Great Ways to Add Repurposed Furniture to Your Home

There’s an old saying that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. Repurposed furniture proves that old saying to be true. New furniture is expensive to buy and I doubt that you want to buy someone’s 30 year old couch. If you’re looking for cheap and sanitary options for furniture, then repurposing is the best way to go. You can let your creative juices flow while repurposing old furniture. There are many financial and environmental benefits to repurposing old furniture. Also, crafting is a great stress reliever. You might find that changing a door into a headboard is exactly what you need after a stressful week. If you’re interested in learning more about repurposed furniture, then, please, keep reading!

What Exactly is Repurposed Furniture? 

You might be asking yourself, “what does it mean to repurpose furniture?” Well, I’ll tell you what it means. Basically, you take an old piece of furniture and find a way to reuse it. Typically, you would use the old furniture for something different than what it was originally used for. For example, you would take an old door and turn it into a head board. If you’re repurposing old furniture, then the time it will take to repurpose will vary. Some might take an hour to complete. However, some repurposed furniture projects might take you weeks, maybe even months. It all depends of what you’re transforming and how many details you want to change. Regardless, repurposed furniture is a way to recycle old furniture and turn it into something new.  

It's Important, Trust Me

Repurposing old furniture has amazing environmental and financial benefits. From reducing waste to saving money, there are many reasons for you to repurpose your old furniture.

Reduce Waste

First, by reusing furniture you are reducing landfill waste. The less waste, the better. There are so many chemicals and pollutants that are released into the air at the landfill. If you can reuse furniture, then that’s one less thing that’s contributing to pollution. We all know how detrimental pollutants are to our environment. Repurposing your furniture is a great way to help save our environment.

Save a Buck or Two

Have you ever walked into a furniture store full of hope and excitement? Then, when you find the perfect dresser for your bedroom and take one look at the price tag your heart breaks? I’ve been there, too. It’s disheartening to see how expensive new furniture is. So, your next option is to buy used furniture. However, that can be a controversial topic. If you don’t know the person that’s selling you the furniture, then you can’t tell where it’s been. Sure, you can deep clean the table that you bought off of craigslist. Or, you can turn something that you already own into a glamorous, antique table. Trust me, it’s cheaper to go with option number 3. Buying old furniture is cheaper. Also, finding the perfect piece of furniture can be tricky. However, you can find a cheap piece of furniture and create something from that. Presto, new furniture!

Hygiene is Key

You don’t always know how clean the furniture you purchase is. If you can use something that you own and make it into something else, then you’ll have a better idea as to how clean it is. Also, some pieces of furniture are easier to clean than others. So, you can buy those types of furniture and make them into something else. Basically, you have a better chance of having cleaner furniture if it's repurposed furniture.

Make Your Furniture Your Own

Repurposing furniture allows you to make your furniture your own. You can add your own touch of color and flare to the piece. Also, you can customize the pieces to fit into your house perfectly. You can create the furniture to be anything you need. Truly, you can make the furniture your own.

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DIY

There are always 2 types of projects that create repurposed furniture. First, there are easy and simple projects. Second, there are complicated and complex projects. If you’re like me, you live for the easy projects. However, there are special people out there that love complex projects. Therefore, for the sake of not singling anyone out, I will show you examples of simple and complex repurposing projects.

Simple Projects

It’s simpler than you’d expect to repurpose old furniture. For some projects, you just need to move an item to another room. However, others will still require the ability to paint and, maybe, sew.

A Chest-Coffee Table

This is one of the easiest ways to repurpose an old chest. First, find an antique chest that fits into the decorative scheme of your living room or bedroom. Next, place the chest in the middle of your living room. See, it’s an easy 2 step process for you to turn an old chest into a coffee table. There are many perks to this project. First, antique items look amazing in most settings. Second, the chest can be additional storage for you to use. I mean, it was originally used to hold things, so why not incorporate that into your repurposed coffee table.

