Old Furniture & Your New House in Houston 07/23/2018By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group Moving into a new residence can be a costly, yet exciting adventure. After spending money for down payments, closing costs, rental deposits, utility transfers, and a moving company to move your belongings from one location to another, there may be little money left for purchasing new furniture. If you discover yourself in a dilemma where the belongings you were in love with in your previous house do not fit in so wonderfully in your new place in Houston, push up your sleeves and get to work some DIY tricks to give your furniture a facelift! Refinishing Wood Pieces Many times all an old piece of wood furniture needs is a fresh coat of paint or stain to make it look current and fresh again. Changing the look of a piece of wood furniture is fairly simple to do during a free weekend day and will certainly make it into a piece that will fit into the look and feel of your new residence in Houston. For a modern look, plan on a bright or white finish. If you are going from a modern abode to something that is older and classic, plan on warm and dark colors. You can also distress the paint job and accent it with tidbits of color to accomplish a shabby chic finish. TLC for Upholstered Furniture Do you own a love seat that feels like you are lounging on feathers when you put up your feet to relax, but the fabric is very worn? If this resonates with you, you might be able to help this beloved piece of furniture. Give it a good scrub down with upholstery cleaner and a soft bristled brush or find a cleaning company to come over and do the dirty work for you. If there are rips in the fabric, you may be able to flip the cushions over, fix the tears with upholstery needle and thread, or reupholster it with new fabric from your local craft shop. Reupholstering furniture can be tricky to do the right way, but there are lots of videos on YouTube that can help you with the steps. Teaching yourself how to fix your own furniture can save you a lot of money. Experiment with Placement There is no hard and fast guideline that a specific piece of furniture is has to be in a certain room, unless it is a bed or kitchen table. If you find that a specific sofa table, cabinet, or nightstand is not working in a room in your new abode, move it into another room where it feels right. When you move into a new home, you will probably find that the dimensions are different, and that furniture arrangements that used to look great will not work quite the same in your new space. Experiment with the furniture you own and see if you can find all new arrangements that you enjoy. The Finishing Touches Home decorating is an art and it’s lots of fun giving your new place the setting you desire with some creativity. Highlight architectural details, color palettes, window views, and other items by adding accents to each area the right way. Look for art, window treatments, vases, rugs, pillows, and knick-knacks that pull the room together and make your old furniture blend in. If your decorating budget is tight, consider sewing your own window treatments and finding decorations at your local thrift store that can be upcycled with paint and embellishments. Moving into a new house in Houston does not mean that you have to part ways with your cherished furnishings and decorations. You can utilize your DIY skills to give your pieces a makeover and save a lot of money in the process. Be creative with the furniture arrangement and use materials, paint colors, and accessories that show off your true style and showcase the beauty of your new place in Houston.