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Three ways to make your old furniture look like new

 apartments for rent in Elora, furniture, DIY, decorating, Elora Apartments, Apartments Elora, Apartments for Rent in Elora, Elora apartment rentals, Apartments in Elora, Apartment rentals in Elora, Elora Apartments for RentBreathing new life into old furniture not only saves money, but it also allows you to test out your creative side. Whether the piece has been in the family for generations or is something you recently picked up at the local thrift store, the possibilities are endless when it comes to making it truly your own. With so many DIY options available, you may be uncertain about where to start or what to try. Luckily, our preferred property management company, Williams and McDaniel, has put together some furniture tutorials you’ll want to try and showcase in your Elora apartment.


Photo Transfers/ Graphic Transfers

Add a truly personal touch to your old furniture by incorporating photo or graphic transfers into their appearance. You have complete creative control and the finished product will be a truly one-of-a-kind creation that you will not be able to buy in stores. This DIY is an easy way to dress up tables, chests, headboards or chairs and is also a great gift idea. ‘Madigan Made’s’ DIY Child’s Chair transforms an IKEA chair into a personalized throne fit for your little one. All you need to complete this DIY are a few ingredients including a colour photocopy of the image, cutting mat, craft knife, wax paper, brushes and mod podge. For a vintage photo transfer feel, try out ‘The Flying C’s’ Mod Podge Transfer Tutorial on your tired-looking furniture. Purchase a thrifty treasure to test your DIY skills out at Value Village located at 214 Silvercreek Parkway North. The store is a 22-minute drive from the Sandstone Apartments and a 23-minute drive from the Executive Suites.



If you’re looking for a DIY project that requires little skill, is inexpensive and will yield stunning results, Ombre DIYs are what you’ve been searching for. With so many tutorials available including this How to Paint an Ombre Dresser illustration, you’ll be on your way to redesigning your furniture in a flash. Ombre is a style of painting that either starts off lighter and fades into a deeper colour or it starts off deeper and fades to a lighter colour. No matter which way you do it, the results will be beautiful. Located at 6458 Wellington Road 7, Elora Home Hardware will have all your painting supplies and is conveniently located less than 10 minutes away by car from both Elora apartments. For more Ombre inspiration, check out ‘Fox Hollow Cottage’ blog’s Aqua Ombre-Painted Furniture tutorial, ‘Kid Crave’s’ DIY Ombre Dresser and ‘Cape 27 Blog’s’ DIY Ombre Chest Transformation.


Fabric Wrapped

Give your furniture a new look by wrapping it in fresh and fashionable fabrics. To complete this DIY you’ll need fabric, an iron, ironing board, paint brush, razor and of course, a set of drawers or furniture. If you’re currently looking for inspiration both “Ikea Hackers’s’ Fabric-Wrapped Ikea Rast and ‘Centsational Girl’s’ Furniture With Fabric Texture tutorial are great starting points. Pick up your furniture pieces at the Salvation Army Thrift Store located at 204 Silvercreek Parkway North and purchase your fabric at Len’s Mill Store located at 3555 Broadway. The thrift store is a 23-minute drive from both Elora apartments and the fabric shop is a 28-minute drive from the Sandstone Apartments and a 30-minute drive from the Executive Suites.


Welcome new furniture into your apartment without spending money by updating items you already have with these clever DIYs. Located at 120-122 David Street East and 143 Kertland Street, Williams and McDaniel’s Sandstone Apartments and Executive Suites are an ideal choice for those looking to rent in Elora.