When it comes to repurposing furniture, no concept is out of the question. Do you have an old dresser you can’t stand, but also can’t bear to get rid of? Turn it into a loveseat! That same dresser can also be transformed into a kitchen island, bookshelf, or coffee table.
Though many homeowners see old furniture as unimportant clutter, with a little creativity and perspective, you’ll be able to identify unique pieces of furniture in your home that can be repurposed and reused as the perfect home feature.
If you’re wondering what to do with old furniture, check out these three tips for ways to transform drab, lifeless belongings into fresh, classic pieces of home decor.
1. Dress up old dressers
Dressers don’t have to be confined to the bedroom. When it comes to refurbishing and repurposing furniture, the sky's the limit for dressers. Consider these creative, functional examples:
- Dresser turned couch: By sawing away the top two rows of drawers, nailing down a smooth wooden board over the bottom drawers, and placing a stylish bench cushion, you can turn your old dresser into an elegant bench that also features storage.
- Dresser turned TV stand: Do you have a dresser with unique features like scalloped edges or vertical slats? Highlight these elements by removing the bottom rows of drawers, adding a fresh coat of paint, new hardware, and transform it into a TV stand that’s perfect for any room in your home.
- Dresser turned bookshelf: Replace the drawers with wooden slats and apply new paint, and use it as a bookshelf for your kid’s room or sitting room.
When it comes to repurposing your old dressers, anything is possible. Think outside of the box and get creative with where and how you want to incorporate it into your interior design.
2. Give old windows a new view
Old wooden windows make wonderful refurbished coffee tables. If you don’t have an old window lying around your home, look for one at your local thrift store, vintage shop, or at yard sales. Make a “window box” that fits the measurements of your window frame and add four legs from either old coffee tables or an old chair. Add a hinge to one side of the window and a handle on the opposing side to create a unique coffee table that can store books, magazines, etc.
3. Front door flare
What’s not to love about the look of old, vintage front doors? The unique wooden elements, peeling layers of paint, and scratches and dings from years of wear and tear make them ideal feature pieces for interior design. Consider transforming your old wooden front doors into intricate kitchen islands by fixing them to the top of a refurbished dresser or existing island.
Find four intricate table or chair legs and secure them to one side of the door to make a front door coffee table. Remove the hardware, sand down any splintering areas, and add a clear coat of polyurethane and use your old front door as a unique headboard for the master or guest bedroom. Depending on the style of your home, you can also use old doors as design elements by placing them on the fireplace mantle along with pictures and plants, or hanging them on a big, blank wall.
With these three tips as inspiration, you’ll be able to make the most of repurposed furniture in your home.