If your old furniture is now unsightly, you may be eager to replace it. But why not repurpose it instead? With a couple of cheap materials, creativity, and elbow grease, you can convert ugly or dated furniture into refreshed, modified furniture you’ll appreciate. There are countless straightforward procedures to give practically any item of furniture in your house a full makeover! The following are some of our best options for repurposing and updating old furniture.
Dress(er) it Up
That dusty outdated dresser may not be your favorite piece of furniture in the bedroom. So why not repurpose it as a credenza or TV stand instead? Discard all of the drawers, sand, and repaint – inside and out. Use whatever paint color you prefer – don’t be reluctant to go bold with a crisp white, cheerful red, or deep blue. You could remove the lower drawers and substitute them with lovely baskets to produce a gorgeous accent table. Otherwise, remove all the drawers to build a TV stand with open storage.
Add Life to a Tired Table
Coffee tables, side tables, and kitchen tables can all start to look beat-up and dingy after a while. But tables are one of the easiest pieces of furniture to makeover. One of the easiest ways to give your old table a new lease of life is to paint it a fresh new color. But if painting alone isn’t what you had in mind, why not turn that unpleasant table into an upholstered bench or settee? You could quickly produce more seating from a coffee table or side table with fabric and cotton fill. Just keep in mind to choose one that is solid wood. Why not add a new surface on top of the old one for kitchen tables? Some pretty stenciling, some contact paper, or a glass top could all give new life and beauty to a tired old table.
Besides your table, your dining chairs might profit from a makeover, as well. If you have first-class wood chairs, you can easily sand and repaint them any color you desire for an entirely new appearance. And don’t bother about matching the table exactly; a table and chairs in contrasting or complementary colors can be a pleasant addition to any kitchen or dining room.
A New Twist on Shelving
Remember those drawers you detached from your dresser makeover? Why not repurpose them into hanging shelves for a charming, rustic look? Dresser drawers can be lined with beautiful contact paper, then hung against a wall and filled with your favorite knickknacks. If your drawers have antique hardware attached, much better! Try hanging several drawers together with the hardware that extends in several directions.
Reface and Replace
For cabinets of all kinds, another approach to improve a tired style is to add new doors. Removing the doors on a cabinet is pretty simple. At that time, sand and repaint the entire piece. You can acquire doors pre-made from numerous hardware stores or add new details to the old ones. Another innovative method would be to replace part of the cabinet door with glass. There are several imaginative options – what you do with that cabinet is really up to you!
Upgraded Garden Seating
Just make sure that your outside furniture should have a makeover, too! If you’ve got good quality patio furniture that’s just ugly, all you need to do is sand and paint the pieces and then add new cushions. That quickly, your patio set will look brand new! As an alternative, turn an old headboard into a charming garden bench! You may no longer want to use that old bed, but if you take the headboard, add a seating box, and then paint the entire thing in your favorite color, you’ve made a pretty new place to rest and enjoy the outdoors.
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