Old furniture pieces can be given a new useful purpose with a little creative thinking. This guide is contains ideas for repurposing furniture.
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
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
My wife is the queen of bringing home items from garage sales then having no idea what she will do with them, as is the case with these old desk drawers. I found them in a pile of stuff on her side of the garage. I remembered seeing somewhere that someone took old drawers and repurposed them into knicknack shelves. All I did was take three old drawers (one large and two small) and painted them. Then I attached them to each other and added a couple of shelves to the large one. Now I have a attractive display shelf for some of my Hot-Wheels die cast cars.
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I have a iron coffee table that I had spray painted black to match the oriental style living room we have. Unfortunately, due to some careless rough housing, I ended up falling on the glass top of the table, and broke the glass. I still have all the glass, as well as the frame, but they're sitting in storage. I want to repurpose it. But the ideas I've found seem to not really fit well with the design. One post on here suggested using plywood with fabric. Which I actually considered, but I'm unsure if that would look alright with a metal table. Any ideas or advice for me?
Attached is what it looked like before I broke the glass
By Ashley W.
Why don't you just take in the frame and have a new piece of glass put in? Another idea, if you are tired of the glass look, is to have a metal worker make a frame to fit that you can set large tiles into - 12x12 size, for example. Metal tables with tile tops are very nice looking.
You could measure it and go to the hardware store and have them cut you a piece of plexiglass to fit or a piece of counter top. If you do use wood, you can paint it to match your decor which is what a friend of mine did. She has that exact same coffee and end tables and replaced all the tops when the coffee table top got broken.
Do you have any suggestions for repurposed furniture such as using a dresser as a kitchen island, drawers used as book cases, etc.?
I have an older dresser that I got from a garage sale, the kind where it probably had a large mirror attached to the back, and has the 'knee hole' to pull a chair up to.
I use it for my 'computer table'. I use the long middle drawer over the knee hole to put the keyboard in when not being used, and the side drawers for copy paper, ink refills, manuals, etc. It goes very nicely with my country themed home.
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.
Converted Coffee Table Display Case
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
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