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Decorating With Old Furnishings For A New Look

By Abbie Osborne-Wilson

Using second hand items to decorate your home is one of the best cost-effective ways for home improvement. Displaying used furniture, decorations and antiques can be just as impressive as when renovating with brand new furnishings. Some polishing work and a few changes will complete your home decorating project without going heavy on your savings.

Depending on the state of the old furniture, it can be either used as is or fixed with some minor work such as varnishing, polishing, replacing some parts or upholstering. It can also be customized to suit your taste, particularly with your choice of color and design.

An already used furniture can be given an antique look by rubbing off paint in specific spots of the object using a sandpaper. Alternatively, using crackle paint will do the trick for an old-looking but stylish piece of furniture.

Old chairs, couch and sofa can look new too with a change of fabric. Better, this doesn’t have to be brand new either. You can use an old area rug with a nice color and design and use the fabric as the cushion or covering. Any clothing that you no longer use but still has a nice shade and texture to it can be used as well.

Decorating with hand-me-down accessories is fun, what with all the collections and assortments. It’s like going to a hip party and meeting all sorts of people who, in different ways live up to the standard of being “cool.” Shopping for items is already an adventure and to see attractive ornaments that cost very little is indeed a great bargain.

Be sure to use knick knacks to decorate your home as these will really add a bit of style to any room. You do not have to buy them new. Go to rummage sales and antiques stores to get knick knacks for the home. Look for those that you like and will like to continue looking at for years to come. You may even learn to like collecting some of the knick knacks that you can use to grace your home.

Used furnishings are not necessarily cheap. Well, they are and that’s what’s appealing about them, but you know what I mean. Not all are tacky and inferior. In fact, you can find lots of unique pieces that you wouldn’t normally see in major retail outlets. Most are also in very good condition while others just need a little reworking and they’re good to go as your new displays. Old furnishings can make your home look new…ironic isn’t it? But so true.

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