Furniture Repurposing | DIY Projects for Your Home

Written by on November 27, 2011 in DIY, Furniture with 1 Comment

Vintage Furniture Repurposing – DIY Projects

I love to find new and different ideas for repurposing furniture that is broken, lived its useful life or just needs a pick me up. We see lots of broken down items during our treasure hunting so I keep a file full of ideas that I can go back to when I find a particularly interesting piece.

An article I just stumbled across recently that showed quite a few ideas was from the Martha Stewart website — the Home and Garden Category. I thought I would share these for those of you that also like to collect ideas for repurposing furniture.

Basket Table


basket repurposing

I loved this idea. I have come across a lot of picnic baskets and baskets with lids in my hunting adventures. I love to find different things to do with them since you can only really have so many baskets hanging around the house. Here, they have painted the basket a crisp white, added casters and are using it as a low side table next to a chair. It’s mobile and an interesting use of a basket. For the how-to, visit Basket Table.

Ladder Shelf

Step Ladder Repurposing

This is a very simple project I have used on different sizes of ladders. (I wish I had pictures to share!) In this example, The ladder is used pretty much “as is” for a bedside table. This project can be spiced up by painting the ladder to match your decor or making it chippy for a shabby chic look. Use your imagination!

Step Ladder Redo

I had two sizes of step ladders were the back support rungs lined up with the stepping rungs like the one in the picture above. I added plywood on the two bottom steps to make two full length shelves and then used them in a retail store for display. I got quite a few comments on how cute they were and eventually sold them for a great price.

Crates Shelving


Using old crates as shelving is always a great idea. Here they are shown in the shed or garage but, nice enough crates can be used inside the house too. I used to have a couple of vintage fruit crates. I stacked them, one on its’ side and the other on top on the end to make a cute vignette in my living room. You could add a plywood or reclaimed barn wood shelf with “L” brackets for even more storage.

Cupboard Redo

cupboard redo

This last re-do is not as much repurposing as re-doing. These two pieces — glass door top and cabinet bottom — were not made to go together. They were found, painted alike and crown moulding added. Then, the glass door part was placed on top of the cabinet base to create a vintage cupboard. Very cool!

Click on the photos to take you to the Martha Stewart website. There are not instruction for all the projects but there are for some. Do you have a favorite repurposed piece in your home?


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