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10 Clever Ways to Upcycle Your Furniture

by Derek Lotts (follow)
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Instead of saying goodbye to your time-worn sofa, better think about upcycling, where you can use your creativity and convert it into something useful and new. Many people are confused whether they should recycle or upcycle their old stuff, but even though those ventures are a bit different, they both save natural resources, energy and diminish the waste. You are definitely encouraged to recycle the waste whenever you can, and we’ll give you brilliant ideas on how to upcycle your furniture:

1. Hide the damages with decoupage

Your threadbare dresser can become a lovely vintage piece if you consider covering it with decoupage. Use anything from old newspapers and postcards to nicely patterned napkins to overlay your damaged dresser and welcome a new, chic piece in your home.

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2. Use wallpaper for frayed counter-tops

If your dining or coffee table has scratches and water marks, you can easily refresh it with stylish wallpaper glued on the counter-tops. You can also make a mosaic out of different wallpapers, repaint the rest of the table and get a creative little piece for any of your rooms.

3. Turn an old door into a rustic table

Rustic design is very popular, which is the reason enough to use your old doors with chipped finish and shabby edges as gorgeous top for your living room coffee table. You can eventually add a translucent coat over it and there’s no doubt it will serve you for another decade.

4. Transform the broken chair pieces into stylish decor

Use a pair of nicely curved legs as a rustic storage display, or if your chair misses the seat, use it to grow a fragrant garden. Also, and old chair without legs can be turned into a lovely swing for your backyard.

5. Create a chic headboard out of fireplace mantel

If you’re building a new fireplace, save the old shabby mantel, paint it into white and install it behind your sleeping bed. To reach a chic look, consider covering the empty space in the middle with vintage tapestry.

6. Revive the abandoned fire pit

A fire pit you don’t use anymore gives you a chance to create authentic china closet, where you just have to install shelves and plain glass doors in the middle. It’s always better to use your abandoned fire pit for something nice and creative, so you should know that some fire pits can be transformed into big flower pots which can add energy to your home.

7. Turn a crib into a kid’s nook

Wipe the dust from your kid’s old crib, remove an old mattress, add some fresh paint and turn it into a lovely drawing desk for your kids. You can replace its bottom with a blackboard and attach ordinary hangers to serve as a place for scissors, crayon containers, etc.

8. Make shelves from old drawers

Take out the drawers from the dresser you’re not using anymore, and hang them on the walls, since they can serve you as nice little shelves for jewelry boxes, frames with photos or for toiletries within your bathroom.

9. Repaint wherever you can

This is the simplest way to give your old furniture a new shine, so use your creativity and start painting stylish geometric shapes on your drawers, create stripes over your dining table or give your old chairs a multicolored design.

Drawers turned into shelves
Image credits: www.pinterest.com/lifehackslist

10. Use and old stepladder as wall decor

Even a rusty looking stepladder can have a new purpose, just hang it on the wall and start using it as vintage-style shelves. Consider adding a bright finish over it and pair it with walls in contrast colors.

Apart from adding a stylish appearance to your home, each of those upcycling options actually saves your money and makes a great contribution to the entire environment.

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