Old Furniture & Your New House in Austin 07/23/2018By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group Moving into a new home can be an expensive, yet fun adventure. After shelling out money for down payments, closing costs, rental deposits, utility transfers, and a moving company to move your belongings from point A to point B, there might be little money left for purchasing new furniture. If you discover yourself in a predicament where the items you loved in your former house do not work so well in your new living space in Austin, roll up your sleeves and get to work these DIY tricks to give your furniture a facelift! Refinishing Wood Pieces Many times all an old piece of wood furniture needs is an updated coat of paint or stain to make it appear current and fresh again. Updating the color of a piece of wood furniture is fairly simple to do during a free weekend day and will certainly make it into an item that will blend 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 relocating from a modern abode to one that is older and classic, ponder warm and dark colors. You can also distress the paint job and accent it with hints of color to accomplish a shabby chic appearance. TLC for Upholstered Furniture Do you have a love seat that feels like you are reclining on a cloud of cotton when you kick up your feet to watch TV, but the material is getting thin? If this sounds familiar, you could be able to save this precious piece of furniture. Give it a good wipe down with upholstery cleaner and a soft bristled brush or find a cleaning company to come over and do the dirty work for you. If there are tears in the material, you might be able to flip the cushions over, sew up the rips with a special needle and thread, or recover it with new fabric from your local craft store. Reupholstering furniture can be tricky to do the right way, but there are lots of videos on YouTube that can help you with the steps. Teaching yourself how to repair your own furniture can save you a decent amount of cash. Experiment with Placement There is no hard and fast guideline that a specific item of furniture is has to be in a specific room, unless it is a bed or kitchen table. If you find that a specific coffee table, cabinet, or nightstand is not working in a room in your new space, move it into another space where it will work. When you move into a new home, you will most likely find that the dimensions are different, and that furniture alignment that previously worked will not work quite the same in your new area. Arrange the furniture you own and see if you can discover a new design that you love. The Finishing Touches Home decorating is a fine art and it can be a lot of fun giving your new space the ambiance you love with a little creativity. Highlight architectural details, color palettes, window views, and other specifics by accessorizing each space the right way. Find art, drapes, vases, area rugs, pillows, and knick-knacks that pull the room together and allow your used furniture fit in. If you don’t have a big decorating budget, think about making your own drapes and finding decorations at your local thrift store that can be upcycled with paint and adornments. Moving into a new residence in Austin does not mean that you have to give up cherished furniture and decorations. You can utilize your DIY skills to give your pieces a makeover and save a lot of money in the process. Be creative with the furniture arrangement and find materials, paint colors, and accessories that show off your true style and showcase the beauty of your new place in Austin.