Shopping Case Goods

Let’s talk about the Great American Pastime…shopping…and how to find good furniture.  First of all, I’ll start with 3 axioms.  Everybody wants a bargain. Value is made up of both price and quality. And, lastly, you should buy the best quality piece of furniture you can afford.

Of course, there are exceptions to this last one.  If you’re moving every year, or on an extremely tight budget, you may want dispose-a-furniture, but for your sake and the sake of the environment, it’s better to get something that lasts.  It’s better to give something away than to throw something away.

We’ll start with case goods.  These are chests of drawers, vanities, dressers, sideboards, armoires, entertainment centers, think anything big and rectangular.

Low budget case goods may be made up of particle board or Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF).  Their finishes will be paper or vinyl veneer with the grain painted on or covered in house paint or enamel.  The joints are butt-lapped (end to edge) and held together with staples.  The back is likely to be cardboard (glued or nailed on) as will be the bottom of the drawers.  The drawer fronts will be attached with glue or screws.  If it’s an armoire or entertainment center, the doors won’t open all the way back to the sides of the case.  The carved details will be plastic or resin rather than carved wood.  Based on my own experience, expect three to five years of use.

Middle of the line pieces will be made out of plywood with multiple ply veneers and have a finish of colored lacquer or Formica.  The joinery may be a mixture but the best joints will have dovetails, dadoes or mortise and tenon joints.  The back will be recessed in a rabbeted joint and be nailed or screwed on.  Only the back of the piece will look different than the front or sides.  The drawer bottoms will sit inside a dado joint ( a little groove) and be either masonite or thin plywood.  The drawer fronts will be attached with a mortise and tenon joint.  The drawers will use metal glides and you’ll be easily able to access the back of the drawer.  The inside may be sanded and finished. Depending on use, you’ll have these items for ten to fifteen years.

Heirloom pieces, those which you can pass down to your grandkids, will be a whole ‘nother cat.  They’ll be made out of solid wood or may have up to 7 plys in the veneer.  The look will be a hand rubbed finish, although, truth to tell, most commercial finishes are sprayed on with a high volume low pressure (HVLP) sprayer these days.  The inside of the cabinet should have blocks in corners to increase stability.  The blocks should be at least glued and may be screwed.  Almost all the joinery will be dovetails, dadoes, some mortise and tenon and even some miter joints.  Like before, the back will be rabbetted in and sometimes will have a finish (although since this is rarely seen, not all do).  Under the drawers, which set inside a dado groove, you’ll see corner blocks and the bottom will be made of plywood or solid wood.  The quality of the drawer glides should be noticeably better and allow full access to the inside.  The inside of the drawers may be stained and finished.  The doors should have either piano (long) hinges or slide back into the cabinet (pocket doors) or be double hinged so they’ll open all the way to sides of the cabinet.

It’s worth noting that these are really ideals and you’ll frequently find a mix of better and lesser qualities (hey, just like me) in the same item.  A visit to an antique or used furniture store (shameless plug) is a good way to see a variety of techniques, woods and finishes.

And I highly recommend talking with your customer sales associate (aka salesman) if you have any questions.  Shopping is all about trust.  You trust that what you’re buying is worth your money.  The salesman trusts your check is good.

Old Furniture Deserves a New Life

If you want to have something truly unique in your home without wasting tons of money and, most importantly, increasing your carbon footprint, consider the art of upcycling and repurposing. Even the oldest furniture pieces can look dashing with a little bit of effort. Basically, you can figure out a whole new idea and purpose for an old chair or simply breathe new life into your furniture. There’s no reason to rush into consumer craze when your own creativity can achieve so much, both for your home and the environment.

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Painting and refinishing

If you have some old, shabby-looking wooden furniture pieces, there are plenty of options in store. You can go for a really rustic look by simply sanding the wooden surface. You can leave the piece half-sanded and add paint for a true antique vibe, or refinish the entire piece and give it a fresh coat of paint all over. Of course, you’re not limited to only one color. You can mix and match different shades and patterns in order to get an amazing, unique piece. This project can involve old shelves, tables, chairs, cabinets and whatever else you want to spruce up.

Spray paint to the rescue

Another great way to give your old furniture a new look is to use spray paint. If you’re going to upcycle wooden objects, make sure to sand them first. Pieces made of stone and metal don’t require this step. Recently, metallic style décor has become really popular. In that respect you can add a touch of gold, silver, copper or rose gold to your old pieces in a jiffy. The best thing about this easy trend is that you can choose between matte and shiny spray finishes, and even combine the two. What’s more, there’s this trend of gluing little bits and bobs to larger surfaces, thus making something completely extravagant. Take a look at interesting home décor online to see if anything can be a good match for a such project. You can spray the decorative pieces as well to unify the look.

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Stencils and wallpaper

You can make something even more interesting and eye-pleasing than a simple repainted furniture piece. For example, you can use store-bought stencils or use pretty much anything you want for imprint in order to add a personal touch to your old furniture. On the other hand, wallpapers and decoupage technique can be used to jazz up the entire piece or to add decorative details. For example, you can refinish and repaint your cabinet, but also liven up the cabinet doors with decorative paper, wallpaper, pages from comic books as well as napkins.

