10 Cheap Furniture Re-Dos
Sticker shock is likely to assault anyone who wanders into a furniture showroom these days. Relax. There's really no need to replace the tired-looking pieces scattered around your home. With a few simple and inexpensive supplies, you can create a whole new look that will give the illusion of having spent a fortune.
Maybe there's half of a can of paint leftover from a recent bathroom redo or some spray paint sitting in the hall closet. Use these supplies to recoat just about anything -- a bed frame, coffee table, picture frame, side table. If you prefer a different color or don't have any paint sitting around, spray paint runs about $7 a can. If you need just a small amount of brush-on paint, pick up a custom-color sample at the hardware store for about the same price.
Professional reupholstering can be expensive, what with the price of upholstery fabric and the labor involved. If you take on a small job yourself, however, you'll save on the labor costs. Doing so may even let you splurge on the fabric. Figure on spending a minimum of $20 to $30 a yard.
For a chair or bench that needs a pick-me-up, a new cushion works wonders. To make a custom pillow, carefully measure the length and width and choose foam or filling that is thick enough for comfort, not just for the visual effect. You can save some cash by reusing old pillows or cushions and adding new coverings that match the room.
It may seem counterintuitive to make something look old in order for it to look new again, but shabby chic is "in" right now. Sand paper, Vaseline, and a streaky paint job can give the finish on a piece of furniture that sought-after weathered air.
Before you deposit that old piece of furniture at the thrift store or at the curb, think outside the box. It may have outlived its intended purpose, but you can assign it a different task. A bar stool, for example, just needs a fresh coat of paint to serve as a plant stand or small table for knick-knacks.