Old Furniture & Your New House in San Antonio

Moving to New Home

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
Moving into a new residence is an expensive, yet exciting time. After spending money for down payments, closing costs, rental deposits, utility transfers, and a moving company to move your belongings from point A to point B, there may be little money left for investing in new furniture. If you discover yourself in a position where the pieces you were in love with in your old home do not fit in so wonderfully in your new abode in San Antonio, roll up your sleeves and get to work the following DIY tricks to give your furniture a whole new look!

Refinishing Wood Pieces

Many times all an old piece of wood furniture needs is an updated coat of paint or stain to make it appear lively and fresh again. Changing the finish of a piece of wood furniture is not difficult to do during a free weekend day and will certainly transform it into an item that will blend into the style of your new residence in San Antonio. For a modern and contemporary look, plan on a bright or white finish. If you are going from a modern residence to one that is older and classic, plan on warm and dark colors. You can also distress the paint job and accent it with hints of color to accomplish a shabby chic appearance.

TLC for Upholstered Furniture

Do you own a couch that feels like you are sitting on feathers when you put up your feet to read, but the fabric is getting thin? If this sounds familiar, you could be able to help this precious piece of furniture. Give it a good scrub down with upholstery cleaner and a soft bristled brush or arrange for a cleaning company to come over and do the hard work for you. If there are rips or tears in the material, you may be able to flip the cushions over, fix the rips with upholstery needle and thread, or recover it with new material from your local craft shop. Reupholstering furniture can be tricky to do the right way, but there are numerous videos on the internet that can walk you through the steps. Teaching yourself how to repair your own furniture can save you hundreds of dollars.

Experiment with Placement

There is no hard and fast guideline that a certain item of furniture is supposed to be in a specific room, unless it is a bed or kitchen table. If you find that a specific end table, cabinet, or bedside table is not working in a room in your new space, move it into another room where it feels right. When you move into a new house, you will most likely realize that the dimensions are different, and that furniture organization that looked amazing before will not work quite the same in your new area. Rearrange 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 you can have a lot of fun giving your new space the ambiance you desire with some creativity. Highlight architectural details, color palettes, window views, and other features by adorning each room the right way. Use art, drapes, vases, throw rugs, pillows, and knick-knacks that tie the room together and help your old furniture blend in. If you don’t have a big decorating budget, contemplate sewing your own drapes and finding decorations at your local thrift store that can be upcycled with paint and enhancements.

Moving into a new residence in San Antonio doesn’t mean that you have to part ways with your beloved furniture and decorations. You can utilize your DIY skills to give your items a makeover and save a lot of money in the process. 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 San Antonio.