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Reduce, Reuse Recycle: Give Your Furniture a Makeover

Madison Renter Painting a Dresser Drawer TurquoiseIf your old furniture has become unsightly, you may be inclined to replace it. But why not repurpose it alternatively? You can convert ugly or dated furniture into nicer, updated pieces you’ll enjoy with some simple materials, creativity, and elbow grease. There are countless easy ways to completely makeover practically any piece of furniture in your home! Here are a few of our favorite ideas for repurposing and updating old furniture.

Dress(er) it Up

That damaged old dresser may not be your best piece of furniture in the bedroom. Instead, why not repurpose it as a credenza or TV stand? Bring out all of the drawers, sand, and repaint – inside and out. Use whatever paint color you like – don’t be frightened to go bold with a crisp white, cheerful red, or deep blue. To create a wonderful accent table, remove the lower drawers and replace them with elegant baskets. Alternatively, you may 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 begin to appear beat-up and dirty over time. On the other hand, tables are one of the easiest pieces of furniture to makeover. Probably the simplest way to give your old table a new lease of life is to paint it a fresh new color. Yet, if painting alone isn’t your first concern, why not turn that unsightly table into an upholstered bench or settee? With fabric and cotton fill, you could easily make extra seating from a coffee table or side table. Simply ensure that it is made of solid wood. Why not add a new surface on top of the old one for kitchen tables? Beautiful stenciling, some contact paper, or a glass top could all give new life and elegance to a tired old table.

Upgraded Chairs

Aside from your table, your dining chairs might benefit from a makeover, as well. If you have high-quality wood chairs, you can just sand and repaint them any color you like for a fresh new appearance. Furthermore, don’t worry about matching the table exactly; a table and chairs in contrasting or complementary colors may be a delightful addition to any kitchen or dining room.

A New Twist on Shelving

Remember those drawers you took out during your dresser makeover? Why not recycle them into hanging shelves for a charming, rustic look? Dresser drawers can be lined with colorful contact paper, then hung against a wall and filled with your favorite knickknacks. If your drawers have antique hardware attached, even better! Consider hanging several drawers together with the hardware extending in several directions.

Reface and Replace

For cabinets of all types, another way to renovate a plain appearance is to add new doors. Removing the doors on a cabinet is really easy. Next, sand and repaint the entire piece. You can purchase doors pre-made from various hardware stores or add new details to the old ones. Another wonderful idea is to replace part of the cabinet door with glass. There are so many creative options – what you do with that cabinet is entirely up to you!

Upgraded Garden Seating

Beware that your outside furniture may also need a makeover! Assuming you have good quality patio furniture that is in poor condition, you can just 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 any longer, but if you take the headboard, add a seating box, and then paint it all in your favorite color, you’ve created a pretty new place to rest and enjoy the outdoors.

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