REUSE, RENEW, RECYCLE… I love applying these principles to furniture. With a little creativity and patience, outdated pieces can be reinvented, transforming discards into personal treasures with a story. Sometimes the redo is better than the original! Look for pieces with solid construction and interesting or desirable features and use your imagination! Converting an item for a special use, such as housing sound equipment, is a relatively easy update. Slipcovering an item can extend its life more cost effectively than reupholstering. Depending on the fabric selection, slipcovers can even be machine washable. Painting furniture is also a fun way to bring new life to a tired piece.
IN THE KITCHEN… A new look can be a very expensive proposition. If you just want a fresh update and your cabinets are in good condition, there are lots of options for producing a commanding facelift. Consider painting, resurfacing, or refinishing your cabinets. Especially if you like the existing layout and style, refinishing can be a cost-effective solution while saving landfill waste. Painted, distressed, and glazed finishes are great choices. Another option is installing a new countertop. The addition of under-cabinet lighting can add important purposeful improvement and accent that new countertop. Granite and stone have been the gold standard in recent years and are more affordable than ever, but they are still an investment. Engineered stone alternatives generally are not less expensive but do have some functional advantages such as scratch and stain resistance. Paper stone, recycled glass, and concrete, are unexpected and exciting choices. Another great kitchen update is to add a new tile backsplash, and patterns and options are endless.
IT’S A WRAP
If you are considering a more involved construction project, it is important to keep a few things in mind. The objective and design should be different depending on how long you plan to stay in your home, your budget, and your tolerance for disruption. It’s always best to choose quality materials and methods that yield permanent and value-added solutions. A redo down the road will cost more than doing it right the first time. Construction is an investment that should be considered and planned carefully. Design smart and enjoy the results!
Yes, the 3 part series is a wrap, but stay tuned for more fun ideas on budget friendly design solutions.
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