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Furniture — the mere word brings anxiety and rolling eyes to husbands we know.
New furniture is never a simple thing – there are the numerous shopping trips, the hassle and moving of the OLD furniture, and the hassle and moving of the NEW furniture. Many of us have pieces of furniture in our homes that are meaningful – maybe an antique table from a relative, or a small dresser you found at a flea market on an outing with friends, or the bedroom set you bought with your first paycheck.
If you’re in the market for new furniture, chances are you’re actually looking for a whole new room. New furniture usually comes either before or after new paint, and possibly new flooring, which leads to new accessories, and the first thing you know, you’re over your “furniture” budget. There are ways to save money on a room redesign and stay within your budget. One way is to repurpose the furniture. When looking for a used piece of furniture to reinvent for a space, don’t limit yourself to what is presently in the room. “Shop” other rooms to see if you have an old table or cabinet or dresser that could be repurposed as a dining room buffet or TV stand. Chests of drawers and dressers are perfect for reinventing because they don’t have to be the same style as other pieces in the room.
If you already own well-built pieces, a coat of paint does amazing things for well-loved and well-used wood furniture. Often the detail and lines of older furniture give it character and personality that are hard to find in modern styles. Painted furniture is in style for many reasons – it’s easy to match it to any décor, and easy to repaint it later when you change your mind. Adding a glaze over paint gives wood a deeper texture and is relatively easy to do, even for beginners.
Keep in mind when repurposing an older piece that may be too short, a base can always be added to the bottom. This is a common problem with many older nightstands. New beds are typically taller, and older nightstands will not be the correct height for the mattress. By adding a simple wood base, the nightstand transforms into a new bedside table.
Reinventing will save a significant amount of money in your budget, so go ahead with your whole room remodel. And add some new accessories, and invite some friends over to enjoy it with you. You’ll love it when friends admire your “new” one-of-a-kind furniture and ask, “Where can I get one of those?”
So, now that we have you thinking, look around your home for those one-of-a-kind furniture pieces that you thought you were tired of…maybe it’s time to repurpose them and give your home a fresh new look.
Page Selby and Pennie Wisnasky are interior designers, authors and partners in “Creative Living with Pennie and Page.” Visit their blog at www.creativelivingchicks.blogspot.com for ideas on décor, done in a day projects and entertaining. They love to hear from you! Email your questions to email@example.com or call them at 618-781-3033 to schedule a consultation for your home.