Most of us have got pieces of furniture lurking in our homes that have seen better days. If you have a much-loved sofa or a chest that has been passed down through generations, you don’t have to think about visiting the scrapyard just yet. With this guide, you can transform trash into treasure.
Running repairs and flexing your DIY skills
One of the most common reasons pieces of furniture end up at the tip is broken and missing parts. Rather than discarding a wardrobe or a dining room table because it’s damaged, flex your DIY skills and try and carry out some running repairs. Some tasks, for example, replacing lost knobs, are much easier than others, but if you’re struggling, there are some brilliant video tutorials and guides online. Before you start trying to fix shelves or put door hinges back on, make sure you have all the tools you need and clear a safe space.
Upcycling is a trend that has gathered a serious pace in recent years. Retro furniture is hugely popular, and more and more of us are looking for ways to live more sustainably. Instead of throwing furniture away because it’s dated or your tastes have changed, you can modify and modernize pieces to create unique items to keep or sell. Use online resources, for example, guides and videos to learn how to flip furniture, and look for inspiration in interior magazines and online galleries. Popular items to flip include kitchen tables and coffee tables, chairs and sofas and dressers. By embracing upcycling, you can adorn your home and give your decor a fresh aesthetic while also reducing waste and saving money.
Many of us have a favorite chair or a sofa we tend to gravitate towards whenever there’s a chance to kick back and chill out. Years of use and exposure to pets or inquisitive, creative children can take their toll. If you’re desperate to keep hold of a couch or an armchair, reupholstering is a brilliant option. If the material is worn, stained or ripped, you can transform your chair or sofa into a spectacular new seat in no time. If you don’t possess expertise in this area, look online for a local company with an excellent reputation or ask friends, colleagues or neighbors for recommendations.
Painting and varnishing
Often, we think about buying new furniture because we fancy a change or our tastes and preferences evolve. If your furniture doesn’t fit in with your vision for a new living room or bedroom, don’t give up on it just yet. If you have a wooden table, for example, you could strip or varnish the wood to create a more industrial or rustic vibe or paint it to match a new colorway.
Are you looking for creative, affordable ways to revamp your interiors, or are you desperate to hang on to a couch or a table that has seen better days? If so, use these tips to breathe new life into your home decor, save money and hone your DIY skills.