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14 Ways to Give Old Furniture a Second Life

By Just Heather |

It’s yard sale season! It’s yard sale season! That means lawns all over the city are covered in bookcases, old dressers, desks, and more furniture just begging to come home with me. I can’t resist a good bookcase bargain. Ever.

For one, we have books in every room of the house. But, they are also great for storing toys, craft supplies, DVDs and games. (FYI, baby wipe containers fit nicely along the depth of a bookshelf.) You can also use bookcases to create a built-in look.

But, this post isn’t just about bookcases, as much as I love them. It’s about secondhand furniture, in general — and creative ways to revamp it for a completely different use. We have a changing table turned buffet and an old china hutch turned potting shed here at home. Using things we already had to meet our needs is the very definition of frugal.

Check out these fabulous furniture upcycles:

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Repurposing Furniture

Dresser to Bench

How cute would this bench be in a reading nook or entryway? Cut the top off a dresser, repaing, add pillows or padding, and enjoy your new bench, complete with storage for reading materials.
Photo and tutorial via Chic Staging and Design

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About Just Heather


Just Heather

Heather Sokol babbles about shoes, cocktails, and, mostly, her family. She and her geeky husband are raising four kids and losing sanity daily. They live their gluten free life on a budget while Heather shares her deals, tips and coupon savvy. Read more on her blog Just HeatherTwitter or Pinterest. Read bio and latest posts → Read Heather's latest posts →

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One thought on “14 Ways to Give Old Furniture a Second Life

  1. Lexi says:

    Whoa! Thank you for featuring my changing table! Made my day!

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