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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 May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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