Old Furniture & Your New House in El Paso

Moving to New Home

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
 
Moving into a new residence is pricey, yet exciting time. After spending money for down payments, closing costs, rental deposits, utility transfers, and a moving company to relocate your stuff from point A to point B, there could be little money left for purchasing new furniture. If you discover yourself in a position where the items you adored in your previous residence do not mesh so great in your new living space in El Paso, roll up your sleeves and get to work the following DIY tricks to give your furniture a facelift!
 

Refinishing Wood Pieces

Sometimes all an old piece of wood furniture requires is an updated coat of paint or stain to make it seem new and fresh again. Modernizing the finish of a piece of wood furniture is not difficult to do during a free day and will really make it into a piece that will blend into the style of your new home in El Paso. For a modern look, give it a bright or white finish. If you are going from a contemporary residence to something that is older and classic, consider 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 sofa that feels like you are sitting on feathers when you put up your feet to read, but the fabric has seen better days? If this sounds familiar, you might be able to save this precious piece of furniture. Give it a good scrub down with upholstery cleaner and a soft bristled brush or find a cleaning company to come over and do the tough work for you. If there are rips in the fabric, you might be able to flip the cushions over, mend the snags with a special needle and thread, or recover it with new fabric from your local fabric shop. Reupholstering furniture can be intricate to do the right way, but there are numerous videos online that can teach you the steps. Learning how to repair your own furniture can save you a lot of money.

Experiment with Placement

There is no specific rule that a certain item of furniture is must be in a certain room, unless it is a bed or kitchen table. If you find that a certain end table, cabinet, or bookshelf does not feel right in a room in your new abode, move it into another room where it feels right. When you move into a new residence, you will most likely find that the dimensions are different, and that furniture arrangements that looked amazing before will not work quite the same in your new area. Arrange the furniture you own and see if you can come up with a new alignment that you enjoy.

The Finishing Touches

Home decorating is an art and you can have a lot of fun giving your new place the setting you want with a little creativity. Highlight architectural details, color palettes, window views, and other items by accessorizing each area the right way. Look for art, drapes, vases, area rugs, pillows, and knick-knacks that pull the room together and make your existing furniture blend in. If you don’t have a big decorating budget, consider sewing your own curtains and finding decorations at your local thrift store that can be upcycled with paint and adornments.

Moving into a new home in El Paso doesn’t mean that you have to give up adored furnishings and decorations. You can tap into your DIY skills to give your pieces 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 El Paso.