One of the biggest problems budget decorators face is having
attractive furniture even when the budget doesn't allow for
new. Sometimes, we just have to make due with what we have!
Here are some great ways to transform what you already own,
or can cheaply buy to fill your furniture needs, and make it
Generally, when you think of your sofa and chairs, you
figure the only way to remake them is to slipcover or
re-upholster. While I am a big fan of slip covering, (could
be 'cause I have 8 kids!) there are easier ways to dress u
your couch or chair!
*Cover just the bottom cushions with a fabric that
coordinates with both the piece, and the room. The bottom
cushions are usually the ones with the most wear, and this
technique appears very custom. Choose you fabric in the same
intensity as the couch fabric. For example, if your couch is
a muted green, choose muted gold or muted blues or the like
for the cushion covers. However, if you have a bright white
couch, feel free to go with clearer, brighter colors. Also,
use a color that is seen in the rest of the room, to pull it
*Distract! Now that you have the cushion covers in place,
add pretty distractions in the form of throw pillows and
throw blankets. Again, use colors from the room.
*Paint the wall behind the piece a similar shade and
intensity of the couch. This will take focus away from the
couch, and it will appear to disappear into the wall.
*Lastly, be sure to spend some time creating other focal
points around the room to draw the eye away form the piece.
Make a pretty display on your coffee table, drape a piece of
lace over your mantle and fill with candlesticks.just
remember to keep that eye moving, and it will forget all
about the tired sofa, and see it as a well worn friend of
the room instead!
You have several choices when it comes to the case goods
such as tables, bookcases, and armoires.
*One of the cheapest and highly recommended is paint! You
can paint almost anything these days, even that cheap
laminate furniture! If you have a non-porous piece such as a
photo laminate bookcase, prime it first with a specialty
primer such as BIN or KILZ. Your paint technique of choice
will now adhere properly, and you can transform it in anyway
*Need a cheap table? You can disguise even an inexpensive
card table with my techniques. I needed a small breakfast
table in my kitchen for the little ones, but couldn't put
out a couple hundred dollars, and most tables were too big
for the area anyway. I bought a small card table at my local
Wal-Mart for just a few dollars and disguised it. I used
tubes of fabric shirred onto the table legs to hide those
hideous things, then layered tablecloths and placemats over
the tabletop. The layering adds a sumptuousness to distract
from the meager proportions of the table. I used accessories
to further distract, and voila! A sweet little breakfast
table for less than $25 dollars!
*You can get even more creative with used wood furniture by
covering drawer fronts with fabric and a staple gun, gluing
broken tiles or dishes on in a mosaic, or decopaging images
cut from gift-wrap onto the surface. (Plain white glue works
fine for this, and remember the dollar shop when searching
for gift wrap!)
I hope you got some great ideas to remake your furniture in
style, and on even the tightest budget!
About the Author:
Kathleen Wilson is an author, national columnist, and editor
of The Budget Decorator, a free online newsletter for
do-it-yourself decorators. For more free ideas visit her
website at TheBudgetDecorator.com