Guest Post by Sam Weston:
Have you found a new home for sale in the perfect neighborhood? Are you ready to take on the challenge of home ownership? There’s a lot that goes into owning a home, and costs can add up before you know it. When it comes time to add your own sense of style and decor, here are a few creative ways to furnish your home for less.
Estate sales, county wide flea markets, and antique stores are sometimes hiding that one-of-a-kind piece of furniture you need. You just have to go hunting for it. Choose a good long weekend, and bring a truck and the right gear to lift a cabinet, dresser, and table. You might want to dig around the grandparents’ attic for old fixtures they aren’t using. Also, check online for deals, but be aware of extra shipping costs.
What should you do if you find an item that’s out of your price range? First, go over the piece with a magnifying glass and look for flaws or defects, then wheel and deal to get a price reduction. Sellers can be sticklers but their ultimate goal is to move the piece and get some extra cash. You could also ask for a percentage off if you’re buying more than one piece at a time.
Do It Yourself
Once you’ve found the good deals and trucked them home, it’s time to fix them up, your way. Use a work shed or space in the garage to take apart an item and repurpose it for what you need. The possibilities are endless when it comes to tearing a piece of furniture apart to make something new. The idea is to get just as much use out of it when you’re done.
Whether you’re refurbishing a dresser into a sideboard or television stand you should have some basic knowledge of wood grains, textiles, and what tools to use. There are also paints and stains you can apply for an aged appearance. Be careful to not mix chemicals though because they can be harmful to a piece or to yourself. Get advice from a trusted interior designer or craftsman before you take on a big project.
Beyond The Basics
If you love eclectic art then repurposed decorating is a good thing. There are so many things you can do with a few slabs of driftwood, from coffee tables to painted murals. If you want to decorate the exterior of your home consider a distressed dresser as a plant display on the front porch.
Armoires, apothecaries, and china cabinets are very trendy, and can accent any room. For a beach house entryway you could mount an old surfboard to sturdy wooden crates. For the guest room add a vintage chaise lounge near a bright window. For the kid’s room an old nightstand can become a play kitchen. Also, industrial light casings or metal sheets add eye-catching appeal to a man cave or rec room. The sky’s the limit and the imagination can soar when you repurpose with an artistic flair.
Sam Weston loves food, fishing and football. You can find him building new homes in the beautiful city of Philadelphia or in the bustling city of New Jersey. For more new home ideas please read more of his articles!
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