With the start of the new year, it’s natural to look around your closet and get rid of old clothes and things that are starting to look worn. The same can be applied to your home! No one likes to see their wooden furniture looking tired, their metals losing their gloss and their home lacking lustre. Revamping your home doesn’t have to be an expensive or painful ordeal, especially when you have quick and easy DIY tips from us!
Refinishing Dull Wood
This works very well for antiques or pieces that have been thrown around a little too much. When you see scratches and marks covering your wooden furniture, you can consider using this homemade recipe to refinish your wood and have it looking glossy and new. Mix ¾ cups of olive or vegetable oil with about a ¼ cup of vinegar (both white and apple cider vinegar work fine), dip a rag into it and wipe down your wooden pieces. This little remedy will bring your older furniture back to life!
Shining Your Metallics
Silver accents can make beautiful additions to your home but if not cared for properly, they will start to look old and dull. To clean silver we suggest using a little bit of toothpaste on a soft-bristled toothbrush to get rid of any tarnish. For outdoor furniture, all you need is a cloth wrung from warm and soapy water which will get rid of rust and any other marks or damage.
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Using Textiles on Tables and Benches
You can use old carpets and cushion covers to create very rustic, hipster looking furniture. Upholstering a bench or coffee table is much easier than a sofa and can easily be done at home. All you’ll need is some foam batting, a staple gun, screws and a drill. Once you get the foam around the object you want to upholster, staple your fabric around this piece and you’ll soon have a brand-new bench or table!
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Painting With Stencils
Painting a wall may not sound super exciting but when you throw stencils into the mix, you’ll find that your old walls are suddenly looking a lot perkier. You can apply this same logic to table tops, closets and even headboards. All you need is some spray paint or regular paint and a stencil that you like.
Decoupage on Tabletops
Decoupage is a really great way to give an old table top some colour and personality. We suggest creating or using a readymade stencil inside which you can directly decoupage either one colour or a combination of prints and designs. Once you press your decoupage sealant onto the stencil and designs, use a pen knife to cut out the stencil and seal your new design on with a clear sealant spray. This is a great way to really transform a plain Jane table into something unique.
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