Furniture repurposing and upcycling is all the rage right now. Buying vintage furniture or pieces that are a few years old is a way to create fun, exciting new items that can be easily incorporated into your current décor. Plus, if you are on a budget, your dollar will go a lot further! Vintage furniture is typically older than 20 years. Antique furniture can be 100+ years old. Some antique pieces can be highly sought-after and very pricey. If you’re on a budget, look for newer or vintage pieces which may not be as expensive.
Repurposing vintage furniture doesn’t have to mean that you are simply reupholstering or adding some fresh paint to the old piece, though. With a little creativity, vintage or recycled furniture- or pieces and parts of the furniture- can be turned into completely new items to use throughout your home!
Some Repurpose Furniture Ideas
Visiting a consignment shop like Transitional Treasures is where you want to start looking for that perfect piece to transform. We get new pieces each week, and we have all kinds of furniture and vintage items, as well as household items and jewelry. You never know how you might be inspired! To get you started on your next DIY project, here are just a few of the ways you can repurpose vintage furniture:
Add a fresh coat of paint for a whimsical feel. Sometimes all it takes transform an old item is to freshen it up with a lovely coat of paint or two, like this cream, grey and pink dresser in our showroom right now.
Turn drawers into shadow boxes to display collectibles. An easy project that allows you to create a cute way to display small collectibles, knick-knacks or even books is to hang the drawers of an old dresser or nightstand on your wall. No major elbow grease for this one!
Picture frames to display more than photos. Picture frames aren’t large pieces of furniture, but they can still be repurposed in all kinds of ways. Remove the glass and make anything from memo displays, jewelry holders, serving trays, and more!
An old stepstool can make a perfect bedside table. If that stepstool you’ve found is a little too rickety to be used functionally as a ladder, turn it into a bedside table!
Convert a headboard into a blanket or quilt rack. Don’t worry about stuffing extra blankets into the back of a closet- a headboard is a perfect way to display them in your guest bedroom!
Old armoires can be transformed into a child’s dress-up wardrobe. Little girls love dress up, so why not buy that slightly beat-up looking armoire, remove the doors, paint it a vibrant pink or purple, and there you have it - a unique way for your favorite little one to show off all her costumes and shoes.
Use bedroom pieces in the bathroom. A nightstand can be converted into a vanity for your bathroom. This project takes a little disassembly and reassembly, but the end result is well worth it.
Don’t forget about Fido or Fluffy. Here’s another piece in our shop right now- an old console television set converted into a cozy spot for your furry friend to relax.
Now that you have all these great furniture repurposing ideas, what will your first project be? Stop by our consignment shop and get started today!