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Furniture Tips

Keep your furniture out of the landfill and revamp your home's look by upcycling some of your existing pieces. Upcycling your furniture is a cost-effective alternative to purchasing new furniture. Our real estate agents know that strategically adding a few upcycled pieces to your home can help it appeal to potential buyers. Here are some tips to follow to help you get started. 

  1. Start with a Clean Slate
    Before you start your project, it's essential to properly prepare your furniture. You want your furniture as clean as possible so that your new paint or stain doesn't have dust mixed in. While furniture polish works well for removing small amounts of dirt and grime, an oil soap designed for cleaning furniture is effective on even the thickest layers of filth. 
  1. Gather All Your Supplies
    Gather everything that you need to upcycle your furniture beforehand. This includes items like tools, new hardware, paint or stain, paint brushes, cleaning supplies, sandpaper, and dropcloths for your workspace. Make sure to order extra paint, stain, or fabric in case you have a mishap. 
  1. Be Realistic with Your Capabilities
    If you're a novice when it comes to DIY, select a project that's suited to your abilities. It's fine to try to learn a new skill, but start small so that you don't get frustrated or overwhelmed. For example, instead of upholstering your whole couch, start with your dining room chairs. Paint old furniture with chalkboard paint that's forgiving, requires minimal surface preparation and is easy to work with instead of opting for a product that states you have to sand and prep the surface. Make sure to allocate ample time for your project. You may want to revamp a few pieces before adding your home to the inventory of Houma homes for sale; if so, schedule in more time than you think you'll need to see that the pieces are done in time. 
  1. Stick with Durable Pieces
    When you're choosing a piece of furniture to upcycle, avoid selecting pieces produced from cheap, flimsy particleboard. Particleboard simply isn't strong enough to withstand extensive sanding and cutting. Instead, choose furniture crafted from wood. Wood pieces have longevity, and they can stand up to a little demo work. You have a lot of options for overhauling the look of wood furniture, including paint, stain, or even wallpaper. Lacking sturdy furniture around your home? Try a thrift store or yard sale to pick up pieces at budget-friendly prices. 
  1. Think Outside the Box
    While you may envision furniture when planning your upcycling projects, it's also possible to upcycle smaller household items. Glass jars are an excellent alternative to repurpose for additional storage; clean the jar out well with soap and use nail polish to eradicate any sticky residue from the label. Use your old suitcase to create a new bookcase or coffee table. Give an old picture frame a fresh coat of paint and turn it into a makeup or jewelry tray. 
  1. Invest in Quality Material
    It's a smart idea to spend a little extra money on the materials for your project. A cheap paintbrush will result in uneven coats and potentially leave bristles on your furniture. A high-quality paint will ensure you have even coverage that won't chip or fade. 

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