Old furniture pieces can be given a new useful purpose with a little creative thinking. This guide is contains ideas for repurposing furniture.
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My table already had a recessed area to slide the glass into but if yours doesn't there are other ways to attach a piece of glass, such as using mirror clips on the underside of the top piece. It is hard to give directions for all the different types of tables, but I can give general directions and they would need to be modified for each type of table.
We started with removing the top piece of the coffee table, and removing the insert. We then had a piece of glass cut to fit into the space and we were ready to go. We removed the drawer in the center and took the drawer front off. Reattach the drawer front with hinges to give access to the display case. While the top was off, I lined the inside with some soft fabric in a light brown color which I glued down with spray adhesive. I then added a trim around the edges to cover the raw edges of the fabric.
We reattached the top of the table and now have a display case for collectibles. If your table does not have a recessed area on top, you can cut a hole in the center and use a small molding to cover the cut on top, and use the mirror clips to hold the glass in from the bottom. These are general directions and hopefully the pictures will give a better idea of how to do this.
I took a simple bookcase (one large board with two smaller boards nailed on each end) and transformed it into a "potty" stool for my grandchildren. I painted it and put the children's names on the legs of the stool.
If I want to recycle the stool after it has served its purpose, I will paint it again, "flip" the stool over and use as a small bookcase.
By Jose from Tennessee
I also took a small drawer unit from an end table and put legs on it to make an interesting new end table.
By bailey36 from Dowagiac, MI
We are moving into a smaller house which requires creative interior design and also making use of every space for storage. We have a wonderful old piece of furniture and no place to put it, so we decided to use it as the TV stand, but it would require some modification. We took out the two large drawers, made two shelves where they used to be, so that we would have a place for the blue ray, satellite box, etc. and now we are using the "leftover" drawers upstairs under a bed as storage units.
By Tiller from The Netherlands
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Do you have any suggestions for repurposed furniture such as using a dresser as a kitchen island, drawers used as book cases, etc.?
By Karen H.03/26/2012
Draws make great shadow boxes or shelves. 2 small end tables or night stands (the same sizes) & a long piece of plywood can make a great buffet or dining table (just cover with a sheet or some fabric). Or even a work area table, for office, crafts, & other projects. You may want to put some contact paper over it or something else, if you are going to work on it.
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We have an oak "credenza" that is nice and narrow for the dining area in our apartment. I think it started life off as a sink cabinet or something! Just remember that pieces don't have to be used as they were originally meant to be. An vintage commercial glass/wood display case (found on the street!) fits nicely under my bedroom window for storage, too.
By Pam from Los Angeles