Old Furniture & Your New House in Oklahoma City

Moving to New Home

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
Moving into a new residence can be an expensive, yet fun experience. After shelling out money for down payments, closing costs, rental deposits, utility transfers, and a moving company to move your things from one location to another, there might be little money left for buying new furniture. If you discover yourself in a dilemma where the pieces you adored in your old home do not work so wonderfully in your new living space in Oklahoma City, push up your sleeves and use these DIY tricks to give your furniture a renovation!

Refinishing Wood Pieces

Sometimes all an old piece of wood furniture warrants is a new coat of paint or stain to make it appear lively and fresh again. Changing the look of a piece of wood furniture is fairly simple to do during a free afternoon and will certainly make it into an item that will fit into the look and feel of your new house in Oklahoma City. For a modern and contemporary look, give it a bright or white finish. If you are going from a modern residence to something that is more traditional, plan on warm and dark colors. You can also distress the paint job and accent it with tidbits of color to achieve a shabby chic look.

TLC for Upholstered Furniture

Do you own a couch that feels like you are lounging on a cloud of cotton when you kick up your feet to read, but the material has seen better days? If this resonates with you, you might be able to fix up this cherished piece of furniture. Give it a good cleaning with upholstery cleaner and a soft bristled brush or have a cleaning company to come over and do the tough work for you. If there are rips in the material, you may be able to flip the cushions over, sew up the tears with upholstery needle and thread, or reupholster it with new material from your local craft store. Reupholstering furniture can be tricky to do correctly, but there are numerous videos online that can teach you the steps. Learning how to overhaul your own furniture can save you a decent amount of cash.

Experiment with Placement

There is no set rule that a specific piece of furniture is has to be in a specific room, unless it is a bed or kitchen table. If you find that a specific end table, cabinet, or bookshelf is not working in a room in your new space, move it into another area where it feels right. When you move into a new residence, you will probably find that the dimensions are different, and that furniture alignment 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 discover a new design that you love.

The Finishing Touches

Home decorating is an art and it’s lots of fun giving your new place the setting you love with a little creativity. Highlight architectural details, color palettes, window views, and other items by adorning each room the right way. Find art, drapes, vases, throw rugs, pillows, and knick-knacks that tie the room together and make your existing furniture fit in. If your decorating budget is tight, think about making your own drapes and finding decorations at your local thrift store that can be upcycled with paint and adornments.

Moving into a new house in Oklahoma City doesn’t mean that you have to give up adored furniture and decorations. You can utilize your DIY skills to give your stuff a makeover and save a lot of money at the same time. Be creative with the furniture placement and use fabrics, paint colors, and accessories that accent your true style and showcase the beauty of your new place in Oklahoma City.