Stylish furniture can come with a premium cost, and when you are starting with your first or second apartment nice furniture doesn’t always fit the budget. Hitting up the local thrift stores and yard sales is a great way to obtain sturdy furniture at a fraction of the cost of buying it new, but it may not look like new. Below are some fun ideas on how to spruce up old pieces of furniture to breathe new life into your home’s decor.
Step 1. Find pieces of furniture that you like. A good rule of thumb is to look for pieces with similar styles or color patterns to coordinate the pieces together. For example, if you have a round coffee table look for round side tables with a similar look to achieve a cohesive design.
Step 2. If your acquired furniture pieces are looking a bit tired, give them a facelift with a fresh coat (or six) of paint or stain to make them look shiny and new again. This may take some time and a lot of elbow grease, but it is well worth it in the end. You can use a bright color to make the piece stand out.
Optional: Go over your fresh paint job with a piece of sandpaper to add a modern, distressed look to the piece. People pay good money for furniture to come looking pre-worn, why pay for it when you can do it yourself?
Step 3. Decorate, Decorate, Decorate!
Here is the final step. Decorate your bookcase, office desk, or other piece of furniture to add a modern flair. The sky, your wallet, and your imagination are your only limits! Here are some ideas to get you started!
Stencils aren’t only for school children anymore! Visit your local home improvement store or hobby store to find an intricate stencil that you like. Then simply tape the stencil to the piece of furniture and paint on your design. Wait for the paint to dry, remove the tape and stencil, and you have an amazing work of art to display on the side of your furniture.
Who says you can’t add a bit of color or patterns to boring wooden furniture? Remove the shelves on your bookcase and wallpaper the back with your favorite colorful design, then put it all back together for a unique decorative look. This idea is also great for a linen closet, bedroom closet, or really anything with shelves.
Use this innovative decorative technique to create an awesome looking collage on shelves, end tables, or any other piece! The decoupage process involves taking pictures, pieces of paper, or even cut-outs of magazines or comic books and gluing them onto furniture. You then go over the paper several times with varnish to protect the paper from harm while keeping them securely in place. Go online for more details.
Word Carving or Wood Burning
If you have the skills, or know someone who does, this old-fashioned decorating idea is perfect for decorating furniture pieces, wooden picture frames, or other wooden artwork in your home. You can also hire someone to do the work for you, but that may be costly depending on the extent of the work you want done to your piece.
Stick on Tile, Brick, Wood, or Stone
Are you in love with shiny tile, sophisticated brickwork, rustic looking wood, or even modern looking stone? You can use faux veneer or stick-on tile pieces to create a textured appearance to the back of your bookcase, wine cabinet, or other surface. This idea may be a bit more costly, but may be worth it for a piece you intend to keep around for a long time.
Remember, there is no wrong way to decorate your home as long as you are happy with the end result. You can always find inexpensive shelves and small furniture pieces online for a great discount so you don’t have to worry about sprucing up your furniture, only making it your own with some decorating.
We have talked about displaying your books and valuables with pride, but what about the more expensive items you’d like to keep hidden out of sight? Whether you have family members who would love to riffle through your personal affects or valuables you wish to keep hidden away in case of a break-in, we have some ideas below on how to hide your valuables! The best way to lose the remote is by hiding it in plain sight, and the products below have taken that philosophy to the next level.
Invest in a standard fireproof locking safe to keep your irreplaceable documents safe from harm. Store your birth certificate, passport, social security card, and other vital documents safe from harm in the event of a fire, flood or other natural disaster. Replacing the above listed documents can be incredibly difficult if not downright impossible, so make sure they are protected from theft or damage.
Picture Frames and Wall Mirrors
Jewelry boxes are gorgeous and displaying your jewelry on your nightstand offers a sophisticated style to your bedroom, but it is also an open invitation to would-be thieves. Store your precious jewelry and family heirlooms in plain sight without thieves being any the wiser with a concealed mirror or picture frame. These hidden storage shelves masquerade as normal household accessories until they open up to reveal a hidden compartment behind the façade.
