Old Furniture & Your New House in Tulsa 07/23/2018By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group Moving into a new home can be pricey, yet exciting adventure. After paying out money for down payments, closing costs, rental deposits, utility transfers, and a moving company to move your things from origin to destination, there could be little money left for investing in new furniture. If you discover yourself in a position where the items you loved in your former home do not work so wonderfully in your new place in Tulsa, push up your sleeves and get to work some DIY tricks to give your furniture a whole new look! Refinishing Wood Pieces Many times all an old piece of wood furniture requires is a new coat of paint or stain to make it look new and fresh again. Changing the look of a piece of wood furniture is easy to do during a free afternoon and will really transform it into a piece that will blend into the look and feel of your new residence in Tulsa. For a contemporary look, plan on a bright or white finish. If you are relocating from a contemporary home to one that is more traditional, consider warm and dark colors. You can also distress the paint job and accent it with tidbits of color to accomplish a shabby chic finish. TLC for Upholstered Furniture Do you have a love seat that feels like you are reclining on a cloud when you kick up your feet to read, but the fabric is very worn? If this rings a bell, you may be able to fix up this cherished piece of furniture. Give it a good wipe down with upholstery cleaner and a soft bristled brush or have a cleaning company to come over and do the hard work for you. If there are tears in the fabric, you might be able to flip the cushions over, sew up the tears with a special needle and thread, or recover it with new material from your local fabric store. Reupholstering furniture can be intricate to do right, but there are lots of videos on the internet that can help you with the process. Teaching yourself how to repair your own furniture can save you hundreds of dollars. Experiment with Placement There is no hard and fast regulation that a certain piece of furniture is must be in a certain 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 space where it feels right. When you move into a new home, you will most likely find that the dimensions are different, and that furniture arrangements that used to look great will not work quite the same in your new space. Rearrange 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 it’s lots of fun giving your new place the ambiance you love with a little bit of creativity. Highlight architectural details, color palettes, window views, and other features by adding accents to each area the right way. Look for art, blinds, vases, throw rugs, pillows, and knick-knacks that pull the room together and make your used furniture blend 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 enhancements. Moving into a new house in Tulsa doesn’t mean that you have to give up adored furnishings and decorations. You can tap into 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 find fabrics, paint colors, and accessories that accent your true style and showcase the beauty of your new house in Tulsa.