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5 Best DIY Projects Using Reclaimed Wood

Creating your own furniture is satisfying. Everyday, you’ll get to use something you made by hand and can admire your hard work.

Crafting pieces out of reclaimed wood can make you feel even better. You’re reusing materials that would otherwise end up the trash and you’ll have a great story to tell when guests ask you where you got it. With Earth Day upon us, we recommend reclaimed wood as a way to satisfy your creative itch and do something great for the planet. These five projects are a way to add a nice vintage touch to your home, and they’re not that hard to make either. So, find some used wood and get to work!

Best DIY Reclaimed Wood Projects

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Spend Your Tax Return on DIY Projects

Make That Tax Return Go Farther with DIY!

You finally finished your taxes and a sizable return has just landed in your bank account. It’s time to celebrate! If you’ve been to waiting for the extra cash to finally complete that home improvement project, you’ve got it. But if you’re fresh out of ideas about how to spiff up your abode, we have a few suggestions. Best of all, these projects can be completed over a weekend and will likely leave you with some extra money to spend on whatever else your heart desires. How about a new wardrobe for that new wardrobe?

Add Storage

If you’re always hunting for your keys right by the door or eternally searching for misplaced bath products in your bathroom, consider adding shelves. Mount a glass shelf on your bathroom beside the mirror to keep essentials like toothpaste and skin creams nearby. Additionally, consider adding a small side table to your entryway for added storage space. Besides, where else will your extra mail go? A mounted shelf complete with hooks to hang your keys is also ideal for storage too; check this example from Better Homes and Garden’s site bhg.com.

Make Your Entrance Shine

DIY projects for your tax return

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Painting a door a bright color like cherry red or a bold blue is one of the easiest ways to take it from drab to fab, according to bhg.com. If you’d like to take it one step further, consider adding a welcome mat (DIY it with old sheets or those saved corks) or some potted plants. Those little touches can help your guests feel more, well, at home.

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How To Recycle Holiday Decorations

Don’t let the holiday season cause you to send your festive decor to the landfill – end the year in a green way with tips from Signature Furniture Rental!

As we de-holiday our house and transition into January, most of us are left with a mountain of items that we simply don’t know what to do with. It can be overwhelming to throw everything away, with the knowledge of the sentiment with which each thing was given, but we don’t always have the room to store everything from year to year. We know that recycling is a better option for the planet, but there are so many rules for what can be recycled and how that it can turn into just another overwhelming task to put off. Here is a quick guide to how best to reuse, upcycle, or recycle holiday decorations.

How To Recycle Holiday Decorations

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Unfortunately, a mountain of traditional satin wrapping paper, shiny ribbon, tape and gift bags can’t be recycled. The kraft paper, newspaper and recyclable wrapping paper can be recycled, of course, but not everybody uses planet friendly materials when playing Santa. Even if you end up throwing everything into the recycling bin, it’s common to have one contraband item spoil the chances for the rest of the load to be recycled due to the sheer volume of garbage to be sorted through. The best thing to do in this case is to reuse the wrapping paper and ribbon for another gift, or to save it for another DIY project. Pinterest and the blogosphere are great resources for upcycling ideas and instructions for projects like framed art and wreaths.

Christmas trees are another issue. Buying a natural tree, which can be recycled into mulch or compost, is a greener option than purchasing an artificial or flocked tree. When artificial trees have ended their run, they cannot be recycled, and must either be donated or thrown away. However, the each local community has their own rules and methods for recycling natural Christmas trees and wreaths, and often if these strict guidelines aren’t followed, a perfectly compostable holiday plant will end up in the landfill instead.

Some communities have curbside pick-up for their trees, while others have collection stations at local parks or schools. Be sure to look up your city’s post-holiday procedures, because they might be limited time events held on just a few dates (and definitely don’t keep that totally brown tree around till Valentine’s Day…).

When in doubt, check out http://www.earth911.com in order to find out how to recycle your household items, and learn new ideas for reusing your old things.

Whether you’re low on cash, time, or just decided to get into the spirit last minute, sometimes the holidays sneak up on you before you’ve had a chance to prepare. With just a few days until Christmas and New Year’s lurking right around the corner, there isn’t much time to deck the halls extravagantly, unless you hire a team of elves to do it overnight.

Here are a few ideas from Signature Furniture Rental for fun, easy and inexpensive do-it-yourself projects to make your home beautiful in no time flat this holiday season.

Last minute holiday decorations to DIY - Signature Furniture Rental

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You can make your dream Thanksgiving dinner, even in a small space. Here are some tips to maximize your time and space, host a full sized thanksgiving in a small kitchen, and even get to enjoy your family and friends’ company this holiday.

Host Thanksgiving in a Small Kitchen

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How to choose the right upholstery fabric

When shopping for a piece of furniture, it’s important to take into account the design aesthetics of your space, as well as the practical function you need the piece to serve. Here are a few key things to focus on as you get started.

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Transitioning to Fall Decorations

The first feeling of a crisp, cool autumn day brings to mind delicious stews and soups, gorgeous apples, fiery foliage, and signals the official end of the summer season. Here are some tips to help you switch gears by bringing autumn into your home with fall decorations without feeling like you’re changing the your whole home decor.

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How to Maximize Storage Space

While browsing the latest copies of House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and Better Homes and Gardens (and soon, the much anticipated return issue of Domino magazine!), one of the most evident themes in all of those is that beautiful living is organized living. Preserving the design aesthetic while allowing for the mess of life, each featured space offers beautiful and intuitive solutions for corralling the items of daily happenings. The challenge arises when there is more stuff than space to store it, but after this first hurdle is overcome, everything else becomes a matter of personal preference and creativity.

