Old Furniture & Your New House in Atlanta

Moving to New Home

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
Moving into a new house is an expensive, yet exciting experience. After spending money for down payments, closing costs, rental deposits, utility transfers, and a moving company to relocate your things from origin to destination, there could be little money left for investing in new furniture. If you discover yourself in a dilemma where the pieces you adored in your previous home do not mesh so great in your new living space in Atlanta, push up your sleeves and get to work some DIY tricks to give your furniture a facelift!

Refinishing Wood Pieces

Sometimes all an old piece of wood furniture warrants is a fresh coat of paint or stain to make it look new and fresh again. Modernizing the color of a piece of wood furniture is not difficult to do during a free afternoon and will certainly transform it into a piece that will fit into the look and feel of your new home in Atlanta. For a modern and contemporary look, plan on a bright or white finish. If you are going from a contemporary residence to something that is older and classic, plan on warm and dark colors. You can also distress the paint job and accent it with tidbits of color to get a shabby chic look.

TLC for Upholstered Furniture

Do you own a couch that feels like you are sitting on feathers when you put up your feet to relax, but the fabric is very worn? If this resonates with you, you might be able to fix up this cherished 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 material, you may be able to flip the cushions over, sew up the tears with upholstery needle and thread, or recover it with new material from your local craft store. Reupholstering furniture can be tricky to do the right way, but there are several videos on YouTube that can walk you through the steps. Teaching yourself how to overhaul your own furniture can save you a lot of money.

Experiment with Placement

There is no set guideline that a specific piece of furniture is has to be in a specific room, unless it is a bed or kitchen table. If you feel that a specific end table, cabinet, or nightstand does not feel right in a room in your new home, move it into another room where it will work. When you move into a new residence, you will most likely realize that the dimensions are different, and that furniture arrangements that used to look great will not work quite the same in your new area. Arrange the furniture you own and see if you can find all new arrangements that you enjoy.

The Finishing Touches

Home decorating is an art and it can be a lot of fun giving your new place the atmosphere you love with some creativity. Highlight architectural details, color palettes, window views, and other items by adorning each space the right way. Find art, window treatments, vases, throw rugs, pillows, and knick-knacks that tie the room together and help your old furniture blend in. If your decorating budget is tight, consider sewing your own window treatments and finding decorations at your local thrift store that can be upcycled with paint and enhancements.

Moving into a new house in Atlanta does not mean that you have to part ways with your cherished furniture and decorations. You can use your DIY abilities to give your pieces a makeover and save a lot of money at the same time. Be creative with the furniture placement and use fabrics, paint colors, and accessories that show off your true style and showcase the beauty of your new home in Atlanta.