We are such a fan of repurposed furniture projects. Not only do you create something that is unique and custom for you, but you are also helping the environment by upcycling something that already exists. Here is a list of 31 repurposed & upcycled furniture projects to help you inspire your next project.
What is repurposed furniture?
Repurposed furniture is when you redo or makeover a current furniture item to either have a new purpose or just a new look. Dressers can become chairs or you can give a whole new look to a desk with new materials. Furniture makeovers are such a great way to make you love your home…
And that is why we are all here!
Hopefully, this post will make you rethink the next time you just want to throw something out or you will look twice at that item at the end of the driveway.
Where can you get furniture for furniture makeovers or repurposed furniture projects?
Do you know what this dress-up storage was made from? Yes, this is a repurposed tv cabinet that was found for free at the end of a driveway. It is amazing how organized your children can be when they have a place to put and hang things.
This midcentury modern dresser was beautiful before this makeover. This two-toned look was created using gel stain and a DIY chalk recipe. We even naturally cleaned the brass hardware to give it a new shine.
No one likes see that hamper overflowing in the corner of your room. This is a brilliant way to repurpose a dresser if you ask us. THough, be warned this DIY dresser project is not the easiest to make, but sometimes those are the most rewarding and custom projects.
Who doesn't love a fun wine display when hosting a party. This cute wine bar is perfect for that small corner or outdoor space. We love how this old tv tray was repurposed into something that will get a lot of use when entertaining.
You can't buy iron legs like this anymore. Being creative with an old sewing cabinet and adding a new top created this awesome repurposed table. Such a fun and creative way to get a new table out of an old sewing machine cabinet.
We are a sucker for hairpin legs. They not only help you repurpose something into a functional piece of furniture, but they totally can go with any decor style. This console table is to die for with the rustic barn board top.
This DIY art table was done by taking an old coffee table and adding fun art accessories, like a cute paper roll holder. We love that there is a place to store all of your children's art supplies and that the organization is made easier with chalkboard labels.
Have an old table that really needs to be updated? This tabletop was easily repurposed using chalkboard paint and is such an eclectic way to add a fun home decor item to your space. If you want a more permanent design, consider using watered-down acrylic white paint or chalk markers.
Repurposed DIY Home Decor Items
There are so many ways to completely transform tires, old trays and drawers to add to any home decor style.
These chairs in this homeschool room were taken from garage sale finds to fun and eclectic chalk-painted chairs. Using DIY chalk paint with plaster of Paris and reupholstering the seats, gave these old chairs a brand new look.
This industrial lamp is such a fun way to use pipes and other materials to create something that you can't even buy. It is awesome when DIY projects create such a special home decor item. P.S. We love all the tips provided in this tutorial Who would have to know that finishing paste is a way to not allow pipes to rust over time.
We have said it before, but we love when DIY projects are good for the environment. By using an old tire for this ottoman base, you are saving just one more from going to a landfill. A win, win in our book. Not to mention you get this amazing repurposed ottoman for a fraction of what you pay for a new one.
The finished file cabinet redid this old compressed file cabinet using contact paper and spray paint. The finished repurposed file cabinet looks nothing like the original piece and we can't believe how inexpensive it was to complete.
Give a tray a new life by upcycling with matte paint (we love this darker color from the Magnolia line) and adding new hardware. We think you could even pull this DIY tray off with an old dresser drawer if you are feeling adventurous.
We are always looking for a fun way to display and grow our plants and never would have thought to use an old cooler as a planter. Just make sure you drill holes in the bottom to make sure your planter can drain properly.
Other Awesome Repurposed Furniture Ideas
These DIY projects are just more examples of how you can redo old things into awesomeness!
We didn't even realize this was a piano at first. This is such a genius way to repurpose a piano into a piece of furniture you will use! We are amazed at some of the restoring techniques. Who would have thought to use a syringe to help get the wood veneer restored in this DIY bar. Cedar gel stain completed this awesome look. We think this repurposed furniture idea was well worth all the hard work.
If you don't want to build new garden boxes(like our cedar raised boxes that we love), then this garden hack is a great way to upcycle that old cube shelf you have. Easily create a one-of-kind raised garden box.