When you’re trying to redesign your house, replacing all of your furniture with brand new stuff is going to really cost you. But the problem is, you don’t want to leave any of the old stuff in the house when you’re trying to create a brand new aesthetic. So, what do you do? Well, you can’t afford to buy brand new furniture, and you don’t have to if you’re willing to put a bit of extra time in. Thrift shops are an absolute goldmine when it comes to finding furniture and the prices are far more reasonable than buying brand new. The stuff that you find there will need a bit of work before it’s ready to put in the house, but it’s a fun way of getting some cheap furniture and learning a few new skills along the way. If you’re thinking about repurposing some furniture of your own, check out this quick guide to make sure that you do it right.
What To Buy
The key to creating great pieces of furniture on a shoestring budget is buying well. There are plenty of furniture that isn’t going to be any good so you need to know how to spot the good stuff. The first thing to look for is the quality of the wood. If you pick up something that’s made of chipboard with a tacky plastic veneer on it, you won’t be able to do much with it. Look for anything that is solid wood and feels nice and sturdy.
Next, you need to be checking for damage. Any cracks that are especially large should be a warning sign. There isn’t a huge amount you can do about it so if there are big cracks then you should avoid it. Smaller gaps aren’t too much of a problem if you’re going to repaint the furniture because you can fill them before you do. If there are lots of small holes on the furniture, that’s a sure sign of woodworm. If it isn’t that bad then you can salvage it but if the whole thing is covered then it’s probably a lost cause.
The first thing you need to do if you have a few woodworm holes is to apply some woodworm killer to make sure that there’s none left alive in there. Next, you need to make sure that the wood is stable. Get yourself some wood hardener and paint it on, making sure to get inside all of the holes, don’t worry about the amount you’re putting on, you can be as liberal as you like. Visit sites like Woodworking Fuel for more detailed information on the best products to use. Once it’s dried up, the final step is to use a good quality filler and fill all those little holes, then you’re ready to start finishing.
Repurposing The Wood
The furniture is likely to have been sitting around for years so it’ll need a good clean before you do anything else. Then you’ll need to sand off all of the old varnishes or paint to get yourself a fresh surface. From there, it’s your choice what you do next. You can either re varnish the wood, or paint it in whatever color you like.