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How to Add Life to your Old and Boring Furniture
by Charlie Brown on Aug 15, 2013
Furniture is the single most important element that suffuses life into a home. A house devoid of furniture will look lifeless and more or less haunted. Agreed, buying new furniture involves excited gasps and sighs and just brushing your palms through the smooth varnish coated surface of wood can send a silver of thrill down your spine. However, the attachment with old furniture handed down from various generations is something that is indescribable. No matter how old and rugged they get, you cannot get yourself to throw it away. Similar is the case of furniture bought from flea markets or yard sales. They may look old and haggard but they still manage to hold your heart captive. In such situations, following these simple tips can work wonders for your old furniture.
Paint the piece:
This is the simple and most basic way to uplift your old furniture and the results are jaw dropping. The old pieces of furnishing look as good as new. While picking the right shade, ensure that you keep your personal favourite shades aside and choose what is best for the furniture. You can never go wrong with neutral shades. To ensure a startling difference, choose shades of cream, gray white. This will ensure that your furniture looks excellent and the makeover will be a roaring success. Sometimes, it is okay to break the rules to an extent. You may not necessarily stick to sober colours. Often, people opt for bold colours that are packed with a punch. While choosing such bright, loud colours is not criminal, striking a balance is extremely crucial in such cases. Opt for these colours only if your walls have a coat of light coloured paint or wallpaper applied.
Make changes to the hardware:
This is the next option that is widely popular. Slight changes can go a long way in enhancing the overall appearance of the piece of furniture in question. If you feel that the hardware requires absolutely no changes, you could simply spray paint the surface to enhance the appearance. Adding dainty looking glass pieces are to the furniture is also an excellent way to suffuse it with life. Bringing about changes in the hardware makes the entire furniture look elegant and graceful. Besides, it is also easy on the pocket and you will not have to shell out a large sum of money for this purpose.
Use wallpaper or fabric for beautification:
Getting creative with furniture is the best way to reduce costs and increase elegance. Simple, everyday materials that are found at home can be used to take the appearance of the furniture notches higher. Wallpaper or fabric that has floral patterns engraved on it is an excellent way to add quirkiness without going overboard. You could line the back of a bookshelf with this paper. You could also use the wallpaper to line the cabinets and drawers. It is simple, chic and trendy.
Use a slipcover for easy and quick transformation:
Sometimes, no matter how worn out a furniture looks, you cannot find the will to let go of it. In such situations, you could opt for slipcovers which are not only easy to use; they lend a clean look to pieces of furniture, especially sofas and chairs. When sofas and chairs have been in use for a long period of time, there is a possibility that the surface may have stained or developed hideous holes or other such imperfections. In such situations, slipcovers work great and when these covers are matched with the colour scheme of the home, you know it is a winning combination.
Carla Rose is an interior designer. She works for a well known firm – “FindMeAPad”. She has a professional background in design and loves to work with colours, patterns and furniture. She is also an adrenaline junkie and spends most of her free time reading novels.
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