Old Furniture & Your New House in Little Rock

Moving to New Home

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
Moving into a new house can be a costly, yet exhilarating adventure. After spending money for down payments, closing costs, rental deposits, utility transfers, and a moving company to move your stuff from point A to point B, there could be little money left for purchasing new furniture. If you find yourself in a predicament where the pieces you loved in your old home do not mesh so wonderfully in your new living space in Little Rock, push up your sleeves and get to work these DIY tricks to give your furniture a renovation!

Refinishing Wood Pieces

It could be that all an old piece of wood furniture needs is a new coat of paint or stain to make it seem lively and fresh again. Changing the finish of a piece of wood furniture is fairly simple to do during a free weekend day and will easily make it into a piece that will fit into the look and feel of your new home in Little Rock. For a modern look, give it a bright or white finish. If you are relocating from a modern abode to one that is classic, plan on warm and dark colors. You can also distress the paint job and accent it with hints of color to accomplish a shabby chic look.

TLC for Upholstered Furniture

Do you have a love seat that feels like you are lounging on a cloud of cotton when you put up your feet to watch TV, but the material is getting thin? If this sounds familiar, you might be able to help this beloved piece of furniture. Give it a good scrub down with upholstery cleaner and a soft bristled brush or arrange for a cleaning company to come over and do the dirty work for you. If there are rips in the fabric, you may be able to flip the cushions over, sew up the rips with a special needle and thread, or recover it with new fabric from your local fabric shop. Reupholstering furniture can be intricate to do the right way, but there are numerous videos online that can teach you the process. Learning how to fix your own furniture can save you a lot of money.

Experiment with Placement

There is no set rule that a specific item of furniture is must be in a specific room, unless it is a bed or kitchen table. If you realize that a certain sofa table, cabinet, or nightstand does not feel right in a room in your new home, move it into another area where it will work. When you move into a new residence, you will most likely realize that the dimensions are not the same, and that furniture alignment that previously worked will not work quite the same in your new area. Rearrange the furniture you own and see if you can come up with a new design that you enjoy.

The Finishing Touches

Home decorating is an art and it can be a lot of fun giving your new space the setting you love with some creativity. Highlight architectural details, color palettes, window views, and other specifics by accessorizing each area the right way. Find art, window treatments, vases, rugs, pillows, and knick-knacks that pull the room together and help your existing furniture blend in. If your decorating budget is tight, think about making your own window treatments and finding decorations at your local thrift store that can be upcycled with paint and enhancements.

Moving into a new residence in Little Rock doesn’t mean that you have to part ways with your beloved furnishings and decorations. You can use your DIY abilities to give your items a makeover and save a lot of money in the process. Be creative with the furniture placement and look for fabrics, paint colors, and accessories that show off your true style and showcase the beauty of your new place in Little Rock.