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10 Step Furniture Makeover Idea To Make Your Home Brand New

10 Step Furniture Makeover Idea To Make Your Home Brand New

Everyone has that one piece of furniture that is functional and came at just the right price. Unfortunately, the furniture is also usually ugly.

Whether it is a tired old cabinet from the 80s or a standard Ikea set, there are plenty of ways for you to update your own furniture. You do not need any special skills or tools. All you need to transform your home is some inspiration and a fresh coat of paint.

1. Choose a color scheme

To create an updated piece of furniture, you will need to choose two colors. The first will be the principle color, the one that dominates the furniture. The second will serve as the undercoat and will complement the principle color.

There are no limits to your color combinations. You can try as many different combinations as you like. Just try to ensure that the colors complement each other vaguely.

A good rule of thumb is to use a darker color underneath because it will be easier to spot.

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2. Prep your furniture

When using traditional paint, you might need to strip your furniture before adding that fresh coat. This will improve the look of the colors and help the paint stay longer.

The stripping process is not necessary. It all depends on your furniture, your paint and your goals.

If the furniture you are painting is old and not originally your own, check the furniture for woodworm. If you find any, be sure to treat it before you begin painting.

3. Paint on the undercoat

The undercoat is the first layer of paint to go onto the furniture.

If you’re distressing your furniture, you should paint the undercoat in places where you are going to scuff the furniture. Be sure to remember the places where natural scuffing would occur, paying close attention to the edges and corners of the furniture.

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Be sure to note which parts you have covered with the undercoat if you plan to distress the furniture. You will cover this with a second coat of paint after the first layer has dried. Forgetting where you painted can cause trouble.

4. Let the undercoat dry

Most undercoats will dry in around 20 minutes. Be sure to let it dry fully before you move on to the second coat.

If you’re in a rush or just can’t wait, you can use a hair dryer to speed up the process.

5. Add a second coat

The second coat of paint is key for upcycling furniture. This is where you add your principle color.

The second coat of paint is also where you get to start having more fun with the paint. You can take this time to use different types of brushes or painting techniques on the furniture. This can add texture and depth to the furniture.

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6. Dry and wax

You will need to let your second coat dry, too. Again, you can speed up this process with a quick blast of the hair dryer.

Once the second coat is dry, you should apply a layer of wax. This wax will protect the second coat. You need this protection even if you are distressing the furniture.

7. Distress the paint

Distressed furniture gets its name because the technique involves upsetting your fresh paint job to make it look shabby.

The way that you do this is up to your own taste. If you’re not sure how far you want to go, start out with a medium-grade sandpaper and sand the furniture by hand. This will provide a soft, aged look that remains classic without looking too beat up.

You want to avoid heavy sanding unless it will achieve the specific look that you are going for.

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Remember that you can always sand more of the furniture later. There is no need to go overboard the first time around.

Sanding is not the only tool you can use for distressing. Depending on the look you desire, you can hit the furniture with a hammer or whack it with some chains.

8. Add more wax

Once you have reached the right level of distressing, you can add another layer of wax. This will seal all your hard work in. Try to leave it to set overnight.

9. Buff it out

Once your wax is sealed, give your furniture a good buff with a furniture cloth. This will clean it up and add a shine to your brand new old furniture.

10. Optional waxing

If you want to add more years onto your furniture add on some dark wax. The dark wax with add a rich depth and texture to your furniture. Be sure to buff it out afterwards.

Upcycling your furniture takes less time and effort that you think. Combine these 10 steps with your own creativity to breathe new life into your furniture.

Featured photo credit: Patrick Feller via flickr.com

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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