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Looking for DIY home improvement projects to spruce up your space? Well, you’re in luck. We tapped some of the top DIY home improvement experts across North America, from Toronto, ON to Atlanta, GA, and asked them to share some of their favorite projects and renovations. From quick fixes such as adding greenery or switching up the lighting, to slightly bigger tasks, such as painting a dresser or creating a statement wall, there are plenty of easy ways to refresh your home.
So whether you’re trying to sell your house or simply want to upgrade your space, these easy home improvement ideas can help you get started!
1. Paint wood cabinets with chalk paint. The most budget-friendly way to update a kitchen or bathroom and refresh your home is to paint the cabinets with chalk paint. It is super easy to do and makes a huge impact on a high traffic space for very little money. – Bricks ‘n Blooms
2. Change the light fixtures. Switching out the lights can make a big impact without breaking the bank and devoting a lot of time. There’s a multitude of beautiful, inexpensive lighting options out there to choose from. And swapping out a fixture takes only a couple of hours, max. – Two Twenty One
3. Refresh your pantry with shallow shelving. For an easy pantry makeover, use shallow shelving installed from the floor to the ceiling (so long as it’s not beyond reach) instead of the standard 12-18” deep shelves in a pantry. This will prevent pantry items from being hidden and forgotten behind other items. Make the shelves adjustable for even more customization and organization. – Reinvented Delaware
4. Add character to a room with built-in bookshelves. Our favorite home improvement project to refresh a space or room is a DIY built-in bookcase filled with colorful books & accessories. The double-sided built-in bookshelf with a hidden bookcase door we built transformed our space. – Hello Small World
5. Spice up a room with a luxurious stenciled wall design. Modern stencils are easier to use than ever and can produce a finish that rivals even the most expensive wallpapers. For a more subtle update, try the same paint in two different sheens to give a sophisticated layered look. – The Copper Elm
6. Beautify your laundry room. I use my laundry room every day, and while it may not be a show stopper like kitchen or bathroom changes can be, I am happy when I look in here and it makes it less frustrating to laundry all the time. Making the space cheerful and having it work for me at the same time was the real win. – Jessica Rayome
7. Work with what you have to refresh your home. Outdated cabinets? Give them a fresh coat of paint and add new hardware for an updated look. Ugly linoleum or tile floors? Use paint to create a stencil pattern and add more years of life. Stained Formica countertops? Purchase an epoxy countertop kit and give them a marble or granite look for a fraction of the cost of replacing. – This Full Life 5
8. Update a room with your favorite art pieces. For each room in your new home, pick one favorite framed piece of art and hang complimentary pieces according to how you want that room to feel. Experiment with asymmetrical hanging designs to create a more dynamic and interesting look and feel to your space. Also, consider restoring treasured works of art and updating framing for preservation. – Trefler’s
9. Transform a room with simple wall molding and paint. You can elevate your space by installing a unique wall treatment, like board and batten, shiplap, or wainscotting. Then, pull it all together with a fresh coat of paint to modernize it with a color that fits the color palette for your home. – Sarah Symonds, Grace In My Space
10. Paint a piece of furniture. Painting furniture is a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to change up the look of your space and refresh your home. – Three Coats of Charm
11. Update your laminate cabinets to refresh your home. Creating a home you love doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With a can of spray paint and some shelf brackets, this homeowner turned a builder-grade laminate cabinet into a beautiful coastal farmhouse-style cabinet. – K’s Olympic Nest
12. Personalize your home office. With the shift to working from home, my tip is to personalize the home office in a fun, easy, and affordable way. For example, you can update an old filing cabinet to suit your style by painting it and adding a set of cool legs. – BB Frösch
13. Add a touch of greenery to transform any room. Tall, willowy trees fit empty corners perfectly, while potted plants in between pieces bring softness to the hard angles of a room. To warm up the cold feel of glass and metal, use a small topiary or bonsai plant to add organic lines to an often rigid, contemporary style. It’s time to bring your room to life, one sprig of rich greenery at a time. – Furniture of America
14. Create stylish organization through built-in storage. Building a closet organization system with drawers and shelving will make the closet look clutter-free and well organized. Adding window seats with storage, either drawers or cubbies with stylish storage bins can help remove clutter in bedrooms, dining rooms, or living rooms. In addition, there are many tutorials available online for how to create DIY built-in storage systems to fit your needs. – Pinspired to DIY
15. Refresh hallway doors on a budget. Many older homes have core hollow doors which can be expensive to replace. Instead of purchasing all new doors, you can use picture frame molding, a miter box (or miter saw), and liquid nails to create the look of a paneled door. Add a fresh coat of paint and you have “new” doors for under $20. – Grace and Maura
