Over time, pieces of furniture within the home wear and pieces become useless. Typically, this leaves you with something that takes up space and has no value. Yet, the piece still withstands the test of time. If this is the case, chances are what is left can be repurposed and given new life. Below are several ideas that follow that theme.
1. Dressing up a Man Cave with a Tire Coffee Table
Tires are one thing that get used, wear down and have no use after they have served their original purpose. Still, the use of some sturdy legs and a finished table top can create a sturdy coffee table to grace a bachelor’s living room or be a helpful addition to the man cave.
2. Corner shelves can be Useful in any Room
Old doors are sturdy and gain a distinction from years of weathering the various seasons. When they are replaced, they can be repurposed for various uses. One of those uses is to halve the door and create a corner shelf with triangular pieces for shelves. This can be useful in any room and would be an attractive addition to the theme of the space.
3. An old Stool can become a Useful Stand for Storage
The use of canvas bags attached to an upside down stool can create a useful stand for umbrellas, baseball bats or even wrapping paper. These long and unwieldy objects can be difficult to store. This piece of furniture can come in handy in these cases.
4. Benches can be Easily Crafted from Old Headboards
Benches can be a useful addition to rooms with a lot of space, particularly entryways or laundry rooms. Storage space and a space to sit for a few minutes can come in really handy in these spaces. Headboards are sturdy and tend to last longer than the rest of the frame. If this is the case, use the headboard with some additional wood added to create a bench, with or without storage space built in underneath. The bench will need reinforced, so a storage area is a smart choice to use the space.
5. Create a DIY Pallet Bookshelf
Pallets are a current trend in decorations and innovative shelves. One idea is to create a bookshelf from the pallet. This can be used to display knick knacks. It is a simple way to add to a rustic-themed room and spend minimal money on a display venue.
6. A little effort makes steel drums into Attractive Deck Furniture
While it takes a bit of experience and some welding expertise, 55-gallon drums can be easily repurposed into an entire matching set of furniture to use on the deck. Steel stands up to weather well, so using weather-resistant paint and cushions that can be removed for storage means you can have a gorgeous set of seats and a table made of something that would otherwise sit rusting in a junkyard somewhere.
7. Drawers can be an efficient addition to Children’s Room Decor
Using drawers that are left over from other DIY projects can be a challenge. However, so can decorating a child’s room and finding a way to organize all their stuff. Drawers can be used to create a bookshelf, making a pretty and innovative way to help the kids keep their room clean.
8. Make a Dollhouse out of Old Drawers
Two rounded drawers can make a gorgeous dollhouse with a bit of bright paint. Creating shelves midway through the drawer when standing upright makes a two story dollhouse that can keep your children entertained for hours.
9. Create a stationary setting for Pet Food Bowls
Floors in the kitchen tend to be smooth for easy cleaning. If you have pets, you know that means the bowls rarely stay in one place for long. Old chairs can be used for a stand to hold the bowl. They won’t move nearly as easily across the floor, even if you have a big, heavy dog pushing its head into the bowl.
10. An older desk can make a useful Bedside Table
Older desks went out of style, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be repurposed. Separating a set of drawers from one side of the desk can be easily renovated into a sturdy bedside table with lots of storage.
11. Old Doors can be an attractive Bench and Storage Area
Doors stand up to the weather for years and still typically have some life left when they are replaced during a renovation. If you have a beautiful old door and space for a bench, a door and some wood can be crafted into a gorgeous bench with storage space underneath. This is perfect for an entry point to your home, as it provides seating to take shoes off and put them on. It can also be great for seasonal wear storage.
12. Create a Talking Piece Coffee Table from an Old Window
Lots of social moments are spent relaxing in the living room, seated on furniture around the coffee table. Having a coffee table that really stands out means a chance to save the conversation if it drops off. Use an old window as the top and create a storage space and legs from salvaged wood. The results are stunning.
13. Give a Filing Cabinet a Fresh Look and an Additional Use
A filing cabinet’s drawers have a pretty standard use. However, the outside frame is not always helpful. If you have limited space and are looking to maximize organization in the office, use chalkboard paint to create a surface for notes, lists and calendars on the outside of your filing cabinet.
14. Create a Bookcase from the frame of a Piano
Even after the keys have worn and the inner workings have fallen apart, the outer frame of a piano stays strong. Most people opt to chop it into firewood and burn it or dispose of it. Instead, a great use for that sturdy construction is a beautiful bookcase to hang on the wall and showcase knick knacks or novels.
15. Innovative Photo Frames Never Lose Appeal
This is a personal favorite of mine. Although multipane windows have long been out of style and therefore will be hard to find, this is a popular share on various pages on the Internet. Create a collage of photos using the window as a frame, and you can showcase a wall of memories in an innovative way.
16. Create a new Medicine Cabinet from an Old Suitcase
This is a great opportunity to create a new piece for the bathroom. Old suitcases were built to last. Adding sturdy shelves to the inside and a mirror to the lid creates a high-quality medicine cabinet that speaks to visitors.
17. Retire Your Silverware from the table but not to the Dump
Creative ways to decorate your home are always fun to share with friends. If you have an old set of silverware gathering dust in the attic, bring it down and refurbish the old lamp that is wasting away in the garage. You freed up some cluttered space and have an attractive new accent piece for the living room or den.
18. A Party Isn’t a Party without a Drinks Cooler
Chairs wear out, the bottoms are ruined and unless you are lucky, you can’t find someone to fix them. Using a high-backed chair, an old wash tub and lots of ice as a drink cooler for a party makes your party look more festive with minimal effort.
19. Repurpose an old end table into a dog bed
The furry member of the family can enjoy repurposed furniture too. Taking the doors off of an end table and creating a comfortable nook for the family pet is a great way to reuse an end table. Paint it to match the room it’s in and it will be a complement to the décor.
20. Create a play kitchen from an Entertainment Stand
Most homes today have a television. If you have one, at some point, you are likely to upgrade to a larger television, and at that point you need to find a use for the entertainment stand that can no longer hold your TV. For those with young children and a bit of free time, it’s the perfect opportunity to create a play kitchen that is sturdy and beautiful without a significant expense. That saves money for the play food and utensils.
21. Turn a dresser into a bookshelf
Bookshelves are expensive, and as time goes on the options available in the market are not always sturdy. In order to create a useful piece of furniture out of a dresser, it is easy to create a bookshelf. Simple remove the drawers, add sturdy pieces of board horizontally, and you have a new space for all your books.