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Concept and theme
Most second-hand furniture is off-season but still useful and sturdy enough to last for the next few years. So, you might want to decide how your living room should look and how to mix and match the furniture you found in the thrift store. If you have a specific theme in mind, you might have to put aside extra cash to recreating the items according to your intended theme or concept. Some concept or theme you can explore includes:
1. Antique and vintage
Key to this concept is to go extra and beyond! Wooden furniture is a must and usually back then furniture was made of high quality wood such as teak wood that would last you for many years.
2. Minimal and modern
The total opposite of minimalist vintage furniture. A bit harder to find from the thrift shop but you can always use your imagination to turn an old furniture into something new.
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If you are into old-school looking furniture, maybe you do not need to invest much on restoring the items you just bought. But to make it last longer, a little bit of touch-ups might be needed though. Here are some tools that might be essential to make your furniture look better.
1. Wooden varnish
After going through years with its previous owners, the colours might have changed. If you want to maintain the wooden feeling of it, you can reapply varnish on the furniture. At least it would look like you bought a new set of furniture
2. Anti-termite Paint
When it is wood and preloved, you know there might be some guests that come together with your purchase. Well, you are not going to bring in new housemates, do you? Make sure you get yourself anti-termite paint that is available in the market to make sure your piece of furniture is still in good condition for at least the next few years.