Sometimes pieces of furniture you hold on to have some sort of special meaning. You don’t have the heart to throw it out, but what you can do is give it some new life and a new purpose. Or you might find things that other people have gotten rid of, but you can repurpose. With just a few changes, you can turn old pieces of furniture into different things entirely, and keep them out of the landfill. It’s fun to use your imagination and creativity to see what you can come up with. Here are a few ideas you might find interesting.
Those old wood soda crates that have been collecting dust in your basement or garage can be upcycled into a very cool coffee table. One way to do this is to anchor four of them together to form a square. Affix them to an unused table base and lay glass over the top, and you have a wonderful storage coffee table that double functions as a conversation piece.
- Library Look
The Dewey Decimal system has long gone by the wayside, and often you’ll find libraries getting rid of the drawers that housed the cards. These can be turned into retro side tables. Add some old table legs and you have some funky “new” furniture.
- Ornate to Updated
That gorgeous, antique door that has been collecting dust in your basement or attic can be refurbished and become the top of a very posh coffee or sofa table that would enliven any space. For more of a rustic or traditional look, you can restore the look of the original wood and bring in out with a nice stain or finish. On the other hand, if you are looking for something a little more funky, get out your paintbrush and let your imagination be your guide!
- Typewriter Table
Since almost nobody uses a typewriter anymore, Metal typewriter tables can often be found hanging around flea markets or at garage sales. They’re strong and make for an original and unusual side or night table. Again, they can be painted or made to look even more weathered to fit any decor and space. Finds like these should stay out of waste containers.
- Musical Cocktails
Nothing says retro and cool like a fancy little cocktail bar. But you don’t have to go to an expensive boutique furniture store to get one. Stereos were housed in cabinets in the 1950s, and while the electronic components often stopped working long ago, the solid wood cabinets generally just need a little TLC to look great once again. If you can get your hands on one, it can be gutted and turned into a very mod bar table.