Wall Mounted Shelves
This hidden storage option allows you to hide accessories inside the shelf as well as on top of it so you can provide twice the storage space in one convenient location. This hidden safe will not open without the coordinating magnet so you can stow away personal affects without anyone being the wiser, and even if they did know about the hidden chamber within they cannot access it without the key.
Cupboards and cabinets are a bit more conspicuous, but they also eliminate the chance of you forgetting where you hid your valuables! Add a locking cabinet in your bathroom to keep prescription medications safe, a locking media cupboard to store your Blu-Ray collection out of sight, or even a locking garage cabinet to keep your power tools away from your neighbors. Add lockable cabinets to your home to ensure your everyday items are securely locked away from prying eyes or sticky fingers.
Last, but not least. Make sure you can actually access the house itself! Most of us have had to climb through a bathroom window or break into our own house before – all the while staring at the keys we left on the kitchen counter. Keep a house key stored in the garden inside a fake rock so you never have to damage your own home to enter. Magnetic key hiders are also on the market so you can hide a spare car key underneath your car so you don’t have to call AAA every time you lock yourself out of the car – which may be more often then we would like to admit.
So whether you are preventing a potential crisis or recovering from a recent one, make sure your valuables stay safely locked away with any one of the above methods, or maybe all of them, to give you peace of mind.
“A book is a gift you can open again and again”– Garrison Keillor
Giving away books is hard, you’ve cried together, laughed together, and fought side-by-side with the hero/heroine as they navigated through a journey of hardship and personal discovery. Instead of giving away your favorite books when you are running low on space, transform your current space to keep your books prominently displayed without losing any space in your home.
Turn the page to discover new ways to store all of your favorite books you’ve collected throughout the years.
Turn a wall in your living room, den, or sitting area into a mural dedicated to all of your favorite books. Use floating bookshelves or wall boxes to create a unique design right on the wall, or you can install the shelves in perfect symmetry and use the book’s colors to create a unique look to the wall.
Freestanding bookshelves are the norm for book storage, but who says you can’t turn them into a spectacular work of art? This cube-style bookcase takes up minimal floor space and the unique angles are visually interesting so you won’t even notice they are bookshelves.
Are you looking for a more rustic alternative to book shelving? You can stack wooden crates on top of one another to not only create more storage space, but add a vintage look to your decor. Use cedar crates to offer a pleasant aroma to the living room or bedroom space. Tip: anchor each crate to the wall to provide additional safety especially in households with pets or children.
Do you know anyone who constantly has a book in one hand? Never be caught without reading material with help from a magazine rack or holder. You can even use an over the toilet magazine rack (no I’m not kidding) to keep a book on hand so you are never forced to read the ingredients from a shampoo bottle again.
If you are short on wall or floor space, there is a solution! Take a wooden magazine holder, turn it sideways, and screw it right into a corner of the room. This allows you to store books inside the makeshift shelf or on top of it, and you can also use it to store various odds and ends around your home.
Find all of these storage solutions and more at Organize-It. Do you have a unique way to showcase or store your books? Please share in the comments below!
Have a small closet or shelf? There are lots of things you can do to get the most out of your space. If you’re working with a small space, utilize shelf dividers to maximize your space. When you add dividers you can use more vertical space; the sides allow you to better contain stacks of folded clothes or organize large accessories. These attachments are also great in hall closets, kitchen pantries and much more.
Here are some of my favorite styles:
Wire Shelf Dividers: If you currently have a wire closet system, then wire dividers are the way to go. The wire shelf organizers are designed to fit either tight mesh wire shelving or standard wire shelving and are constructed from sturdy steel wire with a durable white epoxy finish to maintain their clean look for years. These dividers attach with a simple squeeze; push the sides together so the bottom hooks to your wire shelf then release to secure them.
