How to Remove Old Furniture: Before and After Results
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You probably love your vintage finds and that rustic table with the uneven legs and scuffed surface. But, how will you feel when you have to set up a dinner party in your apartment? Or host an unexpected guest? It’s not like a hotel or an Airbnb where guests won’t see the furniture. You need to think of providing a comfortable experience for your guests. This article will help you decide if you can keep that old furniture or not. Also, it will give you useful tips on how to remove old furniture without causing any damage to walls, flooring, or the new one. So let’s look at some DIY advice on how to remove old furniture without any hassles!
What’s so bad about the old furniture?
Most furniture, even antique, is built from cheap materials. The wood will likely be soft pine that has not been treated for decay, the upholstery may be made from synthetic materials that don’t breathe well and will cause skin allergies, and the fabrics may be thin and tear easily. These old pieces of furniture are likely to have been built before modern codes for dust and insect pests were put into place. That means they could have lots of dust mites, spider eggs and other pests that can make you very sick if they get into your bedding or food. It’s also quite likely that the old furniture has lead paint in it. Lead paint was used on many types of furniture until the 1970s and is very dangerous for children. You will not know if your furniture has lead paint unless you test it, and there’s no easy way to test it yourself. You will either need to hire a professional to do a lead paint test, or remove the piece of furniture and have it tested at a lab.
Know before you go: How much will it cost?
This will depend on factors like – How much the furniture costs new, how much time you want to save, your strength and skill level, etc. If you are buying a new table, you will have to spend around $100 – $200 on it. If you have a professional come over to move your old table, expect to pay $100 – $300. So, it will cost you between $100 – $300. If you are hiring someone to move the old table, you will have to pay $50 – $100 per hour. So it will cost you between $50 – $100 per hour. You should also remember that moving a table is a very messy business and you will not only get the table dirty but also your floor. So it is better to hire a professional so that they can cover the floor to protect it from getting dirty.
Which DIY method is best for your needs?
There are many methods to remove an old table from your house. Which one you should choose will depend on your skill level and the type of table you want to remove. If you have a wooden table, you can lift it using a jack. Or if the table has wheels, you can just roll it out. If you have a table with castor legs, you can just unscrew them and lift the entire table. If you have a wooden table with legs, and you do not have the strength to carry it, you can cut the legs using a saw or an axe. These methods can damage the floor and wall, so they are best done when the table is not in use.
Episode 1: The Time-tested Way (With No Surprise)
If you want to keep the old table but you want it to look new, you can paint it. Painting the table can increase its life by 10 times. So, it will be with you for a very long time. Painting a table is a very easy job. All you need is painting tools, paint, and a drop cloth. First, clean the table properly to remove all the dust and grime from it. Let it dry. Then choose the paint colour, and paint the table. Let the paint dry, and you are done!
Episode 2: The Shortcut Way ( With No Surprise )
If you don’t want to remove the table but you only want to add a table, you can use a table extender. A table extender is a small piece of table that you can easily attach to your dining table using a clamp. Most table extenders will have a place to store your plates, cutlery, and napkins while they are not in use. You can get a table extender in any colour and size. Besides, they are very easy to clean and store. So, you can use them in your apartment, on a boat, or in a motorhome.
Episode 3: The Shocker Way (With A Big Surprise)
If you are a bit of a risk-taker, you can always choose to build a new table. It will cost you a lot to buy a new table, but you can build one for yourself for a fraction of the cost. It will take a lot of time, effort, and skill to build a new table. And once you are done, you can proudly show it off to your guests. Building a table is not an easy job. It is best to hire a carpenter to build the table for you. You can ask them to build you a table according to your specifications. But expect to pay somewhere between $100 – $500.
If you love the old furniture and they are not in a bad shape, don’t get rid of them. You can repaint them to make them look like new. If you want to replace your old furniture with new ones, you can do it either using a table extender or by building your own table. Whether you want to replace or repurpose your old furniture, there are lots of ways to do it. And, it’s best to get started as soon as you can so you have time to choose the best option for you and make it happen!