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Revamp Your Apartment With Beautiful Upcycled Decor


Whether you're tweaking the look of a single room or revamping your whole apartment, upcycled decor and furnishings make great statement pieces and conversation starters. CitiWide Self Storage has some quick and easy ideas for turning some of those long-lost pieces in your storage unit into eye-catchers in your home.

Chalk Paint, the Easiest Option

The easiest and quickest way to upcycle anything is with a slapdash of paint. Sanding and priming is a thing of the past thanks to the invention of chalk paint. Choose your favorite old dresser, frame, coffee table, or even a lamp shade from your storage unit and get to work. Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint adheres so well that you’ll need only sandpaper to rub out any imperfections in your piece. The colors and techniques Sloan features are so impressive, you’ll want to paint everything in your unit just so you can try them all. Here's an older dresser updated with Annie Sloan Greek Blue and Barcelona Orange colors using a variety of techniques. It’s ready to find a home in your bedroom as a dresser, in your dining room as an eye-catching buffet, or in your living room as a stand for your TV.

Old Books. So Many Options.

Who knew your grandparents’ Reader’s Digest volumes or World Book Encyclopedias could be so versatile and useful outside of their original use? Shelves, journals, and table lamps are just a few suggestions for those dust-covered books in your storage unit. Titles that bring back nostalgic memories make the perfect conversation starter because they show off your personal story.

Granny’s Vintage Dishware

Sugar and creamer sets. Candy dishes. Footed bowls. Tea cups. You might still have some of these handed down from Granny boxed up in your CitiWide Self Storage unit. Chances are, however, you’re not laying out her best china pattern or serving dip in her Depression era glass bowl to get ready for Friday’s game night. But don’t count out the potential these vintage pieces still hold. Tea cups can be transformed into succulent planters. Plates of different sizes can easily become a dessert or jewelry tray. On the flip side, upcycled doesn’t have to require a lot of work. It can mean taking an item designed for one use and finding an alternative way to use it. Those gorgeous sugar and creamer sets from the 1930s or Fostoria footed candy dishes can be used in the bathroom to hold soap, tea candles, or Q-tips. There’s no reason to buy new when you can fancy things up a bit with items you already own!

For new ideas on how CitiWide can help you with your storing needs, check out our CitiWide Self Storage blog.

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