Acrylic Shelf Dividers: If you’re looking for more of a streamlined appearance, acrylic dividers are a great choice. Acrylic dividers provide a more solid build; attach these organizers to solid shelves to create organized cubbies. If you have a custom closet system with shelves, this option is for you. Now you can organize folded clothes with ease and utilize the totality of shelves because you can stack clothes taller.
Divider, Shelf Duo: Looking for even more storage surface? This multi-use piece allows you to divide up already existing shelves while creating MORE shelf space for your goods! This organizer slides over the edge of a shelf, creating a solid structure of two dividers connected by a top shelf. Now you can keep small pieces from falling over while creating a sturdy way to utilize every vertical inch of existing shelves.
“Clutter-free” is my mantra as of late. I have been on a mission to give everything in my home a specific home of its own — or toss it! My office presents a tough challenge, though. There’s cords, papers, electronics… just so much stuff that I can’t seem to part with either because of work, hobbies or everyday chores.
I have a sleek, modern desk that my laptop and some simple organizers sit atop. That solved most of my problems. The only thing that remains is that big, bulky printer. As a writer and designer, I print at home all the time so getting rid of the home printer is not a choice.
One simple search on Pinterest shows lots of DIY ideas and I was tempted to try out a few, but lo-and-behold the solution was right under my nose the entire time. For under $300 I picked up this awesome Printer Storage Cabinet. For the features, this thing is worth the price tag. My life is so much easier now! And I still enjoy a sleek, clean aesthetic in my home work space.
Printer Storage Cabinet
Comes in three lovely finishes to complement any space.
Constructed from heavy-duty solid and laminate wood.
Commercial-grade non-scratch wood for long-lasting style.
Durable metal hardware and hinges offer added strength.
Instructions are included for quick assembly on arrival.
Manufacturer’s five year limited warranty.
Feed cords and cables to the outlet through the back hole.
Two swing-out doors keep stored items hidden from view.
Pull-out shelf provides storage for a standard sized printer.
A small to mid sized computer can be stored on the shelf.
Top pull-out provides space to store a monitor or file sorter.
Measures: 32 inches wide by 29 inches high by 20 inches deep.
There are lots of great ways to get the most out of small spaces. One of my favorite decorating tips is using bookshelves to create room dividers and separate existing spaces into multiple areas. With the addition of a sturdy shelf, a living room can become a sitting room and a home office… or a foyer… or even a breakfast nook! I love this trick because you can renovate your home without the high cost of building or re-decorating. It’s a great way to make apartments, condos and flats a little more homey, too.
The right shelf
Open shelves:Open bookcases are a great way to to separate a room while maintaining a constant flow throughout the space. Utilize one or two bookshelves with open backs to separate living spaces. Once you add books and decor, the space fills out without a solid separation. This is great is you have a flat or one-room apartment because you can create specific spaces without making the area feel too small.
Multiple shelves: Think your space is too big for one shelf to do the trick? Utilize multiple shelves to get the look — and it doesn’t have to be the same shelf! Find a style that comes in multiple models or sizes and use them together. One tall shelf and one waist-high shelf creates a great divider in larger rooms.
Floor to ceiling: If you want to completely divide a space for privacy, use a floor-to-ceiling shelf. This option is best for small apartments. Create a closed off bedroom, or even create a faux “walk-in” closet behind the bed with one of these large shelves.
Once the snow starts to hit the ground, it’s time to store all your junk in the garage so you can pull the car in. It can be easily to let stuff stack up and accumulate, but a quick autumn weekend can turn your cluttered garage into a streamlined system.
Heavy duty storage shelving: A quick way to add storage to your garage is shelving. Basic but heavy duty shelving makes it super easy to store and organize all of your stuff. These shelves are large enough to house all your auto and outdoor needs — plus fragile pieces like Christmas decorations in plastic bins. These shelves are strong enough to hold loads of weight and large enough to fit bins, boxes and other over-sized storage pieces.
