If your old furniture has become unappealing, you might be eager to replace it. But why not repurpose it instead? You can convert ugly or dated furniture into restored, modern pieces you’ll love with some simple materials, creativity, and elbow grease. There are countless easy steps for giving practically any piece of furniture in your house a total makeover! Here are a couple of creative solutions for repurposing and updating old furniture.
Dress(er) it Up
That tired old dresser may not be your favorite piece of furniture in the bedroom. As an alternative, why not repurpose it as a credenza or TV stand? Take out all of the drawers, sand, and repaint – inside and out. Select any paint color you like – don’t be reluctant to go bold with a crisp white, cheerful red, or deep blue. You could remove the lower drawers and install them with attractive baskets to make a beautiful accent table. If not, remove all the drawers to make a TV stand with open storage.
Add Life to a Tired Table
Coffee tables, side tables, and kitchen tables may all tend to appear beat-up and dirty afterward. However, tables are likely the easiest pieces of furniture to makeover. Perhaps the simplest way to give your old table a new lease of life is to paint it a fresh new color. But if painting alone isn’t your thing, why not turn that unattractive table into an upholstered bench or settee? You could simply make extra seating from a coffee table or side table with fabric and cotton fill. Just make sure it’s made of solid wood. Why not install 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 gorgeous to an ugly old table.
Besides your table, your dining chairs might benefit from a makeover, as well. If you have solid-grade wood chairs, you can just sand and repaint them any color you prefer for a brand new look. What is more, don’t stress about matching the table exactly; a table and chairs in contrasting or complementary colors can be a beautiful addition to any kitchen or dining room.
A New Twist on Shelving
Remember those drawers you removed from your dresser makeover? Why not rework 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, even more fantastic! Think about hanging several drawers together with the hardware running in various directions.
Reface and Replace
For all kinds of cabinets, one strategy to update an old style is to add new doors. Removing the doors on a cabinet is a straightforward process. Following that, sand and repaint the entire piece. You can acquire doors pre-made from many hardware stores or include new details to the old ones. Another effective suggestion would be to replace part of the cabinet door with glass. There are various innovative options – what you do with that cabinet is really up to you!
Upgraded Garden Seating
Make sure to give your outside furniture a makeover as well! If you’ve got good quality patio furniture that’s just dirty, 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! On the other hand, turn an old headboard into a charming garden bench! You probably shouldn’t use that old bed any longer, but if you take the headboard, add a seating box, and then paint the whole thing in your favorite color, you’ve constructed a pretty new place to rest and enjoy the outdoors.
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