Refurnish Your Home on a Budget

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Guest Post By Christine H.

Redecorating your home can feel like a massive undertaking, especially when you include furniture into that overhaul. Oftentimes, furniture is the single most expensive category of your home’s possessions, although few of us think about protecting it from thieves or accident. When it’s time to redo a room, furniture is the biggest expense that you can expect.

However, if you can take some smart measures, you’ll find yourself able to cut way back on the expenses of refurnishing your home. Read on to learn more!

Refurbishing Old Items

Before you toss all that old furniture, look for ways to recycle it. You can get some good information about that here. If you’re ready for a personal project, refurbishing old furniture is a great way to get beautiful results on a budget. And although it might feel like something outside of the realm of your capabilities, the truth is that it’s easier than you think!

The first step is to find an item of furniture with good bones. Make sure it’s solidly constructed, and examine the joints to make sure that it’s sturdy. Some items might call for a little bit of construction to restore them. Once you’ve done so, stripping it down to restain or paint is simple, and will give you stunning results. It also means that you can match the color and tone of lots of different furniture items in a room, even if they weren’t meant to be a matching set originally.

Considering reupholstering? Do some research about the fabric first. However, this is a great way to get exactly what you want, ensure a unique look, and cut back on expenses.

Take Advantage of Tax Credits

Alright, when you’re working out your budget, don’t forget to think about tax credits. Any changes that you make to the house overall that help you be more energy-efficient or eco-friendly are often tax-deductible. Additionally, if you’re someone who works from home, or utilizes a home office, you can often count certain purchases there as work expenses. So, if your redesign is happening in a home office, make sure to keep track of your receipts, in case you can itemize those deductions and get some extra help on the cost. Learn more about deductions for your home here.

Secondhand Furniture

You don’t have to buy new to get something beautiful for your home. There are people all over the place who toss out perfectly good furniture that’s very lightly used just because it doesn’t go with a new aesthetic. You can also find excellent options at estate sales. Scan your local newspaper’s listings, and keep your eyes peeled on Craigslist and Facebook’s Marketplace. Make sure you go into these situations with a comprehensive idea of measurements and styles. Often, you’ll be making purchasing decisions on the fly, and there probably won’t be an opportunity to return an item, even if it just straight-up doesn’t fit in your home.

Paint Chips and Color Swatches

One of the most important things to consider during a redesign is the color. Color can make or break a room. The main complication of using secondhand or re-done furniture is that you’re less likely to get a set of matching elements. That means that you have to be extra-particular about colors. Colors that almost-match are often worse than contrasting colors that aren’t even supposed to go together. Keep a consistent color scheme in order to bring the whole room together. This post has some great tips for color as you’re planning things out.

Once you’ve more or less decided on a plan, make sure that you put in some time with the colors. Utilize paint chips, samples, and color swatches to see how they actually look inside of the room in question. Check it out at different times of the day, since natural lighting fluctuations can make all the difference in whether or not something works.

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