Old Furniture & Your New House in Little Rock

Moving to New Home

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
Moving into a new residence is an expensive, yet exciting time. After shelling out money for down payments, closing costs, rental deposits, utility transfers, and a moving company to relocate your things from origin to destination, there might be little money left for buying new furniture. If you find yourself in a dilemma where the items you loved in your previous home do not work so great in your new place in Little Rock, roll up your sleeves and read up on the following DIY tricks to give your furniture a whole new look!

Refinishing Wood Pieces

Many times all an old piece of wood furniture requires is an updated coat of paint or stain to make it look new and fresh again. Changing the finish 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 house in Little Rock. For a contemporary look, give it a bright or white finish. If you are going from a contemporary abode to one that is more traditional, plan on warm and dark colors. You can also distress the paint job and accent it with hints of color to get a shabby chic appearance.

TLC for Upholstered Furniture

Do you own a love seat that feels like you are reclining on feathers when you kick up your feet to relax, but the material is getting thin? If this rings a bell, you might be able to help this beloved piece of furniture. Give it a good cleaning with upholstery cleaner and a soft bristled brush or find a cleaning company to come over and do the hard work for you. If there are rips in the fabric, you may be able to flip the cushions over, sew up the rips with upholstery needle and thread, or recover it with new material from your local fabric shop. Reupholstering furniture can be intricate to do the right way, but there are several videos online that can teach you the steps. Learning how to overhaul your own furniture can save you hundreds of dollars.

Experiment with Placement

There is no hard and fast rule that a specific piece of furniture is must be in a certain room, unless it is a bed or kitchen table. If you realize that a certain sofa table, cabinet, or bookshelf doesn’t look good in a room in your new space, move it into another area where it fits better. When you move into a new residence, you will most likely discover that the dimensions are not the same, and that furniture organization that used to look great will not work quite the same in your new space. Arrange the furniture you own and see if you can find a new alignment that you enjoy.

The Finishing Touches

Home decorating is an art and it’s lots of fun giving your new place the ambiance you love with some creativity. Highlight architectural details, color palettes, window views, and other specifics by adorning each room the right way. Find art, drapes, vases, throw rugs, pillows, and knick-knacks that pull the room together and make your old furniture blend in. If you don’t have a big decorating budget, consider 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 house in Little Rock doesn’t mean that you have to give up cherished furnishings and decorations. You can utilize your DIY skills to give your items a makeover and save a lot of money at the same time. Be creative with the furniture arrangement and look for fabrics, paint colors, and accessories that accent your true style and showcase the beauty of your new home in Little Rock.