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New Windows: They Saved My Bank Account

I have to admit that I am very frugal, but I have to be with my large family. When heating and air-conditioning bills were just becoming too much to bear, I finally caved in and bought new windows that I was told were more energy-efficient. They weren't as expensive as I thought they would be, which was great news. I had them installed just before winter began, and I received the lowest heating bill for the month of November that I had received in years! I was so happy that I had those windows installed, especially after being so hesitant to spend the cash on them. I created this blog to help other frugal people like me realize that sometimes spending money on home improvements really does pay off in the long run! I am now looking into new home insulation to save even more cash!


New Windows: They Saved My Bank Account

How To Make Your Used Furniture Match In Your Space

by Michelle Davidson

If you have purchased several pieces of used furniture, chances are you haven't gotten a matching set. When it comes to your home's decor, it's still possible to make these mixed, eclectic pieces work for your space in a way that looks and feels inviting. Here are a few tips to help you create a beautiful space at home with your used furniture pieces.

Consider Refinishing

For wooden furniture pieces, you can always refinish a couple of items to match one centralized item. It's a good idea to refinish products that are smaller in size. If you have a large bookshelf, for example, refinish the corresponding coffee table or chairs with wooden legs to match using a similarly toned wood stain. This will help make everything look more appealing and it's a lot easier to refinish smaller pieces rather than larger ones. The finished product may not be an exact match, but it can help improve the overall fluidity of the wood tones and make them look more streamlined. Consider finishing darker pieces to match rather than lighter ones so it won't be as noticeable if they're not an exact match.


Perhaps you've purchased a used loveseat and sofa at two different stores and the colors or patterns are not quite jiving. Pick the item that you most prefer to keep as-is and get the other item reupholstered in a similar shade to closely match your favorite. If you bought something with a funky pattern, you may not be able to mimic it exactly, but a nice solid shade will help bring the room together. When you buy used furniture, try to purchase items that are close to what you already have or that are not upholstered with material that you'll have a hard time finding for the other pieces you want to reupholster.

Paint Does Wonders

Wooden furniture can be made to match with a simple coat of paint. You can paint everything white, brown, or get creative and use a variety of colors like teal or even a nice brick red. The paint color you choose should go well with your other home decor such as the wall color, or a similar shade to a large accent piece like an area rug. Use a high quality, semi-gloss paint that's made for wood and that will hold up well to heavy use and scratches. Painting your used furniture is the easiest way to get those unusual pieces to look just as if you had purchased them together brand new.

For more information, contact a company like Bucks County Estate Traders