Transform your old furniture with these DIY repurposed furniture ideas.
If you’re up for a challenge and want to get creative with your home decor, then repurposing furniture is the way to go. Not only is it an economical way to revamp your living space, but it is also rewarding and environmentally friendly. These 10 clever DIY repurposed furniture ideas are sure to inspire your DIY projects.
From reinventing old dressers to making use of vintage record players, you’ll be amazed at the transformation. With some imagination and a bit of elbow grease, you’ll be well on your way to having a home that’s both cozy and stylish. So get ready to upcycle your old piece of furniture, because with a little effort, you can create home decor gems that will make your space one of a kind.
Where Do I Find DIY Furniture?
Don't have a vintage piece of your own? Here are a few suggestions for where I have found old pieces.
- Thrift stores
- Flea markets
- Garage sales or estate sales
- Facebook marketplace or a classifieds group
- If your own home is lacking, why not ask relatives? There are bound to be some prizes in Grandma's attic.
Repurposed Furniture - Benches
It is so fun to repurpose furniture and all of these up cycled furniture ideas are the perfect addition for creating style in your home. A great way to continue using an existing piece is by turning it into a bench.
Retro Record Player Turned Shabby Chic Bench
Bringing new life to this retro record player was a bit of a challenge. Taking apart an old record player is a long process. These things are built well so it takes a long time to hollow them out. I made this record player into a bench. I removed the retro legs and added new bunt feet, creating a whole new look with shabby chic style.
This repurposed furniture project has a whole new look with a fresh coat of paint. I sprayed this bench with a custom mixed latex paint and then antiqued it with sand paper and glaze to bring out all the details. Different ways to distressing furniture here. I also top coated with a spar urethane to help it hold the finish.
Small Dresser Bench
This outdated piece definitely had seen better days. But that is nothing that some creative juices won't fix! What began as a small and broken dresser is now a new functional piece of furniture. The small size is great for an entry or front porch. Details here.
Large Dresser Bench
Repurposed dressers are some of the best projects! I turned this dresser into a French-style bench by removing some of the old dresser drawers and adding new pieces of wood. See the details here. Using a longer dresser like this will also provide more storage space for decor.
Turning a Crib to a Bench
Take your old crib and turn it into a bench with a little bit of creativity and a dose of hard work. This repurposing involves using a saw for cutting your crib down and creating a new seat frame with wooden planks.
Make a DIY Headboard Bench
It's amazing what is possible with the rights tools, a little paint and a headboard in good condition. This headboard may be time consuming, but it is not a hard furniture project. After it was all assembled I painted the wood with milk paint and sealed the bench with a dark oil wax. I then used a wood stain on the wood planks for added character.
See the video for more info!
Repurposed Furniture - Shelves
Old Door Turned Shelf
This DIY repurposed furniture project works best if you use an old door that is solid wood and already formed into sectioned panels. Cut your sections, add trim to top and bottom pieces, then paint! Add hardware and decor if needed.
And if style isn't enough, this hanging shelf is also an easy way to hang decor, purses, scarves or jewelry.
How to Turn a Car Bumper Into a Shelf
Looking for a really unique way to get storage and style in one? Give new purpose to a car bumper by turning it into a shelf with storage and decor.
Repurposed Furniture - Headboard
Door Turned Headboard
I love giving this old door a repurposed life. Once assembled with added crown molding, I left the vintage hardware on and used a dry brush technique for more antique character.
Repurposed Furniture - Cabinets
French Record Player Turned Storage Cabinet
Who knew that old record players could produce such great upcycled furniture ideas? This old record player was a cinch to turn into a storage cabinet because someone had already removed the insides by the time it came to me.
Next step, I then finished off this piece with paint, vaseline for distressing followed by a few touches of wax. Replace with new hardware if desired!
TV Console Transformed Cabinet
I found this beauty at an estate sale. It was amazingly well taken care of and in prime condition. You know when it has a built in TV and record system, it is made well.
But taking this piece apart was a lot of work. It amazes me how well furniture was built then versus now.
I finished this DIY repurposed furniture by painting the cabinet a light ivory and then slightly distressing the edges for a vintage appeal.
This beautiful wood cabinet is also very versatile and can be used in a variety of ways. Use it as a buffet, TV stand, dresser or clothing organizer.
Having more storage space is always a win! The deep bins on the sides can be used for any type of storage such as blankets, dishes, clothing, games, etc.
And don't you just love these gorgeous details? Now that this cabinet has been painted, you can more clearly see all the lines and character.
DIY Furniture Projects
Repurposing furniture is one of the best ways to save money and incorporate style into interior design. What better way to add character to your home than with a vintage piece that has been redone and repurposed for good use. Use these 10 DIY repurposed furniture ideas to restore one of your own furniture projects and bring a fun focal point to any room.
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