Second hand furniture has character, is built to last and is far more inexpensive compared to its modern cousin. The benefits to its interior design uses don’t end there. If you are seeking a unique look with classical pieces and don’t necessarily have the budget that stretches too far, don’t look further than pre-loved furniture to grace your home.
1. The best used furniture to use
When hunting for that perfect piece, bookshelves, benches, cabinets and even dressers are some of the best to opt for. You’ll also find that occasional chairs make great inclusions to a home. For sanitary reasons avoid mattresses and any other bedding item, and from a safety perspective, don’t look twice at baby cots or items that may have been recalled overtime. It’s just not worth the risk unless you know for sure.
2. One focal piece per room
Your whole house does not need to be furnished with second hand furniture from garage sales, opportunity shops or free online classifieds sites such as Gumtree. The key to design success is to be diligent and take your time to select a focal piece for each room.
When you stumble across that one piece you love, work your existing accessories around it. By choosing large items in neutral tones, you can more easily re-decorate overtime with pops of turquoise or tangerine as your tastes change. Introduce colour easily with cushions, throws and artwork.
3. Be prepared to touch up
Some of the most incredibly carved timber tables or love seats can be found if you know where to look. Your bargain price may mean your furniture requires a touch up but hey, it’s all about designing your home with character. Arm yourself with sandpaper and a few pots of sample paint or stain and set out to give your hand-me-down furniture a new lease on life. Don’t forget too that a cabinet may only need its dated hardware replaced to help make a world of difference.
You may need to draw upon a bit of imagination to look past a lounge chair with worn paisley fabric or a table’s bright purple paint, so if you need some help to visualize your bargain in a new light, the good news is that there are plenty of options available.
To get you started, here are 3 very different second hand pieces sourced from Gumtree.
This amazing find is a vintage 60’s sideboard listed for only $145.
Looking for a leather sofa? This set will only cost you $70. That’s a fantastic bargain.
Need storage for your kitchen, garage or bedroom? These amazing units are completely FREE. Yes, $0.
Aged pieces give our homes personality. Don’t be afraid to mix it up a bit too. Modern, antique, second hand or new. There are no rules. Design your home your way and you’ll love it more every single day.
When you spend time in the kitchen, it is always handy to have a set of tools which have multiple
uses and make life so much easier. Here are a selection of handy and affordable kitchen utensils well worthwhile investing in.
A kitchen whisk
A whisk is a kitchen utensil used to mix all different types of mixtures including sauces, batters, and even coconut milk and cream. Usually they have a metal handle and have several looped wires attached to the end, although there are several types of whisks available. The more wire loops that a whisk has, the more air can be pushed into a mixture.
The whisk basically works by creating a vacuum which then pushes air into the mixture, making it fluffier and lighter. For a long time, the whisk was only known in European kitchens. However in the 1960s, it was introduced into the US and a wide range of countries, cultures and kitchens.
This type of whisk has the largest area contained inside the metal wires. It’s used to push large amounts of air into a mixture. It’s the most commonly known and used type of whisk.
This type of whisk is used for mixing drinks, such as cocktails. It’s also known as a mini whisk or a drink whisk. It’s also an excellent tool for baristas as it can quickly and thoroughly blends in powders and sauces, plus it’s long handle allows easy use with taller cups.
This type of whisk is especially designed to mix heavy doughs. In cases where you need to mix dry & wet ingredients, the mixer helps make sure there are no lumps and that the dough has an even consistency.
After using one of these the dough should only require a small amount of kneading time.
This type of whisk is usually used in making drinks or anything in a cup or glass. The unique shape of the whisk makes it the best way to mix anything in a limited amount of space – you only need to move the whisk up and down instead of around.
A flat whisk is used for making anything in a shallow pan. It’s most often used for sauces and creams. It’s perfect for low sided bowls and saucepans to avoid messy spills and splatters.
This type of whisk is good for making sauces and anything that needs to either stay at or reach a specific temperature. The thermometer on the end gives you an accurate reading of what temperature the ingredients are at, as you mix them.
Double Balloon Whisk
This whisk, also known as a whisk with ball, is good for mixing hard to stir batters and lumpy ingredients. Examples include batters that have a lot of chunks in them such as carrot or fruit cake.
The ball whisk has no curved wires, making it good for mixing small amounts evenly and fast. The whisk is made of eleven surrounding ball weighted metal wires with one middle ball weighted wire.
This unique design whips faster than average whisks and can also reach into corners, unlike normal rounded whisks.
What’s your favourite kitchen whisk?
Have you ever had left over fresh or dry herbs? These tips will give you ideas on what to do with left over herbs. Save money with ease!
We all know how wonderful it is to have our own little herb garden. It’s fantastic for kids too and introduces us all to a range of tastes and smells that we may not otherwise get to enjoy.
If your green thumb is working overtime and you are enjoying a thriving fresh herb garden, you’re going to want to not only use, but keep your herbs for as long as possible without having them spoil. And when fresh herbs are out of season, the best news is that you can still enjoy them.
Luckily I found this fantastic tip from Fleurieu Gifts which gives you the ins and outs on what to do when you have too many herbs. Enjoy!
Do you have any more tips to share? How do you store your excess fresh herbs?