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Repurpose Old Furniture with These Tips

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You have an old furniture, but do not know what to do with them? Your garage attic and the basement may be full of them, and you have been thinking of getting rid of them.  You can repurpose old furniture into usable and gorgeous furniture. We will show you how to do it in our article below.

Turn Junk Chairs Into a Bench

Do you have several chairs that you no longer use?  If yes, you can turn them into a stylish bench. What you will need is:

  • Two or three chairs
  • Sandpaper
  • Stain or paint
  • Plywood
  • Padding or foam
  • Some fabric.  

You must ensure that the chairs have the same height so that you get an even surface. To make the wood look new, you will have to sand it down and apply stain to protect it. You then use the plywood to create a bench-like surface across the seats and nail it down. Put padding and fabric to create a soft seating surface.

Transform Your Tub Into a Seat

Tubs are fantastic places to relax after a long day in the office. Fill it up with water, put your favorite scented soap or gel, get a glass of wine or your favorite book, and just relax. However, it can also become a classic couch. Be ready to get your hands dirty because you will need to do some cutting, grinding, sandblasting, and painting. You will need to remove one side of the tub so that you create a seat. The materials that you need include:-

  • A Tub –  you may have an old one, or you can go to the thrift store to purchase one
  • A cushion
  • Stylish legs if your tub do not have them
  • Some paint

 You may need some help with the cutting, grinding and sandblasting. You must ensure that you do not leave any sharp edges once you are through.  

Don’t Throw Out The Rocking Chair

Rocking chairs are fantastic because they are an excellent place to relax while watching your favorite movie or reading a book. Mums have also found them quite useful when trying to put the little ones to sleep. But with time, they get old and may require replacement. But, do not throw it out just yet; use the rocking chair to create a swing. You must have ample space, and it is a fantastic decor item for your backyard or outdoor space. You will need the following:

  • The sitting part of the rocking chair- meaning you have to cut out the legs
  • Hooks
  • A rope to hang the chair
  • Sandpaper to remove the Old paint,  smooth out any scratches and to prepare the surface for the paint job
  • Paint-bright colors really work well for the  outdoor space because they introduce a fun, and stylish element
  •  A sturdy tree to provide support for the swing

Creating the swing is not difficult, and you can easily do it on your own within a day or two. You will need someone to help you hang it from the tree.  

Turn Your Old Dresser Into A Kitchen Island

Kitchen islands are fantastic because they give you space to prepare food. They are also an excellent place for the family to interact while they share a simple meal. They are also excellent for additional storage. You can store items such as cookbooks, pot and pans, and spices, among others. Most modern homes with contemporary kitchens will have an island, but for those that don’t have one, it can be expensive to install one. Still, we also have a fantastic tip for you; if you have a dresser that you no longer use, you can turn it into a fabulous kitchen island. You can also get the dresser from a thrift store quite inexpensively.  Some of the items that you need include:-

  • Sandpaper to remove the old color and to smooth out any scratches
  • Paint to match your kitchen colors
  • Clear coat for that perfect finish
  •  New handles if the dresser did not have any, or if you want to change

What makes a dresser so convenient is that other than sending it down and painting it, there is not so much more to do.  

Creative Ways To Repurpose A Baby Crib

There is something about a crib that makes it so difficult to let go of once your baby transitions into a bigger bed. More often than not, you will find the crib in storage in the garage or attic. Now, here is some good news: you do not have to let go of it because you can find so many uses for it. You can turn it into a porch swing, bookshelf, magazine rack, a small couch for your child’s room, among others.

What makes a crib excellent for repurposing is that you have so many pieces you can use. The side with the rails can become a magazine rack, bike stand, drying rack, chore chart, among others. You can turn the bed itself into a porch swing, sofa, crib bench, art table, among others. The list is endless when it comes to cribs. 

Turn Your Dresser Into a Vanity

You can quickly transform an old dresser into a vanity. The only thing you will need to do is including a sink and investing in some plumbing. What you get is a unit that has sufficient storage and functionality for you. The items that you need include:- 

  • A dresser 
  • A sink 
  • Tools for cutting a hole into the dresser 
  • Faucets 
  • Some paint
  • Hooks to attach the vanity to the wall 

Use the drawers as you desire. The project will require some plumbing, meaning you may have to hire someone with the right level of expertise. Overall, it is a pretty inexpensive way of getting some vanity for your bathroom.

Final Thoughts 

Before you throw out any furniture, you should take the time to see if you can repurpose the furniture into something usable. You get to save a lot and end up with some unique pieces for your house. Part of the DIY projects is also fantastic for involving the kids and other family members in the plans. They get a sense of ownership and can explore their creative side while learning valuable money-saving tips from you. It works with appliances too. But if you can’t find a way to turn them into something unique, you can always call furniture and appliance recycling company. Seriously… it saves you money, benefits the environment, and makes you feel good into the bargain.

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of Ways2GoGreen.com and Ways2GoGreenBlog.com. I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

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