You may be tempted to replace your old furniture if it seems to be in a state of collapse. But why not repurpose it? You can transform ugly or dated furniture into refreshed, improved items you’ll appreciate with a few basic materials, creativity, and elbow grease. There are various fundamental strategies to give practically any piece of furniture in your home a complete makeover! Here are a few of our best suggestions for repurposing and updating old furniture.
Dress(er) it Up
It is possible that your plain old dresser isn’t the most important piece of furniture in the bedroom. Why not repurpose it as a credenza or TV stand? Remove all of the drawers, sand, and repaint – inside and out. Use whatever paint color you want – don’t be scared to go bold with a crisp white, cheerful red, or deep blue. To make a lovely accent table, you need to remove the lower drawers and substitute them with beautiful baskets. Or else, remove all the drawers to create a TV stand with open storage.
Add Life to a Tired Table
Coffee tables, side tables, and kitchen tables may all look beat-up and dusty after some time. However, tables are one of the simplest pieces of furniture to makeover. One of the easiest strategies to give your old table a new lease of life is to paint it a fresh new color. But if painting isn’t your style, create an upholstered bench or settee out of that unsightly table. You could easily produce more seating from a coffee table or side table with fabric and cotton fill. Just make sure it’s made of solid wood. Why not give a new surface on top of the old one for kitchen tables? Some beautiful stenciling, contact paper, or a glass top could all give new life and charm to a plain old table.
Along with your table, your dining chairs might benefit from a makeover, as well. If you have high-quality wood chairs, you can simply sand and repaint them any color you like for a fresh appearance. Moreover, don’t worry 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
Do the drawers you removed during your dresser makeover come to mind? Why not turn 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 better! Think about hanging several drawers together with the hardware facing in several different directions.
Reface and Replace
For cabinets of all kinds, another technique to modernize an outdated design is to add new doors. Removing the doors on a cabinet is a straightforward task. Then, sand and repaint the entire piece. You can order doors pre-made from many hardware stores or add new elements to the old ones. Another effective solution would be to replace part of the cabinet door with glass. There are several resourceful options – what you do with that cabinet is all up to you!
Upgraded Garden Seating
Don’t forget to give your outside furniture a makeover, too! If you’ve got good quality patio furniture that needs to be cleaned, all you have to do is sand and paint the pieces and then add new cushions. Then quickly, your patio set will look brand new! On the other hand, 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 whole thing in your desired color, you’ve created a pretty new place to rest and enjoy the outdoors.
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