You can utilize your DIY skills to give your stuff a makeover and save a lot of money at the same time. Be creative with the furniture arrangement and use fabrics, paint colors, and accessories that accent your true style and showcase the beauty of your new place in Austin.