14 Ways to Give Old Furniture a Second Life

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:

  • Dresser to Bench 1 of 14
    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
  • Media Center to Play Kitchen 2 of 14
    Media Center to Play Kitchen
    There are picture of old furniture turned play kitchens all over Pinterest. It's such a clever repurpose and makes for a much better kitchen set than you could ever buy in a store. This is the cutest one I've ever seen — an amazing gift to a little girl from her grandparents.
    Photo and tutorial via Giggleberry Creations
  • Coffee Table to Chalkboard Table 3 of 14
    Coffee Table to Chalkboard Table
    I've seen several coffee table makeovers for kids — glue on a lego base, paint your own train scene or turn it into this chalkboard table for small children.
    Photo and tutorial via No Dime Designs
  • Dresser to Kitchen Island 4 of 14
    Dresser to Kitchen Island
    I so desperately want an island in my kitchen, but we just don't have room for it. Not if we plan to eat in there anyway. Someday, I'll reclaim my dining room (it's an office right now), and turn one of our old dressers into a sturdy island.
    Photo and tutorial via Little Green Notebook
  • Dresser to Media Center 5 of 14
    Dresser to Media Center
    Here's another way to remake your dresser — revamp it as a media center for the bedroom.
    Photo and tutorial via Number 2 Pencil
  • Changing Table to Laundry Station 6 of 14
    Changing Table to Laundry Station
    This laundry station is a great way to grow up the changing table. We use our old one as a buffet — I just gave it a good scrubbing and switched the drawers from diaper to tablecloth storage. I've also seen a lot of people using theirs as a wrapping station — another smart idea to reuse something the kids outgrow quickly.
    Photo and tutorial via Sexy Lexi's Kool Krafts
  • Nightstand to Play Workbench 7 of 14
    Nightstand to Play Workbench
    After all the play kitchen pics I've stumbled on, it was refreshing to see furniture repurposed for little boys, too! This workbench is a brilliant way to reuse a nightstand or end table.
    Photo and tutorial via The Frugal Granny
  • Bookcase to Wine Cabinet 8 of 14
    Bookcase to Wine Cabinet
    Add a few under cabinet glass and bottle racks to turn your bookcase into a wine cabinet. It's such a fun, inexpensive makeover.
    Photo and tutorial via Apartment Therapy
  • Bookcase to Curio Cabinet 9 of 14
    Bookcase to Curio Cabinet
    Add a few doors, and you've got a great display cabinet instead of a bookcase.
    Photo and tutorial via Better Homes & Gardens
  • Crib to Magazine Rack 10 of 14
    Crib to Magazine Rack
    With constant safety updates and recalls, cribs lack resale value. I'm kind of bummed we already tossed ours because this magazine rack is brilliant and requires no work at all — just a quick, 90° turn.
    Photo and tutorial via Blue Cricket Design
  • Wood Doors to Daybed 11 of 14
    Wood Doors to Daybed
    Okay, so doors aren't really furniture, but I'm kind of amazed with this repurposing idea. The daybed turned out fabulous!
    Photo and tutorial via Design Sponge
  • Bookshelf to Minibar 12 of 14
    Bookshelf to Minibar
    Here's another makeover for a freestanding shelf. Turn it into a mini bar, instead!
    Photo and tutorial via Love Maegan
  • Chair to Shelf 13 of 14
    Chair to Shelf
    I have an old chair that my grandpa gave me as a child, just begging for a fun use like this! I may simply paint it and hang it right side up to use as yet another bookshelf, but I love the unique towel rack here.
    Photo and tutorial via HGTV
  • Desk to Nightstands 14 of 14
    Desk to Nightstands
    One desk becomes two nightstands with this brilliant makeover. The side drawers of an old desk are repurposed into stand alone furniture.
    Photo and tutorial via Sugar Bee Crafts


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