Old Furniture With a New Purpose

June 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

outdoortable_istockFurniture typically has an unwritten expiration date when it gets overly worn or is no longer in style. Although shopping for new furniture is always fun, what should you do with those old pieces? Instead of throwing them out, check out these unique ideas and consider giving them a new purpose.

Create Your Own Play Kitchen

Any family with small kids can repurpose an old media center into a toy kitchen for the play room. A little paint and ingenuity can go a long way. An added bonus of reusing a media center (instead of having to purchase a new and expensive play set) is that your little ones get to pick out their favorite colors for the cabinets and counters. This way, you don’t have to settle for the colors Fisher Price decides are appropriate.

Learn more about this fun DIY project from Babble. Babble has many additional ideas for turning old furniture into new household items.

From Indoors to Outdoors

Coffee tables that have served their purpose indoors can make their way outdoors and be used as porch furniture. Whether your coffee table has seen better days or just isn’t fitting into your new, modern home, there’s no need to take the table to the curb. All you need to do is sand and paint the piece in a color that matches your outdoor décor. Add a coat of sealant to protect your new patio furniture from the elements and it’ll last even longer.

Depending on the amount of room you have outdoors, you could also use this idea for a dining room table. Outdoor dining areas are very “in” right now and converting an old table can help you host some great summer parties.

Kitchen Islands

Old tables and even desks can be turned into a kitchen island with some sanding, paint and a piece of butcher block. When you’re redoing your home office, consider salvaging that old office furniture for use in the kitchen. Homes that don’t have islands instantly gain counter space, without the need for a costly renovation. Drawers or shelves can be used to store dishes, linens or even non-perishable food items.

These are just a few of the ways you can repurpose old furniture, giving it a new life, style and purpose. However, if your old furniture is really cramping your new style, visit us at Cardi’s of MA and RI to browse our wide selection of high-quality, stylish furniture pieces. We can show you how affordable the furniture of your dreams can actually be.

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