16. Think outside the box when it comes to painting. When you’re looking to refresh your home, don’t just paint a wall one color – instead color block or stencil it. Also, don’t just paint walls – instead paint fixtures, counters, or even your fireplace with spray paint or regular paint. There are so many wonderful paint products out there that will help you level up your room’s vibe and style in a cost-effective way. – My Homier Home
17. Rethink your outdoor space. Outdoor space is often an untapped resource in a home. With pea gravel as a base, we transformed a weedy, muddy spot next to our back patio into an awesome hangout. If your home is feeling tight, think beyond its walls and look to the great outdoors. – Modern Chemistry at Home
18. Create a statement wall. A statement wall can instantly update or change the entire vibe of a room, and a bonus is that It’s an easy, inexpensive DIY that you can complete in a weekend using paint, wallpaper, wood, or even leftover shims. – A Life Unfolding
19. Make affordable, but impactful updates in your kitchen. I recently redid our kitchen for under $1000 and it made the space feel brand new. The cabinets were brown, laminate countertops, white appliances, and an electric range with an old sink. We switched out the sink and the range to electric, painted the cabinets, and then did a DIY faux marble finish on the countertops. It completely changed the space to make it look brand new on a budget. – A Yellow Peach
20. Change out your wall decor to refresh your home. Fiber-based art is great for softening a space and metal pieces can lend to an industrial feel. Even if you are simply shifting your favorite pieces into different rooms, switching up your decor can make a space feel new. – Danielle Kaminski
21. Switch out builder-grade wire shelving in a linen closet. Nobody likes the look of the wire shelving that comes standard in most houses. So, we built wooden covers to fit over the existing shelves that look like real wood floating shelves. This doesn’t add much weight to the shelves, makes them look better and more functional with the flat surface, and was inexpensive because we used plywood. – Newbuild Newlyweds
As the days grow noticeably shorter (and colder) in New England, gathering around a crackling fire becomes a much-welcomed way to spend an afternoon with a book or an evening with loved ones.
We’ve shared the following interiors that inspire true fireplace envy, as well as important tips from our experts on ensuring your fireplace experience is a safe one, for both you and your belongings.
1. Be mindful of what you’re burning: not all woods are created equal. Burning pine wood emits resins which can cling to the lining of your chimney or porous surfaces, such as un-glazed porcelain or ceramics. Resins can also be harmful to the indoor air quality for you, your family and your pets.
2. Structural Safety: old fireplaces are indeed beautiful and often historically charming, yet carry structural risks that come with age. If you have an older home, it is always a good idea to enlist the help of an expert to inspect the structural integrity of your chimney. Cracks in the mortar can leech smoke into walls, and loose bricks can come loose or collapse inwards.
3. Preventative measures: Always use a fireplace screen. Risks of indoor fires, even flames from burning candles aren’t to be taken lightly. At Trefler’s, we’ve seen first-hand the potential damage that fire can cause. We encourage you to always use appropriate protective screens to ensure that no sparks fly where they aren’t intended. We also urge our clients to be mindful of placing rugs, or flammable objects close to any open flame.
4. Protect what you showcase on your mantel: The mantel is, of course, a visually wonderful focal point to showcase antiques, decorative arts and framed family photos. If you will be enjoying fires this autumn and winter season, we encourage you to be mindful of their proximity to smoke emitted from fireplaces. Prolonged exposure can cause damage and soil paintings, porcelain and even metals. Be sure to properly frame photographs and paintings to prevent soot from accumulating on their surface. If you do have a painting hanging above a mantel without any protective glass on it, smoke exposure can darken surface varnish. Our experts can determine if an affected painting is in need of merely cleaning or restoration services, including re-varnishing. Examine it carefully in the light to see if lighter colors have darkened over time or yellowed. This could be a sign that soot has left its mark.
Plinths are of course not novel in exhibiting decorative arts; museums, galleries and stately spaces have long used these as platforms for displaying busts, antiques and sculptures.
However, in recent months, more and more plinths are cropping up everywhere: from the homes of designers and creatives, to interior staging for mainstream retailers such as CB2 and Restoration Hardware.
Why has the plinth in the domestic setting, become ubiquitous of late?
Perhaps it is a minimalist answer to showcasing the on-trend sculptures and studio ceramics that are making an appearance in so many aesthetes’ homes?
Or perhaps we are all just missing gallery and museum visits during Covid-19 lockdown? Whatever the case, the plinth is, after all, an unimposing way to get your decorative arts, even floral arrangements, front and center.
Below we’ve shared some inspiring interiors that use plinths at home.
If you are looking for a display solution for your home, get in touch with a member of our team at email@example.com and learn more about our custom fabrication of plinths and display cases.
