Do it yourself Clever Ways to Repurpose Furniture

Do it yourself Clever Ways to Repurpose Furniture.

Do it yourself “ DIY “ is the method of building, modifying, or repairing things without the direct aid of experts or professionals. Academic research has described DIY as behaviors where “individuals engage raw and semi-raw materials and parts to produce, transform, or reconstruct material possessions, including those drawn from the natural environment.

Log Slice
With the natural-wood top and retro legs, this table combines earthy-contemporary design with a mid-century modern aesthetic.

Lawyers’ Bookcase
This antique cabinet serves as a handy nightstand with its ample storage, wide counter space and tons of character.

Wood Soda Crates
Four old soda crates make a combination coffee table and shadow box. The crates were attached to an old table base, then a piece of tempered glass is laid over top.

Dewey Decimal Table
This side table brings together many elements and styles. Retro metal legs were attached to an old library card catalog cabinet, then a mirror was placed on top for a little glamorous flair.

Pinball Wizard
An old pachinko game was repurposed into a conversation-piece table. To make the transformation, ornate legs were simply fastened to the bottom of the game.

Log Slices
This pair of accent tables was made using rough-cut lumber and old metal chair legs. Design by Joanne Palmisano.

Mid-Century Makeover
Two-tiered end tables and nightstands were all the rage back in the 50s. The design is very practical. With a new coat of paint or finish, an old relic like this can become an indispensable piece of furniture.

Reverse Stencil
There’s almost nothing paint can’t fix. Floral patterns were blocked out over the original wood finish while the whole table was painted white. The results are earthy-looking flowers on a crisp white palette.

Outdoor Table
Old coffee tables are a perfect addition to a front porch. Look for a flea-market special and use a high-gloss, exterior paint that will stand up to the outdoors.

Poultry Crate
Farmers used to use these old wood crates to carry chicks and hens to market. This one found new life as a coffee table with plenty of storage for board games and books.

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Originally published at on December 5, 2020.




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