Storage cabinets: If you’re looking for more protective storage for your yard tools, painting supplies or power tools, consider a storage cabinet. These large, spacious storage pieces have height-adjustable shelves, closing doors and can be typically be locked with the addition of a padlock. Storage cabinets are great for garages and workshops alike, and they come in multiple sizes so you can find the best model for your space.
Overhead garage storage: If you really want to store a lot — and most importantly — not have to look at it, overhead storage is for you. Storage lifts are a real handy and convenient way to get bulky storage bins out of eyes view. Most have motorized lifts so you don’t have to worry about getting out the ladder, too.
The Metal Bathroom Shelves are a wall mounted unit that adds loads of space. Two shelves hold toiletries, lotions and more while the bottom rod is perfect for hand towels. The strong steel construction is super durable while the soft brown finish is a great accent to any décor. The unit comes packed with all the hardware you need to assemble and install. The sleek, modern wave design is unlike any bathroom storage I have seen before. It’s simple and minimalist while still offering charm and character.
Complete the look with the matching Three Tier Over the Toilet Shelving. This three shelved unit provides tons of storage for all of your bathroom goods. The same wave design and brown color are a great compliment. This piece fits over the back of any standard sized toilet, creating storage in previously unusable space – a great addition to smaller powder rooms. Instructions and hardware are included, too, for quick and easy installation and assembly.
My new apartment is pretty low on storage space – this was a bit of an issue when it was just me and my wife. But just a few weeks ago we introduced the newest member of our family – and she brought a whole lot of things that need to be stored with her! No we didn’t get a new roommate, we welcomed our first daughter into the world. But man, she has a lot of onesies, pajamas, hats and socks! In order to make the most of the shelving space we had, I looked into some shelf dividers. These dividers were able to organize and maximize the efficiency of my shelves.
Shelf dividers are a great addition to any closet or open storage shelf. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, as well as a variety of costs and features. I did not need anything all that fancy, and I was looking to spend as little money as possible.
Luckily there are some excellent options for organizing your shelving with dividers. From wood shelf dividers to metal shelf dividers, there is a accessory for any situation. The shelf divider I ended up going with is the simple yet effective Cedar Closet Shelf Dividers for Wood Shelving.
This shelf divider set includes two dividers, making it easy to increase the efficiency of your shelf. These dividers make it easier to create small stacks of items such as clothing without worrying about them collapsing to the ground because there was not enough support.
Another great feature of these shelf dividers is that they are made from cedar wood. Not only is this a very durable construction material, it also gives off a fresh scent. This fresh scent is definitely a great feature, making my closet smell like a natural forest instead of smelling like stinky socks and dirty underwear.
Overall these shelf dividers were huge game changers for our home, increasing the efficiency of our storage options.
So I am gearing up for the birth of my first child. I don’t have to do the heavy lifting when it comes to bringing her into the world (my poor wife’s hand was forced by biology). However I definitely have to be the one that figures out where to store all of the additional “stuff” that you accumulate with the birth of your first child. I had no idea there was this much stuff. So I needed to find some appropriate bedroom storage shelves for the baby’s nursery.
Luckily this baby is taking forever to come, because I have really been dropping the ball on getting the nursery organized. Even though we have all of the other essential items you need for a child, most of the small accessories and clothing are still lying in heaps around the room. However, all I need to do is invest in some good sturdy bedroom storage shelves and the mounds of clothes will slowly disappear.
Instead of getting the bedroom storage shelves in a piece meal fashion, I went with an all in one set. The Deluxe Wooden Closet System is perfect for adding organization and storage to any bedroom. With this set I get all of the storage and organization I need for the baby’s room. It provides a great place to hang little pants and sweaters, plus a bunch of places to store all of the other essentials you need for a nursery.
This great set of bedroom storage shelves can be purchased piece by piece, that way you do not have to spend more money than you need to. Or, if you have a lot of money to spend a lot of storage to gain, you can purchase the entire set of bedroom storage shelves all at once.
These stylish wood shelves are really going to save the day when it comes to organizing my little girl’s room. Let’s hope she holds up her end of the bargain and doesn’t take too long to arrive!