Décor bits and pieces

It’s not all about giving a completely new look to your old furniture. Sometimes you just want to improve the furniture you already have. In that respect, you can reupholster your chairs and sofas instead of buying completely new ones. You can give a whole new look to your bed with some nice curtains, thus making a canopy bed. And sometimes, a few tiny tweaks here and there can transform any room. For example, check to see whether your furniture doors need new knobs. Moreover, you can bring old furniture to life by adding beautiful faux plants details that would match a vintage look really well. Also, you can use faux vines to decorate the beds and mirrors even.

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 Repurpose to your heart’s content

Have you ever thought about various ways you can reuse your old things? An old mirror frame can be used as a picture frame and vice versa. Old trunks, chairs and ottomans can be transformed into coffee tables and storage solutions. Your outdoor table can also be a desk, while that tall and sleek wardrobe can end up being a perfect shelf or cabinet. Window shades as well as ladders can be a great solution for vertical gardens, too.

There’s hardly anything furniture-wise that cannot be repaired or reused. In that respect, put your creativity to the test. Play with online ideas and inspirations or try your own out. You may find that the product of your own work is a lot more functional and beautiful than something you can buy.

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Less Known Eco-Friendly Elements for Your Home

Eco-friendly products are products that cause no harm to the environment in the process of their production, use or disposal. With today’s technology and raised awareness about the environment, there are more and more such products and they have found their way into our home décor. Most people think that going green in your home is difficult and that it takes plenty of time. However, that is not entirely true, since there are also some small items, gadgets and tricks that can help you go green.

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Cloth Napkins

Millions of napkins are thrown away each day all around the world after being used only once. If you wish to green up your home, you should rely on reusable products. This means you should use cloth napkins or the ones made of bamboo. You can easily wash these while contributing to reducing the amount of disposed paper napkins.

Moss Carpet

This unusual carpet is for bathrooms only, but it sure is interesting. Additionally, this is one of the cutest eco-friendly products you can get for your home. The moisture in your bathroom helps the moss in the mat grow. These mats are made of imperishable foam which soaks up and retains water. Not only do they look good, but they can filter the air in your bathroom and make good use of all that moisture.

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Green Door Mats

Nothing says “welcome” better than an eco-friendly doormat. Replace the old synthetic mat with some of the brand-new door mats that are made of durable spun PET yarn and contain no toxins. Also, they give a rustic, more natural look to your front door, wish everyone a warm welcome and help you keep the dirt outside.

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Eco-Friendly Furniture

Furniture is the major element of interior design and you should consider using eco-friendly furniture. Since it is omnipresent in the house, toxic materials can only damage our environment more. That is why you should rely on rapid renewable and sustainable materials such as bamboo and cork. Additionally, you can turn to recycled pieces that actually look elegant and luxurious even though they are not new. Moreover, natural materials that go through minimum amount of processing, such as granite, stone, wood and slate are also considered green and they will maximize the interior design while minimize consumed energy and toxic exhaustion.

Water Powered Clock

If you want to stop using clocks that use batteries or electricity, you should consider getting a water powered clock. All you have to do is fill the cap and add water and the clock will use the cutting edge technology and create its own energy. It is a small detail in your home, but it can reduce energy usage, and lower the need for batteries.

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Eco-Friendly Kettle

While preparing your afternoon tea, you are actually wasting energy if you boil more water than you actually need. In order to always be sure that you are not wasting water or energy, you should rely on an eco-friendly kettle. Such kettles have a special compartment where the water is stored when poured in. When you wish to boil some water for your tea, you have to press a button which will transfer a desired amount of water into the second compartment where the water will be boiled.

Low Voc Paint

For repainting your interior walls and brightening up the atmosphere you should use low voc paints. Such paints contain no toxins and chemicals that can harm you and your family, and they are practically odorless and 100% acrylic.

Going green doesn’t necessarily mean that you should replace everything in your home. Even though that can be your end goal, you should start smart and replace the smaller things first. These several tips and items will show you how easy it actually is to commit to creating a better and healthier environment.

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Select the Best Parquetry Dining Table for Your Home

The presence of the parquetry dining table in the house is essential to enhance the surrounding ambiance. It is styled in a unique manner to capture the imagination of the people. Draped in a contemporary and vintage design, the furniture goes a long way in delivering explicit results to the users. The geometrical wooden theme is evident in the appearance of the table. Although, it is a wonderful addition to the home; one should follow certain tips to find the best option to purchase. Among various style you can choose the right one that fits according to your space. parquet1

Simplistic design forms

The modern silhouette is streamlined into a sleek product that occupies minimum space. It can accommodate many guests in a party. Carved appearance of the wood plays vital role in introducing elegance to the product. Made from solid alder wood, the parquetry dining table is epitome of durability for the users. Family gatherings would never be complete without the purchase of the above-mentioned items.

