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Repurposing Your Old Furniture

Posted by on April 18, 2016
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A lot of work goes into upgrading your home with new furniture, from measuring your space to choosing from a myriad of colours, fabrics, and designs to finding the best arrangement for your pieces. It is also a very exciting process as you think about how attractive your home will look once the beautiful, brand new furniture arrives. But one thing you may be forgetting is what to do with the old set still sitting in your living room.

When dealing with old pieces of furniture in your home, it usually comes down to two choices: getting rid of it or keeping it. If you choose to dispose of your old furniture, there are a number of easy options, including:

  • Donating to a non-profit organisation – local church or local charity
  • Selling or trading it online – using services such as Craigslist or eBay
  • Curbside for garbage collection – you let the trash removal company determine its fate

But if you’re reluctant to through your old furniture out, you can do something to help it find new life. There are a few options for refurbishing old furniture, such as re-upholstering a comfy sofa, or sanding off and staining a dingy cupboard, or adding a splash of colour to your old tables, chairs, and shelves.

Alternatively, you can simply repurpose your unwanted furniture. There are three ways to accomplish this:

  1. Colourisation

    Although applying a fresh coat of paint to old furniture may seem like refurbishing, it could also be used for re purposing. For instance, applying a bright and cheerful coat of paint to an old, dark bookcase could transform the case into a playful place for children to put away their toys.

  2. Alteration

    To truly repurpose old furniture, you need to modify, alter, or adapt it so it serves a completely different function. You need to look at your furniture with a different perspective and use your imagination to see what it could become. Alteration could be as simple as turning your old wooden door on its side to give your bed a headboard, or as complicated as splitting a four-legged table in half, adding a third leg, and repainting it to create two, three-legged side tables.

  3. Personalisation

    The furniture in your house can be customised to make a personal statement. For instance, decoupaging old furniture with postcards, old maps, vintage cards, sheet music, or just colourful fronts of papers can help to repurpose an old dresser into a cosy dresser with a unique style that complements you.

When it comes to repurposing furniture, there’s really no right or wrong way to go about it. Just have some fun and enjoy making a piece that suits your plans for sprucing up your space.