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moving and furniture rental

Buying a new home is one of the most exciting things a person can do because it signals a big change. However, moving is recognized as one of the top three stresses in life, and there’s little to do to get around that. Furniture rental can be one small way a new homeowner can alleviate some of those moving stresses. It’s far easier to get settled with furniture rental in your new home than it is to pack, move, store and set up your old furniture; that said, furniture rental is not for everyone. Those with antique items they can’t bear to part with will obviously want to keep them for sentimental or valued reasons, and those with the means to pack and ship a whole home full of furniture will see no reason not to. But for the rest of us, especially those of us looking for a furniture upgrade to go along with our address upgrade, furniture rental can be just the thing to get you through the first few months.

First, lets look at the costs associated with moving. After buying a home (and all the costs associated with that, especially in San Diego), there’s getting to it. Those moving within the same city might not have such a big problem, but relocating from one city to another, one state to another, or from New York to San Diego, can find it’s more of a hassle than they bargained for. Relocating furniture can triple the cost of moving:

  • Hiring furniture movers is quite costly and more than twice the amount of renting a truck to move items yourself.
  • You’ll still incur fees of a truck rental in addition to filling that gas tank and buying insurance for your items/any damage to the truck. Hopefully you’ll be nice and also buy your friends and family dinner and drinks for helping you move, too.
  • If you’re in between homes and need to store all of your big items you’ll find high storage fees that sometimes require an additional monthly payment added to your bills.

Let’s say your furniture items would cost you $10,000 to replace if you bought everything new today. Shipping them a medium to long distance could easily cost almost as much as replacing them. But few brand new homeowners have an extra ten grand to throw down on all new furniture right away; not to mention, having to coordinate buying new furniture to have ready on move-in (so you aren’t forced to sit on the floor the first few nights) can be a bit much. Furniture rental takes this out of the equation: sell or donate your existing furniture, avoid the costs associated with shipping the furniture, avoid the physical stress of moving your furniture yourself, and sit back (or unpack) while a furniture rental service delivers and sets up your temporary furniture items in your new home. Keep them until you’re ready to buy new and you’ll won’t have to lift a finger again.

Second, let’s look at the time associated with moving. Moving is not a quick process, no matter how organized you are.  There are services that will come and pack your things for you, ship them for you, and set them up in your new home for you, but the average person just does not have that kind of money. At the very least, you’ll need to do your own packing and organizing before hiring a company to ship your boxes and furniture. But even then you’re relying on another company to deliver your belongings and furniture when promised – something that can be hard to predict and might leave you high and dry – for weeks. Few people take extensive amounts of time away from their jobs to move, which means being left without your things can be a huge tax on your time.

Furniture rental offers yet another solution to this predicament:  by not having to worry about big, bulky items during your move, you can travel more lightly. Rent a truck yourself or pack up your car with your personal belongings and ship the things you won’t need immediately. Schedule furniture rental delivery for the day you’ll arrive and you’ll be able to walk in to your new home with comfortable, quality furniture and have everything else you’ll need already with you. Not a day will be wasted.

Third, let’s look at the quality of your existing furniture compared to rented furniture. Often times, when renting, the customer is able to choose higher quality furniture than what they would purchase. Rented furniture pieces are in tip top shape and always current, and may be switched out for new pieces at the client’s request. Opt to have the rental items delivered prior to your arrival to provide a welcoming feel when walking into your new home. Choose the duration of time in which you will keep the selected items and if you get bored with them, just swap out for something different. This works great if you are in between selecting a theme for your home. Perhaps you and the spouse are in different places when deciding on your décor: use furniture rental as a substitution until the final decision is made, or as a way to help you come to a final decision. Once certain items are inside the home, choosing the design of your home becomes easier.

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Sofa furniture rental
Colleges around the country are starting this week and next and students (and their parents) have been thinking and planning and stressing all summer. As a freshman, moving out of the house may seem like a big challenge when you have to shop for all new necessities needed to get started and the sheer number of options can be stress inducing on their own. Whether it’s a dorm, a private residence, or an apartment full of roommates, your shopping list is bound to be a long one.

There is, however, one way to remove stress surrounding college living arrangements. Rather than invest loads of money on new furniture for your new student or deal with the hassle and expense of moving furniture items to campus, furniture rental is the stress-free and cost-effective way to provide a student with everything he or she needs. After dealing with the chaos of move-in day, you’ll be wishing someone else was doing the heavy lifting!

Most likely the housing you chose is temporary and contracted for the term of the school year. When the school year ends, you’ll have decisions to make about what to do with your furniture – do you put it in storage? Ship it home? Give it away to someone who is staying for the summer? And next fall you’ll be in the same predicament. With furniture rental, you can choose your items from the comfort of your computer or smartphone, select the delivery and pick-up dates, and forget about it. No storage fees, no backbreaking lifting, no shipping fees, no wear and tear, and no stress about what to do with all that stuff.

Dorm rooms come furnished with the simplest of pieces, giving the room that predictable bare-bones look. If you’re looking for something a bit more ‘grown up’, particularly for grad students or upper classmen, furniture rental provides a mature ambience.

Also, more often than not it’s the little things that make a temporary college room feel like home. Accent items, artwork and plants are available for rent and offer an easy way to decorate and keep a room from looking like it belongs in Dorm Monthly magazine.

It’s well known that a college education is a stressful and costly ordeal; some of those stresses and costs can’t be avoided, but furnishing your college room doesn’t have to be one of them. Check out this infographic on the stressed life of a college student and the ways to make the experience more enjoyable.

A Cure For The Stressed Life of A College Student

by WpromoteInc.
Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

 

 

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