Old Furniture & Your New House in Austin

Moving to New Home

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
Moving into a new residence 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 things from point A to point B, there might be little money left for buying new furniture. If you discover yourself in a predicament where the pieces you loved in your former residence 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 renovation!

Refinishing Wood Pieces

Many times all an old piece of wood furniture requires is an updated coat of paint or stain to make it seem lively and fresh again. Updating the finish of a piece of wood furniture is not difficult 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 residence to one that is more traditional, plan on 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 feathers when you kick up your feet to watch TV, but the material is very worn? If this rings a bell, you could be able to help 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, fix the tears 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 numerous videos on YouTube that can teach you 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 bookshelf does not feel right in a room in your new abode, move it into another area where it will work. When you move into a new home, you will most likely realize that the dimensions are different, and that furniture organization that used to look great will not work quite the same in your new area. Arrange the furniture you own and see if you can discover all new arrangements 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 features by accessorizing each space the right way. Find art, drapes, vases, area rugs, pillows, and knick-knacks that pull the room together and help your used furniture fit in. If you don’t have lots of money for decorating, contemplate making your own window treatments and finding decorations at your local thrift store that can be upcycled with paint and enhancements.

Moving into a new residence in Austin does not mean that you have to give up cherished furniture and decorations. You can tap into your DIY skills to give your items 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.