Since life is consistently changing, people are always trying to find ways to make their home more practical and functional in budget-friendly ways. Maybe it’s the excitement of a new baby on the way, and you need to convert that spare room into a nursery? Do you have a long-term guest and need to repurpose your furniture to make the situation work? Or you just want to freshen up your décor?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then you may consider implementing a DIY furniture hack. For one, it can make a dramatic difference in your space. Second, it’s easy and very inexpensive.
That’s were upcycling comes in…
What Is Upcycling?
Upcycling is defined as reusing an object or material in a way as to create a product of higher quality or value to its owner. The fact is the quality in today’s furniture leaves many people disappointed. By updating an old piece of furniture, you will benefit by getting a modern look with the craftsmanship of a quality piece. It’s a perfect combination!
I’m always amazed by how different a piece of furniture can appear with some minor changes. You never know, after trying out a DIY furniture hack you may find yourself hooked on a new hobby.
Here Are Some Of My Favorite DIY Furniture Hacks
If you are looking for a super easy fix, you can use existing holes. For a real change, add wood putty over the original holes and start from scratch. Don’t forget about your using this hack on kitchen or bathroom cabinetry. It’s simple and affordable.
The knobs shown can be seen on Target’s site by clicking the photos.
There are so many companies that are now selling pre-cut furniture legs to retrofit your furniture pieces. This budget-friendly furniture hack can drastically change the look of any piece and is super easy to do.
Talk about affordable? Check out some of of my finds sourced at Home Depot by clicking on the photos. Keep in mind you can change the color.
Since my mother worked as a seamstress for over 20 years, fabric holds a special place in my heart. As a child I knew all the local fabric shops and watched as many of them shut down. Even while still leaving in New Jersey, I often felt visiting the NYC fashion district was best for inspiration, and for not purchasing fabric.
For the last few years my go-to is Fabric.com due to its quality and pricing.
#4 Making Something Old New
Do an audit around your house and repurpose existing furniture pieces to another area of your home. For example, if you need more storage in a hallway maybe consider using an old dresser.
Of course, it may need to be painted, or the hardware updated to live up to its full potential.
#5 Paint an Existing Piece
This one needs to be added as it’s the most common DIY furniture hack. If you want to take this to the next level, consider layering stains under your top coat to age the paint. Huh? When I first began painting furniture, I used to layer my paint colors and sand my color coat so that the underneath color or raw wood would show.
My friend Paul showed me how to use stains to achieve a more sophisticated look. Not only is it easier – it looks more professional. Drop a comment below if you will be interested in a future post on painting techniques.
#6 Upgrade Your Furniture With a DIY Hack
Here’s one of my favorite and fastest tricks. Remove the top surface of your furniture piece which will be used as a template. Stop at a local granite and marble fabricator and ask to see their scrapyard. Just imagine the possibilities.
Years ago we found an antique entrance table which I sanded and painted. I removed the top and had a beautiful piece of granite cut for it. I believe the total cost for the entire project was about $60. Once I grew tired of it, I sold it for double or triple that price. No, I do not feel bad about turning a profit!
# 7 DIY Marble Projects
For a quick and incredible transformation, you may want to add this faux marble DIY hack to your next project list. Nothing says classy and luxury like marble, the only problem is its price point. Thanks to faux marble contact paper, you can bring the marble look for next to nothing. This hack works best on smaller surfaces like a surface top of a table. All you need is a roll of faux marble contact paper and a utility or craft knife.
Sometimes making a few changes to your existing furniture pieces are all that is needed. DIY furniture hacks are inexpensive, easy, and some of the best home improvements you can make for your décor.
Hopefully, you feel inspired to give one of these ideas a try. Which one do you think you’ll try first? For more home styling tips and tricks drop by anytime. Hey, we’re always up for company.