Old Furniture & Your New House in Killeen

Moving to New Home

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
Moving into a new residence can be pricey, yet exhilarating adventure. After shelling out money for down payments, closing costs, rental deposits, utility transfers, and a moving company to relocate your stuff from one location to another, there might be little money left for buying new furniture. If you discover yourself in a predicament where the items you loved in your former home do not fit in so well in your new abode in Killeen, push 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 requires is a fresh coat of paint or stain to make it appear lively and fresh again. Changing the look of a piece of wood furniture is easy to do during a free weekend day and will really make it into an item that will fit into the style of your new home in Killeen. For a contemporary look, give it a bright or white finish. If you are relocating from a contemporary home to one that is older and classic, ponder warm and dark colors. You can also distress the paint job and accent it with bits of color to accomplish a shabby chic look.

TLC for Upholstered Furniture

Do you own a couch that feels like you are lounging on a cloud of cotton when you put up your feet to watch TV, but the material is very worn? If this sounds familiar, you might 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 hard work for you. If there are rips in the fabric, you might be able to flip the cushions over, mend the rips with upholstery needle and thread, or recover it with new material from your local craft store. Reupholstering furniture can be complicated to do the right way, but there are several videos on the internet that can help you with the steps. Teaching yourself how to overhaul your own furniture can save you hundreds of dollars.

Experiment with Placement

There is no hard and fast regulation that a certain item of furniture is supposed to be in a certain room, unless it is a bed or kitchen table. If you feel that a specific coffee table, cabinet, or bookshelf is not working in a room in your new home, move it into another room where it fits better. When you move into a new home, you will most likely find that the dimensions are different, and that furniture alignment that used to look great will not work quite the same in your new space. Arrange the furniture you own and see if you can discover a new alignment that you enjoy.

The Finishing Touches

Home decorating is a fine art and it’s lots of fun giving your new space the ambiance you love with a little creativity. Highlight architectural details, color palettes, window views, and other items by adding accents to each room the right way. Use art, window treatments, vases, rugs, pillows, and knick-knacks that tie the room together and allow your old furniture blend in. If you don’t have lots of money for decorating, think about making your own curtains and finding decorations at your local thrift store that can be upcycled with paint and enhancements.

Moving into a new house in Killeen does not mean that you have to part ways with your cherished furniture and decorations. You can utilize your DIY skills to give your stuff a makeover and save a lot of money in the process. Be creative with the furniture placement and look for materials, paint colors, and accessories that accent your true style and showcase the beauty of your new home in Killeen.