5 Ways to Spruce Up Your Space Using Old Furniture

old dresserThere it is – and it’s breathtaking. It’s the armoire you’ve been dreaming about ever since you saw it in your favorite home and garden magazine. Its price tag, dangling off its perfect door pulls, beckons you closer. With your shaky hand, you grab the tag. And your heart sinks. Any hope for replacing the old armoire, sitting vapidly in your living room, is crushed. So, with a heavy heart, you walk away, leaving your dream armoire behind.

Buying pretty, new furnishings costs an even prettier penny, but don’t be saddened by the high price it costs to replace your drab furniture. There are solutions! Here are a handful of ideas to help you with your predicament:

Be a Copy Cat
Say you come across a nightstand you love, while looking through a magazine. If you like what you see in the photograph, copy its look using paint, textures, stain, or new accessories. While you might not be able to replicate it exactly, coming up with something comparable is possible!

Just Paint
One of the most dramatic ways to revamp an old piece of furniture is to paint it. Paint is wonderful! It’s inexpensive, and you can choose any color you want. Even if what you are painting has a veneer or laminate, it is still paintable; just give the surface a good sanding, prime it, and then paint it. You can always distress and glaze your painted furniture to bring out details and diminish flatness.

Hardware, Hardware, Hardware
Consider using hardware for a quick and easy update. Replace existing handles and knobs with new ones. You’ll be amazed at how the new hardware can transform dressers, cabinets, and cupboards to look like new.

Get It Slipped
Got an old sofa you’d like to trade in for a new one someday? Well, for now, transform the look of the sofa with slip covers and throw pillows. These are great ways carry your couch to that “someday.”

Make Other Arrangements
Rearranging your furniture is another way you can bring new life and new looks to your rooms. Perhaps you see a huge chest of drawers at the thrift store … maybe you don‘t need one in your bedroom, but it could be a nice TV stand; or it could make more cupboard and counter space in your kitchen. Let yourself discover new placement for items, besides their usual place. You never know, your old chair just might end up being a cute night stand, or an excellent book shelf.

No longer will you feel crushed by the hefty price of new furniture, because alternative solutions to spruce up your house are within your creativity. You’ll only need a few materials and some elbow grease.

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