Snap, Crackle, Recycle!

One of today’s most popular faux finishes is the crackle finish. That look of age and character is used on a wide variety of pieces, everything from tiny picture frames to large china cabinets. So even if you don’t have any real antiques with authentic lines of broken paint, you can create your own with just a bit of time and effort. Crackling is a technique that anyone can master, but there are some essential points to keep in mind, and with crackling, neatness counts and practice makes perfect. Start small. There are several crackle finishing kits on the market, …

Wrap It In Fabric

Paint will cover a multitude of uglies in a number of ways, but fabric can also revitalize a piece of furniture with its own unique look. This particular chest of drawers was incredible simple to recycle. Structurally, it was still in good shape — it was just in desperate need of a makeover. The first step was to remove all the hardware. I cleaned and primed them and then painted them with acrylics in a shade of blue-gray that I mixed myself. If your piece had broken drawer pulls or some that you didn’t like, you could always purchase new …

Are You Game?

Sometimes, you’re blessed with a truly blank canvas to work with, and that’s a great time to recycle freehand. Maybe you’re a talented artist who can create masterpieces from your mind. Or if you’re like me, maybe you need a photo to guide you. That’s my idea of freehand — transferring a photo to my piece of furniture. All it takes is a pencil and a big eraser! The latest cabinets I recycled freehand were made to be video game cabinets for my boys. I had two cabinets just alike, rescued from an abandoned house. They were originally designed to …

Old and Improved

Some of the most beautiful and most easily recycled pieces of furniture are those old, strong, substantial pieces with a character and personality that you want to accentuate. With these pieces, less is definitely more. The recycling process is simple and cheap, and the results are soft and understated — warm aging that makes the piece look like it’ll last forever. Big, functional pieces with minimal detail work best for this technique because it merely takes the best of the piece and enhances it. What was once simply old and battered becomes warm and weathered. You can view a bookcase …

Choosing the Right Recyclables

Don’t you just love that word, recyclables? I think I made it up, but I’m sure you know what I mean — those pieces of furniture that are suitable for makeovers, something that would be tossed in the trash if it weren’t for you and your vision. Other people see fire starter, you see a blank canvas. It’s hard to finally give up and throw something away, but every piece of old furniture you find won’t make a good recyclable. There are a few points to keep in mind when you’re sizing up the offerings at your local flea market …

Creating a Theme Piece

Every once in a while, you come across a piece of furniture large enough to make a statement, cheap enough to ruin and so ugly it hurts. Then you have a chance to turn the whole mess into a theme piece to anchor any room. You can use any technique or combination of techniques on your piece, depending on the effect you want to achieve and the piece’s destination. I’ll tell you about a piece I recycled for my sons’ room. The chest of drawers was a $15 find at a flea market. It was old, but still structurally sound …

How to Clean a Leather Sofa

There’s nothing like a leather sofa to add a feeling of luxury and style to a home. Leather sofas also have the added advantage of being easy to care for and keep clean. With proper care and maintenance a leather sofa is a piece of furniture that will add beauty and charm to the living room for years to come. But considering the amount of use a sofa gets on a daily basis, it’s only natural for it to get soiled at times. Follow these simple tips to keep a leather sofa looking like it just came from the showroom. …

Drop Ceiling Tiles for That Modern and Innovative Look

Drop Ceiling Tiles

Today, it is not a struggle to make your establishment look like one of those you see in magazines. There are now many products that can make your home or business establishment look modern and innovative for instance, incorporating the drop ceiling tiles. How do drop ceiling tiles look? When you say drop ceiling tiles, it means that you will be using tile-like materials as the second ceiling of your establishment thus the term drop. It is meant as the secondary ceiling. Actually, there are many terms used for this type of ceiling. To name a few, some call this …

Sofa Support Systems: What Makes Upholstered Furniture Durable and Comfortable

Though many consumers purchase a sofa based on how it looks and feels, what’s under that cover may be as important as, if not more important than, how it looks. Inner support systems are almost as varied as cover choices, and they play a big role in how long a piece will last. Cushions The part that usually gets the most attention is the cushions. Attached or detached, soft or firm, cushions are what determine the comfort level of the furniture. Back cushions that take on a pillow look are most often stuffed with a poly fill that is shapeable …

A Guide to Sofa Styles: Learn the Characteristics of Popular Couches Before You Buy

The best sofa style for you will depend on what you want and how you’ll use it. Do some research before you go out shopping for the perfect sofa, and take your household’s needs into consideration. To help you on the way, here are the basic styles and the customers they best suit. Lawson: Probably one of the most popular styles, it has a high back, low arms, and begs you to lie down and take a nap. Comfort is key and it’s very family-friendly. Chippendale: Also known as a camelback, this one is very prim and proper and full …