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At Trefler’s, an appreciation for antiques is a given. Our primary passion lies in preserving and restoring items for our clients because we believe deeply in the value that living with antiques provides us. Whether stylistically ornate; such as an intricately constructed Venetian mirror, or more minimal, such as a Danish Mid-century Cabinet, these pieces will often always demonstrate an incredible level of craftsmanship and a quality of material that has enabled them to survive over time.
On a more emotional level, antiques offer each of us a connection to our collective past. Regardless if an heirloom had belonged to a great grandmother, or was merely purchased at an estate sale, this small reminder of passing objects down from generation to generation evokes a sense of connection that we can all appreciate.
In a recent conversation with local interior designer, Matthew Adams, this very subject of living with antiques naturally arose. Matthew, who recently launched his own firm MAD & Home, worked for over seven years under esteemed, local interior designer (and fellow champion of antiques), Charles Spada. Matthew, similarly, is a firm believer in the warmth that is achieved by sourcing furniture eclectically.
He described a particular situation in which clients had first attempted to furnish their new home seeking the help of a large, upmarket retailer. He remarked that after seeing plans drawn out by the retailer’s in-house designer, they were quickly dismayed by the prospect of their personal space being transformed into what resembled more of a showroom than a home.
And while this sense of warmth and history is just one benefit of using antiques and vintage furniture, there are undoubtedly others to consider; such as a lighter carbon footprint when compared with newly manufactured items, and often a far higher level of quality and craftsmanship accessible at a much lower price point.
To investigate this theme further, we’ve shared the following personal homes of notable interior designers, proving that living with antiques can take so many different forms (and styles) while always creating a sense of place.
Images Courtesy of 1st Dibs
In this difficult moment, as you are probably doing a lot of home cooking right now (or if not that then eating takeout), setting your table for the occasion can make a big difference in elevating both your meal and your mood, regardless of how informal this might be.
We are honored at Trefler’s to restore and conserve your family heirlooms, and our expert conservators take pride in repairing everything from serving pieces to porcelain to silverware. We feel strongly that these cherished items play a role at your family dining table throughout the year, not just on special occasions. Below are a few tips and reminders of how to utilize these pieces to create an inviting, everyday table-scape at home—one to rival any white-tablecloth restaurant.
Using family heirlooms at the dinner (or even breakfast) table is a wonderful way to carry on the tradition of breaking bread together. Whether it is a terrine passed down from your grandmother or a tea kettle that belonged to your great aunt, using these objects honors your ancestors and links previous generations to future ones. These pieces can even inspire you to re-create a particular recipe of someone dear, whether that be a blueberry tart baked in a particular dish or just your daily afternoon cup of tea served with a porcelain creamer.
All too often at mealtime we reach for paper towels and napkins, but using linen or fabric napkins is a far more pleasing and sustainable option. As well, using linen or fabric napkins adds visual and textural warmth to a table setting that will feel good to the touch. Switching out patterns and colors can evoke a different aesthetic each time, bringing a very welcomed sense of variation to our home environments in this difficult moment.
If you are ordering takeout, ditch the to-go box, and dress up your meal by transferring it to proper dishes. You’ll feel proud of yourself for making the extra effort, and it will absolutely taste better without the residual Styrofoam, plastic, or cardboard taste.
Whether you are having a cocktail, a glass of wine, or just plain water, using your crystal and glassware otherwise reserved for formal occasions adds a little extra to the evening table and may even encourage you to stay hydrated. Worried about chipping crystal or glass? Rest assured, glass grinding on nicked rims is an easy solution—one that we perform frequently for our clients at Trefler’s.
Create a visual feast, quite literally, by serving your dinner family style and enjoy getting to put heirloom serving pieces to good use. Not only does this encourage second helpings without a second trip to the kitchen, but also it offers terrines and platters a chance to shine.
At Trefler’s, we are always pleased to repair and polish heirloom candlesticks. Including these with your table setting adds such a welcomed sense of warmth to an evening. That said, we also see quite a lot of fire damage and wax-removal, so we always encourage safe use of candles in the home—that means never leaving them unattended.
We are big fans of the placemat at Trefler’s—and you can probably guess the reason why… Not only do they add an extra element of ornament and warmth to the table (marble and stone tabletops especially), but also they act as a protective barrier to keep your dining and kitchen surfaces safe from spills and scratches.
written by Nikki Stracka
Whether you want to showcase a one-of-a-kind piece of art, a unique museum object, a family heirloom, or any other special item, it’s important that the display case is created with care and detail in mind. Unfortunately, many art storage and display cases contain chemicals that can cause corrosion or general deterioration. They are not designed to enhance the object being displayed and in many cases, intrude. If you are looking for a customizable art object display case, here are some examples for you to draw inspiration from.
