Adding Character To Your Home With Antique Furniture
So you are ready to re-model or move into a new home! How exciting. New furniture is great, but there is nothing quite like the character of antique pieces that you can easily make your own. Mixing and matching pieces creates such a unique, layered look in your home that your guests are sure to swoon over.
You don't have to be a master re-finisher to create a charming new look for one of your rooms, but you do need to keep a few things in mind.
1. Keep an Open Mind (And Eye!)
With the beauty of the internet these days, it's easy to find previously used and older furniture pieces for sale, but you need to keep an open mind. The pieces you find are not going to look pristine and ready-to-go when you first see them. That is where you and your creativity come into play! Picture in your mind a loose model of what you are looking for and what purpose you need the piece to provide, then try and find something similar. Forget about the colors and accents, those can all easily be changed!
2. Organize a Budget Before Buying
Sometimes reviving old furniture pieces is cheaper than buying new, but sometimes the cost is the same or even more expensive. If you are looking for a large furniture piece and come across the perfect fit, make sure you are not only figuring in the cost to purchase the piece, but the supplies and time needed to restore it. If you are modeling a brand new room from scratch, try budgeting out the entire room first, pick out what you would like to see in that room and then budget out costs for furniture. Home designers estimate that a low-end of re-doing an entire room would start around $1,000 on the cost-effective end and $5,000 or more on the higher end.
3. Prep Your Furniture
Okay, you picked out your piece, awesome! Now you need to know what steps to do first. Using sand paper or a sanding block, sand down the previous finish and any uneven surfaces. Once the furniture feels smooth, wipe away any existing dust from the surface with a damp paper towel.
4. Use Primer
Painting furniture is the easiest way to restore a piece without using too much elbow grease. But you need to do it the right way so you won't have problems later. Doing so will ensure the new paint color adheres properly. Allow to dry completely before moving on.
Get to it! Depending on the piece, you may need a paintbrush, mini roller, large roller or even a spray gun. Don't forget your paint trays and liners, too! If you are using a braintbrush, this Handy Paint Cup can come in handy for more efficient work. You can find all of these items at your local paint store or Home Depot or Lowes.
5. Re-Upholster If Necessary
This step is a little more involved, so if you are a newbie or cannot devote a ton of time to restoring pieces, you may want to leave this step to an upholstery professional in your area. But if you are feeling up to it, get to it! You will need a hot glue gun and staple gun for this project. You can see step-by-step instructions with photos on the Behr blog website here.
Whether you are buying all new furniture, all antiques or mixing and matching both looks, we hope your rooms turn out outstanding and bring you lots of joy. Don't forget to continue browsing our site and give us a ring or drop us a line if you need some painting or contracting work done. We would be happy to work with you.
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