Have you ever considered refurbishing old items to create a new look for your home? Recycling used items of furniture isn’t just a way to save money; it is also a great technique to giving your home a makeover.
Creating a new look without spending too much can be done in two ways. Firstly, you can refurbish your old unwanted pieces; scour your home to find items which can be refurbished -you may find your countertop needs repainting, old couches need to be reupholstered, or some household items can be recycled to serve a whole new purpose. If you don’t have any pre-loved items lying around, you can find some by either looking on sites like Quicksales (view their site here – http://www.quicksales.com.au/), or at your local thrift store – and do makeovers on these purchases.
Below are some household items you can consider for refurbishing.
Having trouble sleeping? If your mattress springs are broken, you can still use the box springs to create a unique message board. You’ll need to clean the mattress springs with soapy water and a wire brush. Next, protect the springs with a clear overcoat; your new message board is ready. Just use clothes pins to hold your messages up!
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Have your countertops faded? Do they have scratches from all your hard work in the kitchen? You can even change your countertop’s appearance to look like granite! Remove the stains using a mixture of water and baking soda. Cover the stain with the paste and let sit for a few hours. Wipe the mixture off the countertop with a paper towel and the stain should be gone.
A little creativity is needed to make your countertop look like it’s made of granite. The first step is to clean the surface with soapy water. Also, you need to cover areas that you won’t be painting. Use painter’s tape for this task. This way, you can avoid splotches of paint on the backsplash, faucets, sink, etc. Next, you’ll need to apply a primer, preferably the oil-based kind; and let it dry for about 4 hours. You may want to repaint it 3 or 4 times to get the required look. For a more realistic granite-looking countertop, observe what granite looks like. Using a sponge and dabbing motions, you can reproduce the granite patterns. When you’re satisfied with the pattern, protect the surface with acrylic polyurethane topcoats.
Do you have old vases that are just taking space in your kitchen cupboard? Why not turn them into lamps? You just need your power drill, glass or ceramic cutting drill bit, lampshade, epoxy glue, light bulb, and a lamp kit. Once you have all the items ready, you can just follow the simple instructions found in the lamp kit and you will have a one-of-a-kind lamp. On the other hand, you can also turn lamps into vases if you’re looking for other DIY projects.
Refurbishing has its benefits. Not only can you save money, you can also create new household items to add to your home’s new look. In addition, you will also help save the planet’s resources when you recycle old items into new ones!
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