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Creative Ways to use Furniture

by Susan Thibeault 04/15/2019

Have you ever discovered you needed a piece of furniture that you can't readily find or your space requirements leave you with limited choices? Options still exist, and they can be a perfect match not only for your space but for your style as well.

First, identify what you need

Measure the available spot and height. Then, have in mind the type of furniture that you need there. A multi-purpose function is critical if space is an issue. For example, find a small chest of drawers to stand that TV on so that there is extra storage underneath. Knowing what you need is essential since with a couple of strategic steps you could create it, but only if you first determine what the result should be. 

Then, figure out from where the furniture will come 

Some great places to find pieces are thrift stores and garage sales. The furniture will not look the same when you finish, so view it with your creative mind's eye. When shopping for your furniture, it does not have to meet the exact dimensions if you can make adjustments once you bring it home. For example, if you need an end/bedside table for a daybed, but it is hard to find one tall enough, find something that you can work with and change the legs to give it the correct height. 

Next, bring it home

It doesn’t quite work yet. It still needs adjustments and probably is not the correct style. Having it already home gives you the ability to see how it fits into the room. Once you have it in its space, you can check that it is suitable, decide the exact corrections that you need to make, and figure out which color selection you will settle on. Take lighting and other colors of the room into consideration. Determine if this piece will match existing colors or be a splash-of-color accent piece.Here is where style becomes a reality.

Finish it up

You can now create the vision that you identified before shopping. One of the simplest ways to change the look of something is with paint. Depending on the style that you are going for the furniture can have one color, marbled coloring, or if you’re a little brave, a design. The option also exists to re-stain it if you happened to have found a wooden piece that you like but has the wrong wood tone. If the sound of marbling is intriguing, take the article outside. Paint the base color as a solid, then water down the second color and lightly paint over the first or dip the brush in and splash it onto the piece until you achieve a design that you like. 

Have fun! 

Think beyond the furniture store! Have fun filling the spaces in your home and making memories in the process. Your handiwork will not only fulfill your furniture need but will become a conversation piece you should be proud of for years to come.

About the Author

Author
Susan Thibeault

One sentence about your real estate career (length, awards, accomplishments): Real estate has been my passion since graduating from college. In addition to real estate sales, I worked for a real estate attorney several years- an invaluable experience added to my overall knowledge of the real estate process. I have been a gold level top producer broker consistently since 2003, making Remax's hall of fame in 2015. 

Who Inspires you and why? My paternal grandmother will always be an inspiration. She followed her dream of moving to the United States at a young age by herself. She was independent and worked hard to build a life here before meeting my Grandfather. She taught me to 'take the driver's seat to get where you want to go'.

Favorite Quote: 'Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away'. 

Best advice ever received and from whom: Treat everyone the way you want to be treated. - Mom

Favorite historic building or town?  Boston!

Favorite book: 'The Boys in the Boat' by Daniel James Brown. 

What is the best part of your job? The best part of my job is meeting great people and making new friends!

Three Lifestyle Tips: 1)  Have a positive attitude; 2) surround yourself with loved ones as often as possible; 3) get up and move, outdoors preferably.

As your company continues to grow, what are you most excited about? Helping improve more family's lives! 

Your funniest real estate story: After showing a listing that was always staged beautifully, my client called me and couldn't talk for a while because she was laughing so hard. She wanted to know if her cat placed her dirty underwear on the staircase before or after the showing! We love our pets, but know they don't help sell real estate. Thankfully in this case, the cat's dirty deed was post-showing! 

What most people would be surprised to know about you: I sang in a rock band back in the day!