Wilkinson Era Real Estate

Creative Ways to use Furniture

by Mundy Bringuier 09/08/2019

Have you ever discovered you needed a piece of furniture that you can't readily find or your space requirements leave you with limited choices? Options still exist, and they can be a perfect match not only for your space but for your style as well.

First, identify what you need

Measure the available spot and height. Then, have in mind the type of furniture that you need there. A multi-purpose function is critical if space is an issue. For example, find a small chest of drawers to stand that TV on so that there is extra storage underneath. Knowing what you need is essential since with a couple of strategic steps you could create it, but only if you first determine what the result should be. 

Then, figure out from where the furniture will come 

Some great places to find pieces are thrift stores and garage sales. The furniture will not look the same when you finish, so view it with your creative mind's eye. When shopping for your furniture, it does not have to meet the exact dimensions if you can make adjustments once you bring it home. For example, if you need an end/bedside table for a daybed, but it is hard to find one tall enough, find something that you can work with and change the legs to give it the correct height. 

Next, bring it home

It doesn’t quite work yet. It still needs adjustments and probably is not the correct style. Having it already home gives you the ability to see how it fits into the room. Once you have it in its space, you can check that it is suitable, decide the exact corrections that you need to make, and figure out which color selection you will settle on. Take lighting and other colors of the room into consideration. Determine if this piece will match existing colors or be a splash-of-color accent piece.Here is where style becomes a reality.

Finish it up

You can now create the vision that you identified before shopping. One of the simplest ways to change the look of something is with paint. Depending on the style that you are going for the furniture can have one color, marbled coloring, or if you’re a little brave, a design. The option also exists to re-stain it if you happened to have found a wooden piece that you like but has the wrong wood tone. If the sound of marbling is intriguing, take the article outside. Paint the base color as a solid, then water down the second color and lightly paint over the first or dip the brush in and splash it onto the piece until you achieve a design that you like. 

Have fun! 

Think beyond the furniture store! Have fun filling the spaces in your home and making memories in the process. Your handiwork will not only fulfill your furniture need but will become a conversation piece you should be proud of for years to come.

About the Author
Author

Mundy Bringuier

 

When Buyers ask why I need a REALTOR®, here is my response....... with 19 years of experience. For one thing we have the experience, we know the pit-falls, and we know what to look out for when something doesn’t look right from experience.

A REALTOR® with experience is PRICELESS. A REALTOR® is well worth the money that you don’t pay. We can save you from losing money, there are many things that can go wrong (“Time is of the Essence”) in a contract, which means you make one mistake, miss a date on contract it can cause the contract to be terminated and can lose your Ernest Deposit Money which can be devastated to any buyer especially a first time home buyer.

A REALTOR® job is to protect you to the best of their ability, look out for your best interest, be loyal to you, provide you with all material facts that could influence your decision(s), follow your lawful instructions, keep confidential information confidential and to help you negotiate the best price.

Here are some things you may not be aware of: in just one purchase transaction:

  1. There are nearly 300 communications that takes place between, the seller(s), agents, attorney, lender, inspectors, insurance companies, surveyors, appraisers with emails, text, faxes and phone calls.
  2. Nearly 400 documents/pages, all of which have significant consequences if you don’t fully understand.
  3. Review of documents/Insure accuracy: Offer to Purchase and Contract, HOA documents (covenants & restrictions), Loan package, Addendums, Property Disclosure Statements, Attorney documents, Review the final financial statement (HUD-1) to insure you get every penny that is due you.
  4. Coordinate all events: starting making appointment to show properties, home and termite inspections, surveyors, appraisers, repairs to be done, closings. The list goes on of probable unforeseen things that may come and they do come up that needs to be handle to keep everything running smooth and to help prevent the contract from being terminated.
  5. If the purchase transaction doesn’t close it can be devastating to all parties involved in the transaction. There is consist communication with the lender and the attorney.

It is the REALTOR®’s job in represent the buyer to accomplish all of the above and to do what’s best for the buyer and it doesn’t cost the buyer one penny.

Bottom line.... Get a REALTOR® to represent you, I course I would hope you choose me but whether you choose me or another REALTOR®, get yourself a REALTOR®, after all purchasing a home is not something you do every day, twice a year or even once a year. We do, it’s all we do every day, all day.

As for New Construction:

A common misconception when purchasing new construction is that you don’t need a

REALTOR®. Ask any sales agent working for the builder and the answer you'll get (guaranteed) is that you don't need a REALTOR®, they can take care of everything. This may be true but it doesn't get you personal representation that all buyers should expect and have.

A good question to ask is, "Who will represent me?" Now the answers come down to, "We will...." Think about it, these representatives are employed by and responsible to the builder. Why would someone believe that the potential for a "conflict of interest" doesn't exist?

Case in point, "Do I need an inspection?" The answers provided by the builder is, no, we inspect and do several reviews of the property before you take ownership and you have a "full one year warranty" that covers w, x, y, & z.

Any REALTOR® representing you will tell you that you should have a personal structural inspection conducted even with new construction. Some of the issues identified with our new construction inspections include: missing roof tile, black mold in the attic, sealed vents, faulty smoke detectors, wiring violations, foundation, structure issues, etc. These are the types of problems that the normal home owner may not identify for years beyond the warranty. Now who benefits from being told that an inspection is not necessary?

When buying new construction, having a REALTOR® that represents you personally is a huge benefit from negotiations, asking important questions, monitoring the building process, etc.  The choice is yours, but wouldn't it make sense to protect yourself with personal representation?

Also make sure your REALTOR® accompanies you on EVERY first visit of new builder viewings, as the builders will not take kindly if you view their models without your agent and you may lose your agents representation if you decide to purchase from them.
Choose an experienced REALTOR® when working with new home builders, because every builder is different and each situation is unique, you want someone on your side guiding you step by step through the process and making sure the builder is doing their part in the transaction.

One last comment: It is a common misconception that not using a REALTOR® when buying new construction will save you money. Builders have their fee to the REALTOR® budgeted separately from the house price. So it’s not costing you in the price of the house.

When a buyer does not use a Buyer agent (REALTOR®), the builder pays their sale represented a higher commission, pockets the saving or throws it into their marketing budget.

So instead of asking yourself, “Why should I use a REALTOR®?” the real question is,

“Why wouldn’t you hire a REALTOR®?” At no cost to you, hiring an agent will save you

time today and money tomorrow.

The decision is yours, I'd be honored for the chance to help you. Please call or e-mail me for an appointment that's easy and convenient for you. Thanks for stopping by. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

Mundy Bringuier, Broker/REALTOR®

PS: Hablo Espanol