12 smart ways to repurpose your furniture
They say that ‘one man’s trash is another’s treasure’ and that’s true, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take your own trash and turn it into treasure once again. By repurposing your old furniture, you can add great charm to your home decor. Not only that, but being able to repurpose furniture is actually a lot of fun. From cabinets to sideboards to old doors and countertops, anything can be reused. All you need is a little creativity. So next time you’re ready to throw away that old side table you’ve clung to for years, check out these 12 clever ways to repurpose your furniture before you do. You might get a little inspiration.
1. Use an old door as a headboard
If you have an old wooden door lying around, why not try repurposing it as a headboard for your bed? By sanding down the rough edges, your bed will have an added rustic touch. Also, it is very easy to do. All you need is a sander (or just sandpaper) and some putty.
2. A shelf can become a bar
Have no idea what to do with that old antique bookshelf? The answer is simple: make a bar! By using the shelves to store glasses, spirits, martini shakers, and maybe a couple of books, you’ll have a high-class bar in your study, basement, or living room. Complete the look by adding cup holders and cup holders.
3. Turn a window into a closet door
If you have an intact window with lots of character but too old to use, try making a closet door out of it. You can make a cabinet or find one without a door. Either way, attach a handle and hinge to the window, attach it to the cabinet, and you’re done. Simple and easy.
4. A dresser on a bench
Do you have an old dresser that you can’t find any use for? Just turn it into a bank. A little bit of cutting, sawing, and bolting and you’ll have a good seat for one or two. If you seal it and paint it with outdoor products, you can even place it outside.
5. A buffet furniture turns into a coffee station.
Converting a buffet cabinet into a coffee station is the easiest thing to do. All you have to do is remove the top of the cabinet and replace it with a kitchen countertop. This will look great in the kitchen as a coffee station. Put your mugs, coffee pot, cream, and sugar in here for a high-class look.
6. Turn a chair into a nightstand
Have a chair that you love but it doesn’t match your other chairs? Turn it into a nightstand or (if it’s big enough) a table. All you have to do is take off the backrest and just use the seat.
7. Turn old end tables into stools
A nightstand or side table can easily be turned into a stool simply by adding a cushion to the top. This is particularly useful if you have a lot of end tables for some reason.
8. An easel becomes a TV stand.
A large, sturdy artist easel can easily become a TV stand if it is strong enough. Also, it adds an interesting dimension to your living room and is a great conversation piece. Simply place the TV on the bottom shelf and lower the top one as if you were supporting a canvas.
9. Turn a secretary into a linen closet
Secretary desks, especially those with a high sideboard, can be repainted and placed in the bathroom or hallway as a linen closet. Best of all, you hardly have to worry.
10. A chest turns into a coffee table.
If you have a sturdy wooden chest or chest that is the right height, you can easily turn it into a coffee table. Just use a sealant on top or attach a glass panel. If you are very handy with tools, you can make the top open like a garage door.
11. Turn a sideboard into a bathroom vanity
If you have a sideboard that you want to get rid of, don’t. A sideboard can be a great bathroom vanity. All you need to do is poke a hole in the top for the sink and make sure there is enough room for the pipes. Add a mirror to the wall above it and you are good to go.
12. Turn a headboard into a coat rack
Don’t have a place to hang your coat? Do you have an old headboard that you no longer use? Then turn that headboard into a coat rack by screwing hooks into the face and hanging everything on the wall. Instant success.