This cute Silver Ash sofa table was designed by our client as a modern take on an old table they used to have.
Australia didn’t escape the frenzy around the KonMari method of tidying and organising popularised by Japanese organisation consultant Marie Kondo.
Mari Kondo’s Netflix series “Tidying Up” really resonated with a lot of people, inspiring the Australian masses to get organised. Australians are putting into action what they’ve read from her books, as E-Bay figures reveal a significant rise in the sales of home organisation items like small boxes and drawer organisers.
On the flip side, however, Australians’ efforts to purge belongings that no longer spark joy is causing bigger problems.
The stuff that no longer sparks joy for Australians is ending up in charity shops, or haphazardly piled up roadside for kerbside collection. Charity shops welcome quality unwanted items, but people should be aware that broken or damaged things deemed unsaleable by staff of these charity shops are costing charities millions of dollars to send to landfill.
Since the premier of Kondo’s new series, some Aussie charities have even stopped accepting donations because they are already at full capacity. And because donation bins across Australia are overflowing, people have resorted to leaving their discarded clutter outside donation bins, rendering these items as “contaminated” and therefore automatically bound for the landfill.
What should I do with my unwanted stuff?
This sudden love of de-cluttering can be a good thing. But you have to carefully consider where the items that you’re discarding will end up considering there is already a glut of second-hand stuff, such as clothes, shoes, home decors and even big-ticket items like furniture, out there.
Instead of throwing items away, make an effort to find a good home for them, or have them restored or recycled.
If you have clothes, shoes, bags, toys, furniture or décor that you don’t want anymore but are still in good condition, offer them up to people within your community. You can post it on your local buy, swap and sell page or Facebook Marketplace and sell or give away pre-loved items.
What to do with your discarded furniture
What if your furnishings no longer spark joy and you want to get rid of them and exchange with pieces that reflect your personal style and taste?
Repurpose upcycle or restore
At Renowned Furniture our motto is Repair Restore Re-Invent.
If you have an old piece of furniture that is no longer in use or you have been wanting to replace, you can repurpose or upcycle it into a new, creative and functional piece. For example, an antique bookcase can be transformed into a bar or an old, broken piano can be repurposed into a desk.
Upcycling inspiration can be found all around the internet, and often a client will give us a picture of something they’ve seen and get us to make the transformation. It can be as simple as refinishing an old dresser or table to a more elaborate undertaking like dismantling an old piece and rebuilding it into some new form to make it more functional.
In our latest post we show a pair of old rocker chairs that were given a modern update. The reinvented chairs certainly sparked joy for our client!
Why not restore your old furniture to its former glory? You may be seeing a table with broken legs, or a chair with an ugly upholstery, but our professional restorers see that something could still be done to make old furniture usable and beautiful once again. You are not only saving it from the landfill, you are also breathing new life into a forgotten item.
If you are not confident about your restoration skills or you don’t have the time to dedicate to the project, contact a local furniture restoration company like Renowned Furniture for a consult.
In the Brisbane area, you can call on Renowned Furniture for high quality furniture repair, restoration and alteration services. We have been servicing the Brisbane area for four decades. We guarantee furniture restoration services delivered with the highest standard and at affordable rates.
If you really cannot find a way to give an old piece new life then the best option is to contact a junk removal company to pick up your old, heavy and bulky furniture. They will haul away your furniture for a fee.
Though these junk removal companies are for-profit, many recycle and donate items whenever possible. And if you don’t want to pay then find thrift shops that accept gently used furniture. The Salvation Army Australia and Savers Australia are just some of the organisations that accept usable donations. They will make sure to give your furniture another lease in life and donate to people who need them.
Claire contacted Renowned some months ago and had a beautiful cedar chest of drawers fully restored. She was so impressed with the quality and the price that she decided to have an old pine chest of drawers restored for her son. It was a little thank you to her son for all the wonderful things he does for her (running errands, mowing the lawn etc.) Nice job, Claire!
Below is a before shot of the old pine chest of drawers.
Notice that even the massive chip out of the bottom drawer has disappeared! But Claire’s chest of drawers still need a little more work, so watch out for this space for the finished product!
Update: November 4, 2015
Kerryn’s silky oak hallstand is now complete and ready for delivery!
Here’s the unit from another angle.
Update: November 2, 2015
Remember the hall stand that Kerryn inherited from her grandma? We told her that one of the guys figured it would be better to get straight into it to save on storage room!! This is only just a start so still heaps to go but you can already see the raw silky oak looking lovely. Will keep you posted, it’s going to be put aside for a bit now. Watch this space!
October 26, 2015
Kerryn was recommended to us by another happy customer and she’s come to us with a treasured possession she inherited from her grandmother. Solid silky oak, bevelled mirror, copper coated cloak hooks and steel umbrella trays. WTS!
The nicest part of this story is that Kerryn is between 20 & 30 years of age so, watch out for rising prices of old furniture over the next few years because we’re seeing more and more gen-y/gen-X folk finally realising the real value of these pieces and restoring them their way. Sometimes it’s a classic chair with a contemporary upholstery or a flash of colour but the ‘bones’ are 100 years old. I love it.
We will be updating you on the progress of this beautiful old furniture, so watch out!
Update: November 20. 2015
Here’s Jess’s armchair now complete and ready for delivery!
October 23, 2015
This arm chair was handed down by mum & dad. Jess has her grandmother’s name and now her beautiful old armchair as a keepsake.
Watch this space. Jess chose the fabric, it’s getting new webbing, new springs, new foam & a fresh covering.
Update: January 6, 2016
Trent could not believe his eyes when we completed delivery and setup of his nearly 4 mt long table with copper pedestal base.
The piece also features a Japan black polished Wenge timber top that is 60 mm thick. It took four of our guys to lift each section into place.
October 21, 2015
Trent’s designer table still wrapped in plastic but ready for polishing… WTS!