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Reduce, Reuse Recycle: Give Your Furniture a Makeover

Franklin Renter Painting a Dresser Drawer TurquoiseIf your old furniture has turned ugly, you may be tempted to replace it. But why not repurpose it rather? With some simple materials, creativity, and elbow grease, you can convert ugly or dated furniture into restored, modern pieces you’ll appreciate. There are numerous easy methods for giving practically any piece of furniture in your house a total makeover! Here are a couple of the best concepts for repurposing and updating old furniture.

Dress(er) it Up

That dusty old dresser may not be your preferred piece of furniture in the bedroom. So why not repurpose it as a credenza or TV stand instead? Remove all of the drawers, sand, and repaint – inside and out. Pick any paint color you like – don’t be hesitant to go bold with a crisp white, cheerful red, or deep blue. You could remove the lower drawers and supplant them with pretty baskets to make an excellent accent table. Otherwise, remove all the drawers to make a TV stand with open storage.

Add Life to a Tired Table

Coffee tables, side tables, and kitchen tables may all tend to appear beat-up and dirty later on. However, tables are probably the simplest pieces of furniture to makeover. Perhaps the quickest approach to give your old table a new lease of life is to paint it a fresh new color. But if painting alone isn’t your thing, why not transform that ugly table into an upholstered bench or settee? You could easily create extra seating from a coffee table or side table with fabric and cotton fill. Just remember to get one that is solid wood. Why not build a new surface on top of the old one for kitchen tables? Some lovely stenciling, some contact paper, or a glass top could all give new life and charm to an ugly old table.

Upgraded Chairs

Along with your table, your dining chairs might benefit from a makeover, as well. If you have good-quality wood chairs, you can easily sand and repaint them any color you like for a brand new look. And don’t worry about matching the table exactly; a table and chairs in contrasting or complementary colors can be a charming addition to any kitchen or dining room.

A New Twist on Shelving

Remember those drawers you pulled from your dresser makeover? Why not repurpose 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 greater! Start hanging several drawers together with the hardware stretching out in various directions.

Reface and Replace

For all kinds of cabinets, one solution to modernize an old style is to add new doors. Removing the doors on a cabinet is pretty simple. Next, sand and repaint the entire piece. You can obtain doors pre-made from numerous hardware stores or include new details to the old ones. Another creative idea would be to replace part of the cabinet door with glass. There are multiple creative options – what you do with that cabinet is really up to you!

Upgraded Garden Seating

Make sure that your outside furniture should have a makeover, as well! If you’ve got good quality patio furniture that’s just dirty, all you need to do is sand and paint the pieces and then add new cushions. That quickly, your patio set will look brand new! Alternatively, turn an old headboard into a charming garden bench! You probably shouldn’t use that old bed anymore, but if you take the headboard, add a seating box, and then paint the whole unit in your ideal color, you’ve constructed a pretty new place to rest and enjoy the outdoors.

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