We live in a society where overconsumption is encouraged.
We often choose to go with the cheaper option that won’t last, rather than the more expensive option that will last a lifetime. Even if you realize that it was not the best decision, what do you do?
I’m not perfect. I have also made bad purchases in my lifetime. I still try to buy less but better, even though it means waiting until I can replace a product.
As many others, I still have a lot cheap furniture at home (tried to, the type of stuff we bought for our first apartment).
Here are some ways to give them a second existence without spending a fortune and, most importantly, without making it too difficult. Even if your not a skilled manual reader, you can still follow this guide.
Do not throw away furniture that you aren’t interested in any work. If you don’t have the money to pay for them, give them away or sell them on Kijiji.
My sofa, $300 that lasted almost ten years
In 2016, I had the idea to write this ticket. It was about my curette sofa that I bought in 2007 for $ 300. After living in my apartment for several months, my brother’s futon, which I used to be a sofa, was no longer comfortable. I could feel the metal bars when I was sitting on it!
Except that I was a student in 2007 and not so wealthy.
I bought a sofa in modern style at $ 300 without asking any questions when I saw it. He was a reliable and trustworthy worker for several years. Surprisingly, given how well I used it, it took so long!
Except that the curette began to fall off after seven years. It was not serious at first. It became quite obvious, so I decided to use the pier to cover the seat. It was easy because I already had the pier at my home. It was also perfectly suited to my decor.
The seat became as uncomfortable as the futon after another two or three more years.
I inquired about the options, but unfortunately, the cushions didn’t come off the sofa.
I could have used a foam foundation and a custom cover to save the sofa (the sofa is not standard size). However, this option was quite expensive.
After trying to offer the sofa to someone who could have made an outdoor sofa from the wooden base, I gave up and decided to dispose of it. My brother did a similar job at home, and the result was impressive).
I replaced this sofa with a model with removable cushions. This allowed me to easily add padding if it became too uncomfortable. I also chose a material that was different from the curette.
Ikea too much TV furniture
I regret buying this Ikea TV furniture piece. Although I love this store and the furniture is beautiful, it was far too expensive for me.
It looked cheap and plastic. I was disappointed that it wasn’t a good fit for my living room. Photos can be found here.
However, I knew there was a way to save him. I was inspired by photos of TV furniture I found online to paint all the “plastic gray” parts in silver. It made a huge difference, but I was still not satisfied.
The original furniture had only a thin strip of plastic at each end of the glass sections. I decided to paint equal-sized bands on all four sides to equalize everything. It made quite a difference!
A few years later, I became tired of the money. The solution? Use a little bronze paint on the already-painted areas. You can also have a third chance for a small amount of money!
Learn more about this project by visiting my ticket on my Ikea Hacks.
My “Ikea hack”, to hide the unfinished back a piece furniture
Another example is the Ikea furniture. It wasn’t the furniture’s finish that was troubling, but the fact that the furniture’s back was made of small pieces of cardboard.
Many large furniture stores are made to cut costs.
I was going to back the furniture to the wall when it was purchased. It didn’t matter what the back looked like. However, after a while, I was unable to move it.
I could have purchased a new piece furniture with a back that was finished, but I chose to save my money and find a DIY solution.
Dollo contact paper (!With a little glue and wood, I was able to transform the back into something as beautiful as a canvas. The transformation was described here.
My three-lived Ikea desk
Here’s a final example to show that even large-area furniture can be upgraded.
When I moved into my first apartment, in 2005, I bought a small, birch-colored office.
It cost approximately $ 50 to $ 60. I will admit that price was a major factor in my purchase.
The color didn’t work in my new apartment. I decided to paint it the exact same color as my furniture (a very deep brown), which made it easier to do it a bit more.
It was not perfect so I used the Ikea top of a LACK coffee desk to expand the office space (the “top” is bigger). you can achieve a uniform height by placing the library near it.
It almost looks like an office desk! Not worse, no?
What furniture should I retype?
All furniture cannot be repaired. Older furniture is often of higher quality and is more cost-effective because it is made from solid wood and not MDF or melanin.
However, even large chains of furniture can have multiple lives. As shown above, even small pieces of furniture can have three to six lives.
If a piece is over 100 years of age, it will be considered an antique. Its value will therefore be higher. If you think you will eventually be selling it, it’s better to re-varnish the furniture.
This involves stripping the varnish off the furniture, sanding it with a finishing paper, applying oil for wood (abrasive or lemon oil), and finally varnishing it with a water based dye at the satin end.
If the furniture is older than 30 but less 100 years, it is called “retro”, “vintage”, and “Mid-Century”, depending upon its age.
You can transform these furniture with paint or other creative methods. But, before you start to sand, think about your project. Aka, don’t be like me when I tried to transform my father’s old office into a makeup artist. I actually destroyed it.
This is the proof. It’s unbelievable that the 19-year old me thought it was a good idea.
If you have furniture in your home and you shop in flea markets, second-hand stores, in your grandparents’ attic, or in the trash, it is worth looking at the potential of a piece.
To be honest, everything was brand new when I moved into my current apartment.
I felt it was lacking life and soul so I added finds or retyped. I love the end result! Don’t make the same mistake as me (and save! Go to the source for the used or modified parts.
This note contains things that are relatively easy to do. I have to admit that I am not the most skilled person and the projects I share here are not bad.
If you are more talented than me, you may be able to completely change the vocation of a piece or furniture. A trunk could become a living-room table, a shelf could become a headboard, and a TV furniture piece can become an office library.
If you live in an apartment, you should check the location of the sprinklers.
Or borrow a friend’s garage. You can also work outside. Or, you can stick to the basics. Also, make sure you have home and auto insurance in case of…
Let’s just say that the time my neighbor from up flooded my wardrobe trying to install its washer alone, marked me… but not positively.