Monday, August 27, 2012

Tip of the Week - "Brand-New" Old Furniture

This week's tip comes straight from one woman in my world who knows how to make a fabulous DIY-inspired home:  My Mama!  Having recently purchased a lovely new house in a lovely little neighborhood my mom has been hard at work settling into the space and decorating it to her liking.  Ever the frugal shopper and always on the lookout for unique and eclectic pieces, she has snagged some amazing finds anywhere from local garage sales, and most recently, through Craigslist.  Her obsession right now is corner cabinets.  See examples below.  Used furniture is a fantastic way to furnish your home at a fraction of the cost of retail.  Finding the perfect piece may take some time, but once you see it, you will know.  And once you have it, all you that's left to do is clean, protect and decide where the new piece will fit into your current space.

Depending on the condition of the piece, I recommend a quick wipe down using a soft cloth and a very small amount of warm water.  If the piece is particularly grimy, you can also try mineral spirits which will help with wax build up, stains and scuff marks.  More on mineral spirits here.

Once the item is cleaned to your standards, Mom recommends her secret weapon for furniture restoration:  Old English.  This stuff is amazing.  Any imperfections, nicks, scratches, you name it, are no match for Old English.  Mom uses Old English Scratch Cover in both Light and Dark (depending on the wood) and every time, the end result is a beautiful finish, restoring the dull surface to gleam and shine.  It is also a great way to protect the surface and make it last for years to come.  Learn more about using Old English on your furniture by heading to the Furniture Care section of their website.

After cleaning and protecting the item, its now time to fit it into your surroundings.  Used furniture offers a diverse look to decor; especially if you tend to move away from a "matchy-matchy" vibe.  And don't be afraid to mix it up.  Use an antique dresser in your dining room for napkins and extra silver ware.  A one-of-a-kind end table can hold the TV in your bedroom.  An antique, display cabinet can hold towels and toiletries in your bathroom.  The possibilities are endless. 

Finding the perfect arrangement of furniture and decor in your home does not have to be a stressful, big money event.  Most sellers are willing to negotiate and the point here is to kindly and respectfully approach the bartering process.  It never hurts to ask. Take your time, find what you like, and with a little love and elbow grease, your surroundings can become a very Happy space.

A corner cabinet my mom purchased from Craigslist holds her collection of antique, green glass.

A retro end table.

A gorgeous display cabinet cleaned and shined to it's original glory, now proudly displays vintage china in my mom's dining room.
Happy Monday everyone!


Rose Mandarino said...

Momma loves her Old English!

Thornhill Louis said...

Great article. It really looks beautiful. I like your idea of using liming wax for furniture polishing. Thanks for sharing this information.
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