By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
Moving into a new residence can be a costly, yet exhilarating experience. After spending money for down payments, closing costs, rental deposits, utility transfers, and a moving company
to move your belongings from origin to destination, there might be little money left for investing in new furniture. If you find yourself in a dilemma where the belongings you loved in your old residence do not mesh so well in your new place in Atlanta, roll up your sleeves and get to work some DIY tricks to give your furniture a renovation!
Refinishing Wood Pieces
Many times all an old piece of wood furniture needs is a new coat of paint or stain to make it appear current and fresh again. Updating the color of a piece of wood furniture is fairly simple to do during a free weekend day and will certainly make it into a piece that will fit into the look and feel of your new house in Atlanta. For a contemporary look, think about a bright or white finish. If you are going from a modern residence to one that is older and classic, consider warm and dark colors. You can also distress the paint job and accent it with bits of color to accomplish a shabby chic finish.
TLC for Upholstered Furniture
Do you have a sofa that feels like you are lounging on a cloud when you put up your feet to relax, but the fabric has seen better days? If this resonates with you, you could be able to help this beloved piece of furniture. Give it a good wipe down with upholstery cleaner and a soft bristled brush or arrange for a cleaning company to come over and do the hard work for you. If there are rips in the fabric, you may be able to flip the cushions over, mend the snags with a special needle and thread, or reupholster it with new material from your local fabric shop. Reupholstering furniture can be complicated to do correctly, but there are numerous videos on the internet that can help you with the process. Learning how to repair your own furniture can save you a lot of money.
Experiment with Placement
There is no hard and fast guideline that a certain piece of furniture is has to be in a specific room, unless it is a bed or kitchen table. If you find that a certain end table, cabinet, or bedside table is not working in a room in your new home, move it into another room where it feels right. When you move into a new house, you will most likely find that the dimensions are not the same, and that furniture organization that previously worked will not work quite the same in your new space. Arrange the furniture you own and see if you can come up with a new alignment that you love.
The Finishing Touches
Home decorating is a fine art and it can be a lot of fun giving your new place the ambiance you desire with some creativity. Highlight architectural details, color palettes, window views, and other specifics by adorning each area the right way. Find art, window treatments, vases, throw rugs, pillows, and knick-knacks that bring the room together and make your existing furniture fit in. If you don’t have a big decorating budget, consider 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 Atlanta doesn’t mean that you have to give up cherished furnishings and decorations. You can utilize your DIY skills to give your stuff a makeover and save a lot of money at the same time. Be creative with the furniture set-up and find fabrics, paint colors, and accessories that show off your true style and showcase the beauty of your new place in Atlanta.