by: LJ Ober
What is your most favorite room in your home? Or which is the one that you spend the most time in, calms your soul and balances your energy when you come home from a long day or after being gone for a long while? If you can honestly say that absolutely NO room fits that description in your home then it may be time for a room makeover!
We change a lot throughout the years and so does our decorating style. Sometimes the things in our home that were once loved or maybe never really had a place in our heart in the first place may no longer hold a value to us and yet it sits there collecting dust.
We yearn to freshen things up, yet we continue to stay stuck in a rut with our old home decor that no longer excites us. Even though our stuff looks like it has seen better days, we put up with our less than inviting spaces much longer than we should mainly because of time or cost . . .etc.
Our home space that we spend the most time in should be a retreat of sorts! A space that we look forward to coming home to after a hard day of work.
Yes there are some people who prefer to keep the same home decor for most of their lives, and that is o.k. If that is what you truly want. I believe however that we should make changes to our room at the minimum - every 4-5 years. Because outdated accessories and styles can actually bring down the value of the room, plus making us feel bored, sluggish or un-valued.
When old home decor accessories and furniture are refurbished, refinished or re-purposed it is referred to as up-cycling. It is a process of re-using your current outdated pieces or the great finds from a local thrift store, garage or estate sale and giving them a more updated look. Many times you can luck out with a found piece that you don’t have to do a single thing with or It may only take a little bit of imagination and elbow grease for you to make over an old decor piece into a treasured item.
IDEA: You could take a pair of outdated cherry candle holders and add soft brush stokes of white wash to give it a fresh Farmhouse or French Country vibe. See some great examples below.
Here is what you need to do! Take a visual inventory of your room and its accessories. Make a decision of what can stay and what most definitely needs to go. Purge your old accessories and clear your room of unwanted pieces. By having more of a clean slate, you will set the stage to get your creativity going and your imagination flowing or of course you can borrow some great ideas from Pinterest.
IDEA: Make a Pinterest board of the home decor looks that grab your attention. This will be a wish list of sorts or an idea board that you can build upon as you work on this or future projects.
But when your old home decor simply doesn’t cut it anymore, even for a quick up-cycle, you can choose to either let go of the old to a donation center for someone else to cherish, or If it is sell-able, you could be in for some extra cash. Home decor sells really well on the Facebook Marketplace! See some of my examples below. Or If you plan on having a garage sale you could definitely unload much of it there, or how about selling your old wares at a local consignment shoppe and get a portion of the sale. The extra money you make can go towards a perfect statement piece for your room for a start of your new decor.
OLD HOME DECOR CAN EASILY BECOME NEW ONCE AGAIN WITH A LITTLE BIT OF HARD WORK AND ELBOW GREASE!
Re-freshening your home decor accessories and small furniture is the perfect budget-wise way for you to decorate without spending a ton of money. Plus all it takes to re-create the style of your room for a well needed makeover is to simply re-stage your accessories or move them into a different room and give it a whole new look and fresher feel. Always keep in mind that 75% of your perfect room design/decor begins with proper space planning and scale, and making sure that the flow of the room looks and feels like it is balanced . . .size, shape and color-wise.
I hope that this inspires you to look around the room that you are in right now and visualize the changes that can be made! You can do this. OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW! Do it today. Any questions, I am happy to help as always! tty
My intention is to help you find the value in things once loved. Giving you insights on my own thrifting, up-cycle ventures and being a shoppe owner. Plus insider help for the start of your own successful vintage or antique booth business.