How To Get More Use Out Of Your Old Furniture

This post answers the following questions

1) What to do with your old furniture?
2) Where can you sell your old furniture
3) How to get more use out of your old furniture?
4) What is a great idea for a cheap but impressive present?
5) What is a great way to update your home without having to spend much money?

Almost all of us will have old pieces of furniture in storage or hidden in a corner that we are not sure what to do with. You could sell old pieces of furniture at a car boot sale and earn a bit of money to buy new pieces. But why not try and recycle the pieces you already have.  It’s so easy to breathe new life into old unwanted pieces and you don’t have to spend much either.

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Do Your Research

If you are not one hundred percent sure of the origin of the piece of furniture you are thinking about revamping, do some research. Have a look for any maker’s names or serial numbers and look them up online. If your furniture is without a maker’s name try searching on eBay and see if anything similar is up for sale and how much it is going for. Before you completely change your piece of furniture it’s best to check it’s not valuable as permanently changing it will dramatically change the value.

Go Shabby Chic

Shabby Chic furniture is really popular at the moment, selling for ridiculous prices on eBay. It couldn’t be easier to turn your old furniture from dull to shabby chic.

  1.  Firstly sand off any varnish and paint your piece white. It doesn’t need to be perfect as the ‘shabby chic’ look is as it’s named- shabby. Thinner patches to the paintwork are allowed.
  2. Add silver and crystal doorknobs to complete the look.
  3.  If you want to take the shabby look a step further use a piece of sand paper to buff off some of the paint on the corners or where it would have naturally worn off.

Patch Work Chairs

If you have an old chair that’s cover is dated or worn, why not try making your own patch work cover. Make it personal by using scraps of material that are personal to you. Use a mix of old scraps of material and fabrics from old blankets and children’s clothes that you no longer have any use for. It’s fairly straight forward to do. Follow these simple steps

  1. You will need to remove all upholstery from your chair, keeping the material as a template for your new cover.
  2. Once you have sewn together your patches for your new cover cut out a piece using the previous cover as a template.
  3. You will need to buy a piece of foam, and cut it to shape to make the cushion of your chair
  4. Cover the foam in wadding and then place your cover over the top.
  5. Tuck everything in neatly and then nail your new cover to the base of the chair, making sure it is all secure and neat.

Restoring furniture is a great way to update your home without having to spend much money. If you find you really enjoy it you could even take it up as a hobby, buying old furniture and selling it on once you have updated it. It also is a great idea for a cheap but impressive present.

Eilidh MacRae is writing on behalf of Intransit Removals who she would reccomend for storage and removal services.

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