Old Furniture & Your New House in Dallas

Moving to New Home

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 
Moving into a new residence can be pricey, yet exhilarating time. After spending money for down payments, closing costs, rental deposits, utility transfers, and a moving company to relocate your belongings from point A to point B, there may be little money left for buying new furniture. If you find yourself in a position where the pieces you adored in your former house do not fit in so well in your new living space in Dallas, roll up your sleeves and read up on some DIY tricks to give your furniture a facelift!

Refinishing Wood Pieces

Sometimes all an old piece of wood furniture warrants is an updated coat of paint or stain to make it seem new and fresh again. Changing the finish of a piece of wood furniture is fairly simple to do during a free day and will really make it into a piece that will blend into the style of your new residence in Dallas. For a modern look, think about a bright or white finish. If you are moving from a contemporary home to one that is classic, consider warm and dark colors. You can also distress the paint job and accent it with hints of color to achieve a shabby chic look.

TLC for Upholstered Furniture

Do you own a sofa that feels like you are reclining on a cloud of cotton when you put up your feet to relax, but the material has seen better days? If this rings a bell, you could be able to help this precious piece of furniture. Give it a good cleaning with upholstery cleaner and a soft bristled brush or arrange for a cleaning company to come over and do the tough work for you. If there are tears in the fabric, you may be able to flip the cushions over, sew up the snags with a special needle and thread, or reupholster it with new fabric from your local fabric store. Reupholstering furniture can be tricky to do the right way, but there are numerous videos on the internet that can teach you the steps. Teaching yourself how to fix your own furniture can save you hundreds of dollars.

Experiment with Placement

There is no hard and fast rule that a certain piece of furniture is must be in a certain room, unless it is a bed or kitchen table. If you feel that a specific sofa table, cabinet, or bedside table is not working in a room in your new home, move it into another area where it feels right. When you move into a new house, you will probably discover that the dimensions are different, and that furniture alignment that used to look great will not work quite the same in your new space. Arrange the furniture you own and see if you can discover a new design that you enjoy.

The Finishing Touches

Home decorating is a fine art and you can have a lot of fun giving your new place the setting you love with some creativity. Highlight architectural details, color palettes, window views, and other specifics by adding accents to each area the right way. Find art, window treatments, vases, throw rugs, pillows, and knick-knacks that pull the room together and allow your old furniture fit in. If your decorating budget is tight, consider sewing your own drapes and finding decorations at your local thrift store that can be upcycled with paint and embellishments.

Moving into a new house in Dallas does not mean that you have to give up adored furniture and decorations. You can utilize your DIY abilities to give your pieces a makeover and save a lot of money at the same time. Be creative with the furniture placement and look for materials, paint colors, and accessories that accent your true style and showcase the beauty of your new home in Dallas.