Don't want to ante up? 3 ways to make your old space feel new again

Don't want to ante up? 3 ways to make your old space feel new again

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Want to refresh your space, but don’t want to make the investment right now?  We have all been there.

Rather than buy something cheap that will look cheap quickly, I recommend doing the following:

Recover

Paint

Repurpose

Doing any of the above individually will instantly give your space a lift, and combined these tips have the power to absolutely transform your home!

Let’s dive in.

Recover:

Recovering a beloved piece of furniture can seem like a daunting task, but it really isn’t.  There are several options to choose from, including the quick fix of purchasing a slip cover.  In my experience, slip covers are a bit tricky and tend to fit your furniture well enough to cover it, but not well enough to make it look like it wasn’t a quick fix.  Get what I’m saying here?  That being said, there are exceptions to every rule and if you find a cover that works well, go for it.  My recommendation however, is to choose a fabric you love that coincides with your desired color palette for the space, and then hire a professional to recover it.  With the right fabric, your furniture will look new!

Don’t want to hire a professional, but still want to recover?  It requires a fair amount of work and some tools, but it is possible!

Here is a DIY video on recovering a dining room chair with buttons:

Paint:

There is something amazing that accompanies a fresh coat of paint.  Its like the first day of school, or the first day of a new year – it makes you feel like the possibilities are endless.  If you are feeling stuck in your current look, one of the fastest ways to get out of that rut is with paint.

You want your home to reflect YOU!  So what colors do you gravitate toward?  Neutrals?  Bright?  Dark?  Subdued?  Pick a color palette you love and have fun transforming your space.  You could paint a feature wall.  You could repaint a dresser.  You could repaint a coffee table.  Really the possibilities for paint are endless!

For some fun inspiration surrounding paint, check out Ralph Lauren’s new collection at Home Depot.  With a gallon and a little elbow grease, you could look like you are living at his famous Telluride, CO ranch…

Polished Patina

Metallic

Antiqued Leather

Indigo Denim

Repurpose:

I love repurposing furniture!  It is a great way to utilize what you already have and make it feel fresh again.  Have antique crates?  Lean them on their side and stack them to create an interesting bookshelf.  Have victorian doors? Paint them a color that compliments your master bedroom and use them as a custom head board.  Have a beautiful rug you love, but no more floor space to put it?  Hang it on a wall and use it as artwork.

Here are some fun finds from Etsy:

www.etsy.com ArtspaceIndustrial Vintage Repurposed Steel Locker Console Cabinet

www.etsy.com ArtspaceIndustrial Vintage Repurposed Steel Locker Console Cabinet

 

www.etsy.com JNMRusticDesigns Reclaimed Wood Headboard

www.etsy.com JNMRusticDesigns Reclaimed Wood Headboard

 

www.etsy.com sgwoodworks Gorgeous Repurposed Handmade Vintage Piano Wine Bar

www.etsy.com sgwoodworks Gorgeous Repurposed Handmade Vintage Piano Wine Bar

 

Refreshing your space doesn’t have to equate to spending a fortune.  Recovering, painting, and repurposing are great ways to help you fall in love with your home again.

Should you need further interior design assistance, please email us at minhnuyet@minhnuyethardy.com.

Did you apply any of these techniques to your space?  How did it turn out?  I would love to hear from you/see photos.

Have a spart, stylish, and REFRESHING day!

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