7 Amazing Ideas for Repurposing Old Furniture

Don't throw that out, upcycle it.Don't throw that out, upcycle it.It's yard sale season! That means lawns all over the city are covered in bookcases, old dressers, desks, and more furniture just begging to come home with me. I can't resist a good bookcase bargain. But this post isn't just about bookcases, as much as I love them. It's about secondhand furniture - and creative ways to revamp it for a completely different use. Using things we already had to meet our needs is the very definition of frugal. These 7 amazing upcycles will give old furniture a new life.








Dresser to Bench Dresser to Bench 1. Dresser to Bench
How cute would this bench be in a reading nook or entryway? Cut the top off a dresser, repaint, add pillows or padding, and enjoy your new bench, complete with storage for reading materials.
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Coffee Table to Chalkboard Table Coffee Table to Chalkboard Table 2. Coffee Table to Chalkboard Table
I've seen several coffee table makeovers for kids - glue on a LEGO base, paint your own train scene, or turn it into this chalkboard table for small children.
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Dresser to Kitchen Island Dresser to Kitchen Island 3. Dresser to Kitchen Island
I so desperately want an island in my kitchen, but we just don't have room for it. Not if we plan to eat in there, anyway. Someday, I'll reclaim my dining room (it's an office right now), and turn one of our old dressers into a sturdy island.
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Dresser to Media Center Dresser to Media Center 4. Dresser to Media Center
Here's another way to remake your dresser - revamp it as a media center for the bedroom.
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Media Center to Play Kitchen Media Center to Play Kitchen 5. Media Center to Play Kitchen
Kids love play kitchens, and they're surprisingly easy to make. A clever repurpose makes for a much better kitchen set than you could ever buy in a store. This is the cutest one I've ever seen - an amazing gift to a little girl from her grandparents.
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Bookcase to Wine Cabinet Bookcase to Wine Cabinet 6. Bookcase to Wine Cabinet All you have to do is add a few under-cabinet glass and bottle racks to turn your bookcase into a wine cabinet. It's such a fun, inexpensive makeover.
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Wood Doors to Daybed Wood Doors to Daybed 7. Wood Doors to Daybed Okay, so doors aren't really furniture, but I'm amazed by this repurposing idea. The daybed turned out fabulous!
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- By Heather Sokol
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