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How To Revamp Old Furniture

When a beloved piece of furniture gets old, you don’t have to throw it away. Here are tips on how to revamp old furniture and breathe new life into your home.

If you’re familiar with the investor Rick Otton, then you may have come across his fix and flip videos/podcast on low-costing refurbs while still improving the value of your house dramatically. Today’s article will be similar – in that we’ll look at how to update old furniture in order to breathe new value in them, and consequently your house.

There are various methods that we can all use to sort of ‘spruce up’ our, well, ancient furniture. While some would simply just go out and buy a new couch or a new table, for many of us, there is simply too much sentiment tied to some of our furniture pieces, which make it almost impossible to let them go.

If you have something like that in your life, you would be pleased to learn that you do not necessarily have to throw it out. Here are some things that you can do to revamp old furniture.

Stain old wood furniture

If you have a dining table or a chair that is made out of solid wood then maybe the best route to take is to stain it. This will tend to show off the wood grain in those pieces of furniture. To stain old wood furniture, you would have to strip it first and then sandpaper it down to a smooth finish then apply some wood conditioner that will help the even out the finish.

You can then finish it all off by rubbing wood stain on the piece of furniture using a piece of soft cloth. Be sure to apply multiple coats to give that beautiful look and finish it off with a coat of polyurethane.

Try reupholstering your antiques

If you want, you can take on upholstering projects yourself. You will, however, need a respectable degree of patience and some remarkable DIY skills. If you don’t think that is you, then you can simply hire someone to do it for you. But whichever way you choose to go, reupholstering your antiques is a wonderful way to breathe new lives into those old pieces that will retain most of its original structure and only take on a new face, so to speak.

How about milk painting your furniture?

Milk paint is actually made out of milk. You can mix it yourself because it comes in powder form. The best thing about it all is that you can customise it in a wide range of colours and use it on different types of wood surfaces. It is also non-toxic and easy to use. You can simply strip old pieces of furniture of its old paint and use milk paint to give them a facelift.

Spray paint your outdoor furniture

When it comes to your outdoor furniture, sometimes the simplest and most efficient way to revamp them is to spray paint them with new and exciting designs. This, of course, depends on how creative you are inately. The best thing about it is that we all probably have that one teenage nephew or niece who is very artistic and would be willing to do this for you in exchange for some money or permision to use your car (I would advise against the latter option; teenagers are not known for their responsible car driving traits).

These are just some ideas that will help you learn how to revamp old furniture and make them look as good as new while keeping that sentimental piece within the family.

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Renovation Projects For Under £1000


Renovations are notoriously expensive to undertake, that’s why I’m sharing a few projects that will add value to your home without depleting the contents of your bank account.

Many people are crazy over renovations because they add value to properties and they can also be used as a strategy to earn extra income, if you have the energy and patience. Unfortunately, not everyone can renovate all the time since it’s expensive to undertake renovation projects.

I’m a firm believer that there is an affordable counterpart for every expensive activity. That’s why I searched for affordable ways to renovate a house that won’t drain your bank account – like these 6 upgrades for under £1000, which will add value to your house, not to mention improve its aesthetics:

Modern kitchen tiles…

A smart and cost effective way to update the look of you kitchen is through choosing a simple worktop and pairing it up with a bold and printed tile. The contrast of the simple work top against the bold tile creates a visual impact that mimics the stylings of top interior designers.

A custom built counter top from IKEA can cost you around £900 (including installation), while tiles from Topps Tiles can fetch for £4.76 per sq m.

Recover old sofas

You can revive old and tired sofas hidden in the depths of your basement with some funky new fabric or upholstery.

There’s no need to be intimidated with the idea of refurbishing old furniture, because reviving a typical two-seater sofa would only cost around £320. If you’re not too confident with your upholstery skills, you can hire professionals like Re-Upholstery for £500.

Add a splash of colour to your staircase

Most visitors are greeted by the sight of the stairs when they come inside your home, so to create an even better impact to your visitors, why not put a stylish stair runner on your staircase?

Crucial Trading creates custom stair runners which cost £52 per sq m of fabric. With underlay, grippers and the fitting costs, expect to pay £750 for an entire staircase.

Upgrade your lawn

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Artificial grass can significantly upgrade the look of your backyard.

If you feel that your backyard needs more “oomph” you can try installing an ultra-realistic artificial lawn. Artificial greenery from Lazy Lawn costs £7.82 per sq m or £63 per sq m including fitting.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, people turn to these projects to add value to properties, but what if you haven’t got the time for a project and need to sell now?

In cases like this one, you may want to look into seller financing. There are a growing number of investors who specialise in this type of arrangement, but perhaps one of the more famous investors into seller finance is Rick Otton. In his podcast, he shares an alternative to getting the most out of your property if you are unable to renovate:

Rick Otton says, “most people renovate properties with the hopes that the person who buys it will pay them a couple of thousand more than the original price of the house- that’s the added value that everyone is chasing after.”

“But it’s a little known fact that you can also add value to a house through changing the paperwork financing structure on it and simply making the house easier for the next person to buy it. I guarantee you that this will increase the value of your house,” he added.

The premise is simple – construct terms that make buying your property more convenient, and buyers will be willing to pay your asking price. You may check out Rick Otton’s website for more info on creating seller finance deals. Other investors you can look into are Reena Malra and David Lee among others.

Granted, going the seller finance route means missing out on the fun of doing projects and engaging in a creative process. So if you’ve got the time on your hands, adding value to your home won’t need to drain your savings. If not, at least there are alternative options for you.

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