 Rigid frame

The rigid frame might be crafted out of oak veneer top. Capable of hosting as many as 8 guests, the product goes a long way in captivating the imagination of the people. If the frame is not rigid and strong, the table is not able to survive adverse weather conditions. Therefore, you should also make sure that the strong lacquer coating is applied to it for longevity. 

 Classic style

Classic style never goes out of fashion. Bolstered by Glass planks, the minimal lines captivate the imagination of the people to a great extent. Herringbone surface is one of the most important parts of the table that imparts durability and white style. The classic theme fits well with the other furniture in the house giving eclectic décor to the interior. While hosting the party, the dining hall exudes top class elegance capturing the attention of the onlookers.

 Airfoil stuff

The Airfoil stuff is furniture to watch for. High-spirited meals and conversions can be carried out in style. Inspired by the wings of aircraft, the wooden material boasts of similar design to the users that are not only entertaining, but also regal in appearance. You can place the crystal glass on the table as an accessory and accentuate its beauty by many fold.

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Axel style

Top of the line artisans has used the expertise to design the amazing table style. To start with, it looks rugged, but can transform the appearance of the vintage homes. Eclectic décor comprising old world and contemporary themes entwined together present a delectable view  to the users. The table is light in weight. Hence, it is easy to  move from one place to another.

 Personal touch

While you are selecting the item, make sure it is bespoke. The personal touch is essential, as the table will occupy the dining space inside the home. While, color would blend with the vibrant colors of the wall and impart old school charm to the ambiance. It is imperative to ensure that the texture is in harmony with the neutral backdrop of the wood.

Reputed retailer

Only a reputed retailer can provide tables carrying iron-clad warranty. One should take a closer look at the margins in design, because they vary from one product to another. Specifications are provided along with the product. Therefore, you should read the text carefully before proceeding ahead with the purchase.

If you are confused what type of table to buy, contact the customer care departments to get an approximate idea on choosing parquetry dining table. It is quite handy to take information about quality and affordability before making a decision.

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Mixing Vintage and Modern Home Décor

Equipping your home with modern accessories is great if you like living in a Matrix-inspired space. However, this decorating style is not for everyone, so re-examine your personal taste and take your own preferences into consideration when decorating your home. For those who like the Ye Olde Days more, opting for a vintage home décor style might be the perfect solution, especially if they add some modern taste to it as well. Coming up with a tasteful, elegant and inviting combination might be hard, but the results will be worth your time, effort and money. If you want your home to portray a successful blend of modern and vintage, here are a few tips that might help you.

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Your Private Sanctuary

Even though we don’t spend that much time in our bathrooms, this space still remains special. This is where we take the first morning shower and recuperate after an awful day in the office. In short, out bathroom should be a sanctuary, but also an exciting place that gives us energy. The best way to achieve such a mix is by decorating your bathroom properly.

One of the most popular ideas nowadays are wood-effect porcelain tiles – they’ll give your bathroom an old-school effect it desperately needs, but it can also take it to the 21st century. These tiles combine an irreplaceable look of a traditional bathroom with an unique twist of a contemporary home decoration, so they’re perfect for everyone. Another way to decorate your bathroom is by installing a freestanding bathtub – these have a unique 1930s appeal, but, when put into a modern context, usually look quite innovative.

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The Center of Attention

Every family spends hours and hours in the living room, so you should pay special attention to this part of your home. Luckily, finding vintage furniture has never been easier and you can find lots of options online. If you know what you’re looking for and how much money you’re willing to spend on a particular piece, you’ll surely find dozens of options.

Since most living rooms include a TV or stereo, the best thing to do is to contrast these high-tech items with a classic armchair/sofa combo. If you add an ottoman or a vintage coffee table, your living room will be perfectly balanced, especially if you top it all off with a classic soft shaggy rug, one of the most beloved decorating items of the 1980s. This addition will bring back old memories and instantaneously make you 40 years younger. Finally, make sure you coordinate the colors of your furniture, your walls and your rug adequately – first find the furniture and then pick the color of the walls to match it.

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Focus on the Lights

Setting up the perfect lighting in your home is never easy, especially if you want to include high-quality lamps and energy-efficient LED lights. Most people have a problem combining these two options since modern light bulbs sometimes really look out of place. But, with a proper blend of old and new, you can do whatever you want.

Whichever time period you prefer – the chic 1940s, the radiant 1960s or subtle 1980s – you’ll easily notice the abundance of all sorts of lamps. Floor lamps, writing lamps, industrial-style hanging lamps, huge lampshades and intricately designed fixtures were focal points of every living room of the last century, so why not introduce them to your home as well? Visit your local flea market, search for vintage lamps and then try to fuse them with modern light bulbs.

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Other Ideas

Some of the other ways to combine vintage and modern home décor styles are old-fashioned wallpapers or retro countertops in your kitchen, heavy drapes mixed with fashionable linens in your bedroom and vintage windows that provide your dining room with enough natural light. Eclectic homes have never been more popular than today, so going into this direction when decorating will surely bring great results.

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About author:

Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She loves cooking, baking, sewing, spending quality time with her daughters and she’s passionate for writing. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.” Find her on Facebook.

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