Making Old Furniture Into Something New

bloom-1846197_960_720When it comes to home decor, a popular trend has been to take furniture and modify it into something new and interesting. This has quite a few benefits as used furniture can be obtained quite cheaply, and (if you are a fan of DIY projects) the whole process can be a lot of fun. Not to mention that you are in complete control of the style that you will end up with so you can totally theme your home how you’d like to.

As far as how to make the actual modifications, that information can be found elsewhere, but here we’re going to talk about sourcing your materials. So let’s start with the furniture itself. Stores like Goodwill sometimes actually have things like tables and chairs and smaller dressers and the like. These pieces can be purchased for next to nothing and are great starting points for upcycling furniture. There is also craigslist which has loads of furniture up for sale.

You will also need some tools (unless you are only doing a paint or stain job) and these can be gotten at a local pawn shop in Davie. Typically, you can find all sorts of tool kits and power tools at a pawn shop for not too much money. If you are planning on doing several more serious modifications, then you would be best to own these tools yourself. It is also good to have a good tool collection if you are an avid do-it-yourselfer.

Lastly, there is the matter of getting ideas. Once you have your furniture and tools, you need to know what you would like to create, and the internet is a wealth of inspiration for this type of thing. Sites like Pinterest have thousands of photos and very often you can also find guides as to how certain results were achieved.

Once you have everything needed, all that’s left is to get busy. So good luck on furnishing your home with unique and creative pieces.

Tips For Cheap DIY Action

tools-1183374_960_720With the amount of guides and resources available to people online these days, the amount of people opting to do things themselves has never been higher. And we’re not just talking about simple repairs or paint jobs, but everything from advanced woodworking to DIY electronics. While there are lots of benefits to doing things yourself (not to mention the fun that one can have in engaging in one of these types of projects), one major one is cost.

Doing your own repairs, or building something yourself can often be a lot less expensive than going out and buying the same item or paying for the fix. As an example, I build a gaming computer for a friend for just $200. The same system would have easily cost over $500 had I gotten a pre-built one. So saving money is a big part of DIY.

The only place it can actually get a bit more expensive is in having the tools needed for the job. Without the right equipment,any project can bog down or even fail completely. And if you don’t already have the tools you need, this is where cost can go up.

However, there are lots of ways to get tools without breaking the bank. A few ideas are:

  1. Borrow them from a friend
  2. Get used tools from a pawn shop in Ft. Lauderdale (people pawn tools all the time)
  3. Check out sites like craigslist for used tools
  4. Renting tools is a good option for larger, more expensive ones.

Another area that can get expensive is in sourcing materials for your projects. Fortunately, most DIY projects use simple things like wood, cardboard and parts from used objects. These things can be found for little if you know where to look…but that will be a subject for another article.