Upcycling? … Make Your Old Furniture Work!

The Mountain Life Team Blogger July 29, 2014

Sometimes it’s time to throw it out & sometimes you can “Upcycle”.  That’s right..with a little imagination you can take that old piece of furniture and turn it into something you can boast about.  Your friends & family will ask you where you got it!  Already a pro at upcycling?  Just send us pics of your favorite projects & we’ll share it.  Check out 5 clever uses for old furniture & if you want to see more visit HGTV’s 12 Ways to Upcycle.   And remember it’s not called “old” now… it’s “vintage”!

I really like this first idea… who would have ever “thunk it”?

1. Oversized, Vintage Message Board Don’t turn your back on an old mattress. Hang a mattress spring on the wall for a one-of-a-kind, oversized message board. Donna of Funky Junk Interiors cleaned the rust from the spring with a wire brush and treated it with a clear overcoat for a vintage look. Simple clothes pins hold up messages, and hangers keep other everyday items at hand.

2. Cottage-Style Display Shelf  When you think an item has no functionality, think again. Melissa Michaels of The Inspired Room placed a small, brightly colored stepladder on the wall to function as a display shelf and eye-pleaser. The weathered finish on the ladder paired with crisp white frames on the adjacent wall gives the room a classic cottage look.

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3. Playful Kid’s Dresser

If you don’t like the look of an old dresser, update it with a bright color. Janell Beals of Isabella & Max Rooms painted a forgotten dresser with bright pinkish-red chalkboard paint for a playful look that works perfectly in a kid’s room. The dresser allows kids to use their imaginations by drawing or writing anything they want on it, keeping the walls safe from any unexpected drawings.

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4. Salvaged Home Office

This home office is filled with items from the junkyard. Sawhorses make up the legs of the desk, a wood pallet works as the desktop and an old ladder provides the framework. Donna used a garage storage unit and wood pallets as back support to create an industrial-style shelving unit to maximize storage space. Fill the shelves with vintage-inspired objects to finish the rustic look.

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5. No Damage Here!  Damaged furniture doesn’t have to be thrown away. Marian Parsons suggests hiding imperfections on furniture with decoupage. She used aged sheets of music to hide imperfections on this neglected dresser, while also giving the all-white bedroom a shabby chic look. Other items great for decoupaging furniture are maps, book pages, letters and postcards. “The treatment will hide gouges, water marks, missing veneer and other signs of abuse on furniture,” she says. Decoupaging furniture will also add dimension and distinct style to a room.

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