art is furntiure

Looking at Furniture Differently

REPURPOSING FURNITURE

Ideas to Renew Your Old Furniture

Repurposing furniture is more than just giving your couch or dresser a new look.  In many cases, the process of renovating can result in creating something entirely new.  If you’re doing it right, your newly repurposed piece can be looked at as a work of art.  All the while, you’re having fun and creating a new piece for your home that will improve your overall decor. Save yourself from dialing-up one of those furniture pickup crews, and restore that item which would ordinarily be discarded.

Here are a few helpful ideas to provide inspiration.

Let the creativity flow

One of the best parts about repurposing furniture is that there are no rules. The sky’s the limit here; including, designing an entirely new piece of furniture. You’re free to take a dresser and turn it into an entertainment center.

You could also consider starting with items that would normally be discarded, such as pallets and turn them into beautiful outdoor furniture.

The artistic aspect to furniture

Take a close look at your furniture. When inspecting most any piece of furniture you’ll notice there is an artistic element to it. Even if you’re looking a coffee table that is made up of straight lines and four corners – there is a type of symmetry that is being expressed. With that being said, consider that all furniture, in one way or another, is a piece of art.

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Recognize artwork by putting yourself in the shoes of the designer

Once you see your everyday household furniture in this way you can begin developing your own ideas to redesigning and inventing something unique.

A good furniture designer must be allowed the freedom as well as the material to express his ideas into actual workable furniture pieces.  This is why wood is a favorite choice with those wanting to try out a bit of furniture repurposing.  It is possible to completely or subtle change the shape, color, and feel of wood by working it.

The material of choice

The best and the most fruitful efforts at repurposing furniture are had with just two materials and that is wood and metal.  Both these materials give sufficient flexibility as well as are strong enough to take care of most situations that a typical repurposing activity brings about.  It would do very little good to have material that is best flimsy to use as though it could yield results but would not be functional to most people.

With metal furniture, there is the effect that the final product brings to an item.  It is possible to change the very appearance of a piece of furniture by just changing the way it is painted.

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Painting furniture is among the simplest projects while still giving an item a whole new ambience.

This is typically considered to be the most basic and simplest form of repurposing (especially when working with a metal based item) .  This, even the most basic change, can indeed make a huge difference to the presentability or appearance of an item.

The need to stand out

Changes you decide to make should be bold. They should give the item new life. We are looking for that “oooh and ahhh” moment when your guests see this newly created art.

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The best creations come from thinking outside of the box

Challenge yourself to do more than just slap on a new paint job or toss a cover over an old couch.

Final Inspiration 

Remember, not everyone’s taste is the same. You may love an idea, someone else in your home (significant other) may hate it. Same can be said about an peice of art. Don’t be discouraged if what you create is well accepted. Even if it not your best work, you’ll only get better if you keep at it.

Keep your eyes open to see the artwork and craftsmanship in all things and you’re well on your way to becoming an artistic designer.

Why Laminate Countertops are the Best

Reviewing the benefits of laminate VS granite

With every one of the choices out there for kitchen rebuilds, the vast majority are peering toward smooth surface ledges for their magnificence and common sense. The decisions are various from top of the line stone items that originate from a quarry to wood and reused materials to the spending inviting covers. Overlay has gotten negative criticism for a great deal of the items from the previous decades, however circumstances are different. I’m an enthusiast of cover ledges in kitchens for these five reasons. First off, they’re easy to clean, look good, but most importantly they are a super affordable countertop option.

1. Easy to Maintain, Easy to Clean.

When we were growing up my mother had clay tile ledges and I recollect her colloquialism she couldn’t sit tight for the day to tear them out. I likewise recall her scouring (and influencing us to scour!) the grout to keep it spotless and brilliant. Cover offers a simple to clean arrangement with a family unit cleaner, a wipe, and some high temp water, cleaning them is a breeze and keeping up them is a secure since you don’t have to seal them. Continue reading “Why Laminate Countertops are the Best” »

Affordable types of countertops

4 Tips to Selecting the Perfect & Affordable Countertops

Select the affordable countertops is stranger than fiction for your financial plan—without relinquishing style—by investigating simple to-keep up and affordable kitchen countertops options. Select the affordable countertops is stranger than fiction for your financial plan—without relinquishing style—by investigating simple to-keep up and affordable kitchen countertops options.

1. Piece/ Slab Granite

This commonly positions as the most costly material. The stone itself is expensive, if simply because it is quarried in Italy, Turkey, or India, and must be sent a large number of miles to get to you. Establishment requires experts. This rock is never a DIY venture. You also want to make sure the type of countertop you select will match kitchen cabinets you have (or will have in the future).

2. Solid:

Concrete is equal to the slab as far as cost. Despite the fact that the material appears to be sufficiently normal, the genuine cost-driver is manufacture and establishment. Experts must make and introduce solid counters.  Continue reading “Affordable types of countertops” »

7 Easy Steps to a Fresh Green Lawn The Natural Way!

Nothing says summer quite like walking barefoot through the cool, fresh grass. But many products that promise a greener lawn often recruit the use of thick, heavy pesticides that can be harmful to your skin and health. To help keep your grass thriving all summer long, follow these easy tips!

  1. Remember, you want to help your lawn fend off pests and weeds naturally, so your first step is determining the pH level of your soil. Soil testing kits are relatively inexpensive and will give you a good idea of the acidity or alkalinity of the earth in your area. You may need to add lime or sulphur depending on the results, and these can be purchased at garden and home improvement stores for very little money.
  2. Once youve got your soil test results, add organic fertilizer (the amount will be determined by the soil test) and cover with about an inch of organic compost. This supplies the necessary nutrients your lawn needs to thrive and the more you can boost its natural immunity to invaders, the healthier and greener it will get. Once youve added the organic compost, rake the area over to allow the new soil to settle and the water to drain easily.
  3. When choosing a lawn grass, get the most resilient kind you can for your particular area. Check with lawn and garden stores and nurseries about what grows well where you live. For best results, grow native grasses or choose natural groundcovers that tend to grow quickly and spread easily.
  4. Be mindful of weeds and pests that try to invade your lawn. Ask a local landscape or garden center about insects or birds that eat these types of pests, and what you can do to encourage them to stay. Even so-called organic pesticides can contain harmful chemicals so the more naturally resistant you can make your lawn the greater it will look.
  5. Water your new lawn every day when you first sow the seeds or plugs. Make sure that the ground is saturated, but not to the point that you get runoff or puddles. Watering in the early evening, especially in the summer, will help prevent your lawn from getting scorched by the sun and still allows the grass to dry by nightfall.
  6. You can start mowing your fresh new lawn when the grass reaches about three inches tall. Adjust your lawnmower so that you cut off no more than the top third of the blades each time you mow. How often youll need to mow depends on the type of grass you choose. Consult a landscaper or garden specialty store for more information.
  7. Finally, be sure to add a new layer of organic compost to your lawn every spring. This will help replenish the natural nutrients it needs to ward off pests and look its best!