If you are planning to spruce up your home and are looking for ways to cut costs, take a second look at what you already own. It doesn’t take a large budget to get the style you want, it just takes a do-it-yourself attitude to reuse to revamp. Why buy new when all your good furniture needs is an updated look or some small repairs? The ultimate recycling begins at home. With San Francisco window views as a backdrop, revamping your home by reinventing the items you already own can transform your surroundings into something distinctive.

Slip On New Slipcovers
Changing the color or texture of a prized sofa or chair can turn the piece from looking tired into something completely dynamic. All it takes is finding the right style you want that fits the surroundings to better reflect who you really are. Consider switching things up and going for something you wouldn’t normally choose, stepping a bit outside of your boundaries. The best thing about slipcovers is that they are cheap and easy to change, so test out a more unique style. This boldness could be just what your home needs.

revamp chair 3 Easy Tips To Revamp & Refresh Any San Francisco Home

Slip Covers (credit: Melanie Graysmith)

Refinish and Restore
Whether it is a well-loved furniture piece or workhorse kitchen cabinets that need an updated finish, quality restoration work will give new life to old pieces. A simple staining to a table can completely transform the ambiance of a room. Finally get the beach cottage you’ve always wanted with a whitewash finish to a couple pieces of furniture. Or opt for a more sophisticated look with darker colors that add instant serenity to a room.

revamp kitchen set 3 Easy Tips To Revamp & Refresh Any San Francisco Home

Staining (credit: Melanie Graysmith)

More Than A New Coat Of Paint
What a difference a coat of paint can make. A stained coffee table or battered night stand may still have years of use; a fresh coat or two of paint is all that’s needed to perk up these pieces. Either go the restorative route or try another path using faux painting, stenciling, antiquing or other decorative techniques. Have some do-it-yourself fun with the pieces to revamp — or get someone else to do it and save yourself the time.

Below are some local businesses that may be able to help you get started.

(415) 407-5097

ArtSparx is a San Francisco based instructional website loaded with everything you need to know to decoratively paint furniture, ornamental pieces, walls and more. Decorative and faux painting tutorials with step-by-step directions, plus an enormous amount of information on all the supplies you will need to do the job, are here on this educational site.

Creative Paint Design
1205 46th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 386-3253

Creative Paint Design does it all, for interior and exterior needs: fine painting, color consultation, fine and faux finishes, design, murals, restoration and more.

Welsh Upholstery
3212 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-3639

Welsh Upholstery has been serving San Francisco and surrounding areas since 1977. They can upholster anything from a favorite chair to unique decorative seating. With many reviewers praising their work, Welsh Upholstery has a reputation for quality work.

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Melanie Graysmith is a freelance writer and artist based in San Francisco. She writes on adult education, art and lifestyle topics, and enjoys writing short stories and poetry. Melanie is a member of an independent filmmaking group and aims to spin her stories into film. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.


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