Suitcase Nightstand 

If you like the look of older suitcases, then this would be a great project for you. First, find 2 older looking suitcases. Next, find a tray that you can place on top of the suitcases. Once you’ve acquired these items, you’ll have a simple 3-step set up. First, place the suitcases on top of one another so that handles are facing outwards. Next, place a tray on top of the suitcases. Then, decorate your night stand any way that you’d like! If you’re looking for other ways to reuse the things in your bedroom, then your sheets are a great place to start.

An Improvised Dessert Serving Tray

When you get married, you usually receive more plates and cups than you can ever care to use. Especially, if you already have a set. Therefore, there are great ways that you can use your old set in order to make room for the new set. First, grab a cup and a plate. It can be any color combination that your heat desires. Next, glue the plate to the bottom of the cup. Afterwards, flip your creation over so that the plate is facing up. Lastly, use the plate-cup combination as a make-shift cupcake tray for a get together.

Cupcake Tin Turned Desk Organizer

Speaking of cupcakes, you can use a cupcake tin as a desk organizer. If you have an old cupcake tin that’s been through the ringer, then this is a great way to retire it. It’s easy to repurpose your cupcake tin in this way. First, place the tin on your desk or shelf. Next, separate your tools into the various holes. You can put thumb tacks, paper clips, safety pins, etc. into the holes. If you find that you have too many of one item, such as safety pins, then there are creative ways that you can use those, too!

Tire-Flower Bed

Tires are expensive and its gut wrenching when you have to get rid of them. However, there is an easy way repurpose them. Turn these old tires into a flower bed. This is another easy project. Simply fill the tire with soil and add the plants. Next, hang the tire wherever you would like. You can hang it in your backyard or on your front door. The possibilities are endless!

Bookcase Bar

This is a matter of adjusting what you put into an old book case. Simply move the book case to any room that you desire. If you’re planning to use it as a bar, then it might look good in your dining room or kitchen. Next, add wine glasses and various types of drinks to the book case. In 2 easy steps you now have a bar that used to be a bookcase!

Complex Projects

These projects are going to take heavy duty tools and longer than a few hours to put together. If you crave projects like this, then you need to be careful because these will give you the repurposing bug.

Dishes? No, a Jewelry Tower

If your dish cabinets are over flowing and you don’t want to make a cupcake tray, then this is another option. You will a few things:

  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Candlestick holders
  • Spray paint
  • A saw (if you plan to cut your candlestick holder)
  • Heavy duty glue

First, cut the candlestick in half. If you choose not to cut the candlestick and use 2 of them, then you can skip the first step. Next, spray paint the candlesticks any color that you’d like. It’s a good idea to coordinate your jewelry tower with the color scheme of your room. Once the paint dries, you can glue the candle sticks to the plates and bowls. Usually, different types of bowls are best to use so that the jewelry doesn’t fall off the tower. If you don’t have a lot of jewelry, you can make your own out of recycled materials.  

Side Table-Stools

This most complicated part of this project is sewing. However, you can buy cushions if you don’t like to sew. First, find old side tables. You can find cheap ones at any thrift store. Or, you can use your own side tables. Next, place a cushion on top of the side tables. It’s important that you choose a side table that can hold your weight. You’d be surprised how many side tables will be able to support a human!

Conclusion

In conclusion, repurposed furniture is the way to go. Not only will you be helping the environment, but you’ll also help your bank account. If your house is lacking in furniture, then you can repurpose old furniture to make it your own. A fully-decorated repurposed house is comfortable and unique. There are many ways to repurpose furniture. Some are easy and some are complicated. However, all are fun and can add a little something extra to your home.   

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I am amazed every day by the beauty that this world provides for us and think it is important to preserve it! Taking care of ourselves and our earth is crucial and I want to help people discover new ways to do both. Publishing for Green and Growing is a unique way that I can get my message across, and I hope you all enjoy what we write about!

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