The following four display cases emphasize the object and overall design without being intrusive. A lot of care and detail went into creating these antique art display cases in order to highlight each precious object.
Instead of purchasing new furniture, you can often upcycle old pieces, especially when reupholstering furniture that features a solid wooden frame. Please note: Although you will pay more to work with a professional, in many cases, this can save you money in the long-run. This is especially true if you have little experience and waste a significant amount of fabric.
Terracotta is essentially “baked earth” made from clay-based ceramic. This beautiful statue of a horse’s head has been mounted on a beveled maple dias. The custom art display showcases the head itself, complementing its unique shape. The free-standing design highlights the piece of work, allowing for a more thoughtful viewing experience. In this case, repairs were also made in order to fix the ear, seal cracks, and touch up the work itself.
The Etruscans are known for their bronze goods. Once again, this bronze bracelet is displayed in a case that was to specifically showcase this unique of work. The clear acrylic mount allows the bracelet to be the main feature and the removable top makes the piece more accessible. Standing on an ebonized walnut base, the bracelet itself pops while remaining protected.
Known for their bronze figurines, the Etruscans would offer such pieces at sanctuaries and other sacred sites. The display for this figurine ensures that the piece itself remains the main focal point. However, the walnut base itself also compliments the piece, offering a stunning way to preserve the object. Best of all, no drilling or adhesives were used to place this piece, preserving the figurine for many years to come.
Since 1921, the Trefler family has offered a wide range of art and antique restoration, fine art, framing, and upholstery, and photography services. In regards to display cases, we offer completely customizable art object display cases — which may be made out of cherry, mahogany, walnut, oak, or maple. Custom colors, finishes, and LED lighting are also available. Experienced with various materials, including metal, porcelain, and glass, we can restore items before creating the perfect antique art display case based on the individual item’s characteristics and features. Offering fully customizable art object display cases that are available for both pick-up and delivery, we will help you preserve and showcase your most prized possessions and items. Looking to restore an art item or order a custom art display case that is as unique as the piece you’d like to showcase? If so, please contact us today!
For many homeowners, antique lamps are a treasured part of home decor. They bring a distinct style and personality to living areas. They are antiques that have been passed down from earlier generations, requiring care and careful maintenance. We know that if a customer wants a lamp restored, that lamp either costs a lot of money, or has some sentimental value attached to it. Here at Trefler’s, we have the knowledge and the professionalism to keep these precious pieces working well, so their beauty is magnificently preserved.
When you care about your antique chandeliers or lamps, it’s difficult to trust a service to complete a proper restoration. Some may even attempt to do repairs on their own in order to manage the process and save money. But in many cases, DIY lamp or chandelier restoration leads to more issues. Because most lamps use electricity, doing a rewiring on your own may actually be a dangerous feat. That’s why it’s good to get a professional lamp restorer’s help when dealing with restoration items. Trefler’s, which is located in Massachusetts, has the expertise to handle the delicate work of fixing and restoring antique lamps to its peak state.
Because of the variety of styles and functionality, there are many things that could go wrong with antique lamps. As they age, they naturally tend to lose some of their exterior luster and shine. Components like the wires, sockets, arms and delicate parts will wear. Here’s a short list of the kind of work that we here at Trefler’s can complete on any lamps you may have.
Many families might choose to recycle or give away old or broken light fixtures. But lamp repair and restoration is a better option, especially when you consider the replacement value of an antique lamp. It can be easier than you think to hold on to those treasured items instead of replacing them.
Full-Service Lamp and Chandelier Repairs Trefler’s is a full-service art, furniture, lamp and chandelier restoration service. We take our antique lamp restoration projects seriously enough to be empathetic and efficient with our services. Our staff are knowledgeable individuals who fix, clean, restore and update lamps of all kinds.
In addition to working on antique pieces, we also fix modern light fixtures as well. Regardless of the style or age of the lamp, we approach it with the same measure of care and attention that’s invaluable to our customers.
Why Hire Us? Who we are? Why trust us? Owned and operated by the Trefler family for almost 100 years, we’ve mixed traditional practices with modern technological repair and restoration practices. Founded in 1921, our founder Abraham Trefler, started this service in Germany. Abraham’s son continued the family business by expanding to a new location on Beacon Street in 1950.
As a valued member of the Boston business community, Trefler’s has long stood for quality and dedication for service. Trefler’s is one of the oldest and largest restoration companies in America. We handle any residential or corporate restoration project, big or small. Your desire to preserve the precious things in your life is our top priority.
To learn more about our antique lamp, old lighting, and chandelier repair and restoration services, feel free to contact us today.