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4 tips for moving your South Shore furniture

You’re planning to move soon, but you can’t afford to hire professionals on your budget? Saving money by doing the work yourself is a good idea, but you mustn’t let the move jeopardize your goods or endanger your health. If you’re concerned about the prospect of having to transport furniture on your own, here are 4 tips that could spare you worries… and backaches.

 

 

 

 

1.       Take a strategic approach:

First evaluate the route you will have to take and make sure all the furniture to be moved will pass freely through the hallways and door frames. Don’t forget that it’s sometimes easier to move furniture when it’s vertical instead of horizontal! If you choose to drag your furniture along the floor, place a cover underneath first to protect your floor. You can also use Magic Sliders, which do the job very well.

2.       Lighten and secure the load:

Empty the furniture completely and remove the parts that come out easily, such as the drawers and removable shelves. For cabinet doors, strap the unit to prevent it from opening during moves. It would also be a good idea to use zip bags to store hardware. To avoid having to search for the zip bag, simply tape it to the part concerned (on the unexposed surfaces to avoid damaging the finish).

Do something new with the old, part 3

 

As described in the previous two blog posts, breathing new life into your furniture by giving it that personal touch is quite a simple process. Changing the handles or applying stickers can be done fairly quickly. Our final suggestion, though, takes a little more time!

If your furniture just “doesn’t do it for you” anymore and changing handles or applying stickers is also unappealing, why not go with a colour change? Yes, that’s right – give your furniture a brand-new colour!

Changing the colour of your furniture can really impact how you use it! Take a look at the before/after images below – clearly, a little girl’s chest of drawers can easily be transformed into something for a little boy, and vice versa.

 

5-Drawer Chest from our Summer Breeze Collection

5-Drawer Chest from our Summer Breeze Collection

 

4-Drawer Chest from our Logik Collection

4-Drawer Chest from our Logik Collection

Here’s what you need:  

- An electric sander (or just some sandpaper). Both coarse and finer sandpaper (to create a nice, smooth surface for priming)

-          Primer (same as the type used on walls)

-          Paint (in a colour of your choice, same as the type used on interior walls)

-          A brush

-          A small roller

 

#1: Start off by thoroughly sanding the surface you intend to paint.

Do something new with the old

Are you bored with your furniture or do you have to switch it from one room to another and think it won’t go?  Hold on!  Before you decide to donate or toss, there is one easy and affordable thing to try and that is: replace the handles.

I’ve done a few tests to illustrate what I mean. For example on the left side, you can see a 4-drawer chest rather contemporary with linear handles in an antique Pewter finish for a little boy’s look.  On the right side, I replaced the handles for new ones featuring a chic design and a curve in the middle in a shiny finish. This subtle change gives it a feminine and refined look.

The 4-drawer chest in your son’s room can then become a storage piece in the hallway or vice-versa. The change could also be more drastic, it depends what your needs are.

 

Here’s another example, it is a 5-drawer chest with a White distressed finish with wooden knobs, which give it a country style. And yet, this same chest can also borrow transitional lines if we add delicate metal pulls.  We could also change for flower metal knobs for a young girl or colorful plastic knobs for a younger child.

3 Ways to Play with Chocolate Brown Furniture

They litteraly swept the stores and houses like a tsunami in the past ten years, the Chocolate brown furniture are everywhere today.  They have the advantage of providing warmth and elegance to a room and even before having added any color or deco.

They arrived via the contemporary wave, but since they were so popular it didn’t take long before finding them into transitional and traditional designs too.  The Chocolate furniture are fairly easy to enhance and fit with most wall colors (except maybe blue, you really have to pick the right one).

As always to choose a color it is preferable to start with the fabrics you like for your room (duvet cover, curtains, sofa, etc.). The paint colors for the walls and deco accessories will simply follow. However there are some rules to know if you are looking for a specific ambiance.

3 options with Chocolate brown furniture

3 options with Chocolate brown furniture

As an example if you want your room to be sober, you can paint the walls ivory with Chocolate furniture, this will bring a classic feel. Then you rely on wall art and accessories or patterns in the fabric to add warmth and personality.

If you are going for a more glamorous décor, the kind we can see in a chic hotel, you can paint the accent wall in a burnt orange that pairs well with chocolate brown and brings richness.

Minimalism – Sheer Simplicity in an Ultra-Modern Trend!

Creating an inspired décor isn’t always easy – especially if you have to make do with what you have on hand… flooring and a bookcase in two different shades of brown, walls painted in eggshell, accessories in lime green and sky blue, armoires in charcoal… Yikes!

I have, in fact, had to rack my brain when coming up with ideas for decorating my condo, until I came up with this stroke of genius: Go minimalist!

As illustrated by the name, this style (rooted in zen philosophy) is based on a simple principle: Return to the essentials and discard the superfluous. The watchwords are purity and restraint. Minimalism is now increasingly a feature of website architecture, fashion and – of course – design and decoration.

Here are some benefits of minimalist décor: a relaxing atmosphere, a beautiful look and housekeeping made easy (no need to move objects when it’s time to dust the counter!). So choosing this style is in your best interest!

A minimalist bedroom

A minimalist bedroom

How to recognize a minimalist décor

The walls are often done in a neutral colour such as white, grey or black. And the room is never “overloaded”: The placement of every item – including tables, lamps and vases – appears to have been planned with a view to achieving perfect balance.