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June
21

Start Upcycling Furniture With These Tips

Upcycle St. Louis

If you enjoy browsing vintage furniture and tend to see it for its potential, you might enjoy upcycling furniture. Upcycled furniture can be funky, trendy, or even classy with the right touch, and that one special piece might be great for starting a conversation with your guests or perfect when staging your home for sale, according to our real estate agents. Here are a few tips for giving tired outdated furniture new life.

  1. Look for Good Bones
    When you're on the hunt for vintage furniture to upcycle, try to see past the current finish (or lack thereof), and instead look at the bones of each piece. You'll want furniture that is sturdy and made of real wood so that it'll stand up to the demands of a makeover and a new life. Look also for interesting features such as mid-century modern styling or interesting curves and carvings that painting and distressing would highlight.

  2. Find a New Purpose for Old Things
    Part of the fun of upcycling furniture is thinking outside of the box. There are a lot of old pieces that don't necessarily have a purpose anymore, but you can make a trendy new purpose with a little creative thinking. For example, vintage crates can be stacked to use as bookshelves, a cozy little vintage dining table would make a great desk, and that vintage radio or record player could find new life retrofitted as a wine rack or liquor cabinet.

  3. Update the Look with a Little Paint
    Typically vintage furniture is cast-off not because it no longer functions, but because the finish has become scratched and worn. Purists will repair or refinish a valuable piece, but you can give the more mundane pieces exciting new life with a little color. Perhaps the piece is perfect for your current look but needs a facelift with a new coat of paint. For something a little more interesting, you can opt for shabby chic with a distressed look, or aim for more urban with stenciled accents.

  4. Stick to the Style
    While mixing and matching can be cool and trendy, you won't do the furniture any favors if you don't work with what you've got. Different pieces have different looks, and your upcycling will be the most successful if you stay true to the style. Furniture with straighter lines, such as mid-century modern, will look better with clean paint or geometric stenciling, for example. Furniture with graceful lines, carved details, or even simple country style will pair well with distressed finishes.

Upcycling furniture can be very rewarding, and you may find that your thrift store score ends up being one of your favorite pieces after a little (or a lot of) TLC. Just remember, if you'll be using the piece to stage your home for sale, that buyers tend to react more favorably to a neutral decor when browsing St. Louis homes for sale. For more information about how to stage a home for success on the sales market, contact us today.

June
7

Fun Summer Learning Opportunities Near St. Louis

St Louis Summer

Summer might mean a break from school, but it doesn't mean learning has to stop. Our real estate agents share some great events and activities around St. Louis where your kids can keep the fun and the learning going all summer long.

  1. Camp Gator - Krekel Civic Center, 305 Civic Park Dr., O'Fallon, MO 63366
    While kids would probably love it if there were an actual alligator in attendance, that's about the only thing they won't find at Camp Gator. The one-week sessions for elementary- and middle-schoolers, which run through August 13, are chock-full of activities such as crafts, games, cooking, and swimming. Hours are 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., with before- and after-care available. Fees per child are $125 for residents near O'Fallon homes for sale and $139 for non-residents.

  2. Camp Kennedy - Kennedy Recreational Complex, 6050 Wells Ave., St. Louis, MO 63128
    Baseball and swimming are summer traditions around St. Louis homes for sale. Kids can enjoy both at Camp Kennedy, held at the impressive recreational complex of the same name. Nature programs maximize time spent outdoors as kids learn more about the world in which they live. A special event cookout, another warm-weather favorite, is the highlight of the week. One-week sessions for kids ages 5-12 are scheduled through August 6. Price is $80 per child, with Sunrise/Late Day Club memberships available for an additional fee. Hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., and everyone is asked to bring a non-perishable lunch, snack, and beverage each day.

  3. Play-Well TEKnologies Summer Camp - The Pavilion at Lemay, 305 Gregg Rd., St. Louis, MO 63125
    When you're a kid, there's nothing better than LEGO®, unless you combine it with Pokémon. Play-Well TEKnologies Summer Camp provides tens of thousands of LEGO® parts that kids can use to design and build Poké balls and other game-related objects. Your kids will have so much fun that they won't even realize they're learning useful engineering concepts. The camp, geared toward kids ages 5-9, is scheduled for July 12 through July 16 from 9 a.m. - noon. The fee per camper is $165.

  4. Abra-Kid-Abra Summer Camp - 803 Lafayette Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119
    What kid isn't spellbound watching a magician make objects disappear and reappear? They'll be ready to take center stage themselves after Abra-Kid-Abra Summer Camp. Week-long camps, taking place through August 6, feature different themes such as Math-E-Magic, where the tricks revolve around the power of numbers. At the end of the week, campers show off their new skills at a show for parents. Camps are also held at The Pavilion at Lemay and St. Louis Community College-Meramec, with all locations just minutes from Webster Groves homes for sale. Visit Abra-Kid-Abra's website for schedule and prices.

  5. COCA Summer Arts Camp - Center of Creative Arts, 6880 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63130
    When kids can express themselves creatively, it boosts their confidence and self-esteem. COCA Summer Arts Camp offers an incredible variety of week-long programs through August 20. Campers from ages 3-18 can explore interests including singing, dancing, painting, filmmaking, fashion design, and just about any artistic pursuit that captures their imagination. Visit the website for a full listing of camp themes and prices.

  6. Four Rivers YMCA Summer Day Camp - 400 Grand Ave., Washington, MO 63090
    No matter what your kids are interested in they are sure to enjoy the Summer Day Camp offered by the Gateway Region YMCA. Activities range from arts and crafts, nature activities, swimming, and more. Plus, each week has its own special theme and the convenient location is close to many Washington homes for sale. Learn more about registering for this day camp on the Gateway Region YMCA website.

Planning a summer change of address around St. Louis? Whether you're buying or selling a home, contact us at Coldwell Banker Premier Group and let us handle the tough stuff. 

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