Breathing new life into your living spaces can be tiring and difficult, especially when you aren’t sure how to properly utilise the furniture and knick-knacks you have on hand. If there’s some way to better use that old table in the garage, how are you going to know how it’s done? If you want to find a use for that kitschy upholstery fabric, but are unsure of the best way to do it justice, how will you ensure you don’t waste the material? We have the answer to these questions and more in this very article.
First of all we’ll address the issue of the unused hardwood furniture hidden away in storage or in the garage. Hardwood furniture tends to be older and better quality than chipboard or plastic furniture available at places like IKEA these days, no matter how fancy the new stuff looks. Bringing your hardwood furniture into the house can add a real vintage charm, so drag it out of storage onto the lawn and dust it off. You might want to oil it before bringing it inside, depending on what kind of condition it’s in, but either way once it’s clean and inside, you’re golden.
Reupholstering old chairs or couches is a huge job, and more than that, ensuring you don’t accidentally ruin the furniture is very important, so it’s worth paying a professional to do this for you. It’ll cost a bit less if you can supply the material and it’s easy to work with, and the sooner you can get those armchairs back in place the sooner you’ll have plenty of places for guests to sit.
A Lick of Paint
Painting a room is hard work, but it can change the whole vibe of a place pretty flawlessly.
There’s also the option of painting some furniture or larger house-relevant pieces such as a bar in order to make them seem newer and more exciting. Changing your paint job can change your whole room, so try it out and see if you like it.
The Digital Treatment
A popular thing to do with upcycled furnishings and decorations is to give them some kind of electronic interactive nature by installing some hardware in them. The easiest of these is programmable LEDs, which can be installed in pretty much anything with the right tools, and turns anything into a light source.
Any broken or damaged goods can be made interesting and beautiful by featuring their repairs as a talking point. As an example, imagine you had a table with a large split down the middle of it, and you repaired it by mixing opaque glue with glow dust, making it glow in the dark along the fracture. Broken furniture can be upcycled in many different ways if you know how to repurpose pieces.
Grabbing old things from antique dealers to use as decorations has long been a tradition of younger people.
However, recently it’s really hit it’s stride, with the number of secondhand and antique shops shooting through the roof. These items add a rustic charm to your room design, and aren’t always hugely expensive.
Vintage Wallpaper Wonder
Finally, we have the vintage wallpaper.
If you’re ever able to get your hands on vintage wallpaper, you can use it to wrap storage items like shoe boxes or sugar jars to make them more interesting and unique. This also gives them a vintage spin, which is very popular in interior design.
This shows you that the things you have lying around could totally change the feel and function of your current living situation, so don’t be afraid to grab on with both hands and get stuck right into upcycling.