As time progresses, we all end up with furniture and home accessories that we just don't need. But rather than tossing them in the landfill, why not put them to good use by upcycling them into something wonderful? Here are a few examples to get you in the repurposing spirit.
There comes a time in every baby's life that a crib just isn't necessary anymore. But that doesn't mean you need to get rid of it. Instead, why not turn it into a chalkboard desk that your babe will be happy to use all the way through his toddler through elementary school years? A Little Learning for Two's example is a great place to get started.
A beat up coffee table or end table can make a surprisingly beautiful tufted bench if you have the handyman skills of Crafty Sisters NC. You'll need to remove the top, cut it, apply foam and upholster the cushion, but if you have the ability, the result is well worth the effort.
Coffee Table 2.0
Of course, you don't need to entirely change a piece of furniture to make it better. This Instructable shows that a mediocre coffee table can be turned into something truly spectacular with a little hard work.
Washing Machine Drum Coffee Table
You don't need to be a furniture restoration expert to make a great piece from some old junk though. An old washing machine drum, a piece of glass, a cheap lighting kit and a few nuts and bolts can combine to make a delightfully unique coffee table that is sure to get your guests talking. While this Instructable might not feature a tutorial, the images pretty much speak for themselves.
Garage Door Dining Table
A solid garage door seems like a terrible thing to waste, even if you don't need it on the front of your garage any more. This handy Instructable shows how you can easily repurpose an old garage door into a beautiful dining room table.
Old armoires can have great style, but they aren't always practical and they do sometimes suffer from old age. You can take advantage of that wonderful old styling in any repurposing project, but this aviary design featured on Empress of Creativity is a particularly beautiful example.
Chalkboards are highly useful around the house, but if you want to give yours a little extra style, a headboard can make an elegant frame as Beyond the Picket Fence demonstrates.
Bed Frame Bench
A headboard can also make a beautiful backrest on a bench, which is particularly convenient, given that the bed frame can be used to make the bench. Mak and Jill show the basic process, which looks surprisingly simple.
When you're repurposing other pieces of furniture, it's easy to end up with a few leftover drawers, fortunately, they too can be reused for clever furniture creations. This cool ottoman by Beyond the Picket Fence even takes advantage of the drawer's storage capabilities to make an even more functional ottoman.