Sometimes all it takes to add new life to a tired space is to repurpose your current furniture collection. Not only will you save money, but doing this will also allow you to add some personal flair to your space. Here are a few new uses for old furniture.
1. Turn an old dresser drawer into an ottoman
Have a set of dresser drawers that you’re planning to send to the junkyard? Save a drawer or two and turn them into a stylish new ottoman for your living room. Simply cover the top of the drawer with plyboard. Measure a piece of foam to fit the top of the drawer and glue to the plyboard. Cover the foam-cover plyboard with fabric of your choice and then glue cover to the edges of the drawer. Attach old table legs to the bottom to add a unique vintage look.
2. Turn an old sewing machine into a table
Remove the sewing machine from its base. Cut two reclaimed oak boards and glue them together. Let the them dry overnight. Attach the boards to the base with four screws around the edges, sand them down and stain the top with one coat of stain.
3. Turn vintage suitcases into a nightstand
4. Turn old ladders into bookshelves
5. Turn an armoire into a kitchen pantry
6. Turn an old headboard into a coat rack
Add some hooks to an old headboard to create an one-of-a-kind coat rack. Sand and paint the headboard with a color of your choice. Add some chalkboard paint to create a personalized look.
7. Turn a 1950s stereo into a bar
Transform your grandparents’ retro stereo cabinet into a sophisticated mini bar. Don Draper would definitely approve.
8. Turn an old filing cabinet into a rolling kitchen cart
Transform a boring old filing cabinet into a portable butcher block. Simply attach a wooden chopping board to the top of the cabinet and attach a steel towel rack to the side of the filing cabinet to add some more functionality to your kitchen.
9. Turn three chairs into a bench
Attach three chairs together and remove the cushions. Attach three pine 1x4 wood boards to the bottom of the seat-less chairs. Paint the boards an accent color to add some personality to your completed bench.