Clever repurposed furniture to inspire your next furniture flip!
I love making furniture out of things that most people would toss in the trash. I don’t always know what I’m going to do with some of my ‘freebies’ and crazy thrift store finds but if I’m inspired by something I bring it home.
I’ve learned to trust my intuition and that has paid off in some very clever repurposed furniture ideas.
I should also note that I’ve sold many of these pieces in my antique store booth. Small tables and cabinets go quickly so I’m always on the lookout for small furniture pieces to upcycle.
I hope the tips and ideas below inspire you to get creative and make your own repurposed furniture or give a tired old furniture piece a fresh new look!
1. Red Industrial Console Table
This is one of my favorite upcycles! I found this narrow red toolbox lid tucked away in the garage after we bought our house and I decided to use it as a tabletop. It took a little time to find the right industrial pipe legs for it but I love how it came out.
To avoid drilling holes into the red enamel top, we secured a piece of wood underneath the lid (bolted at the sides where there were already holes) and attached the pipe legs to the wood.
2. Ladder Transformed into a Stand with Drawers
The idea for this ladder makeover was an upcycle that I saw on the show Flea Market Flip (Season 11, Episode 13 if you’re curious).
All of the materials used to make this cute little storage shelf were things that I already had, the ladder, the drawer pulls and even the scrapwood used to make removable, sliding drawers.
3. Thrift Store Table with Refinished Top
I love it when I find a piece of furniture that needs just a little work. That was the case with this beautiful table. The top was marked up. It looked like cigarette burn marks so I just sanded the top down and left the rest the original ivory finish.
After a fresh coat of stain to the top and a coat of polyurethane, it was good as new!
4. Luggage Rack Table
I find old luggage racks at the flea market regularly and they make great table bases.
Here I drilled four holes (one in each corner) and attached a salvaged wood drawer for the top with long screws and a hex screw on the end.
You could use anything for a tabletop, in the past I’ve used wood picture frames and trays. I’m using this little table as a display table in my antique booth but you could certainly make tables like this for a bedroom or to use as a coffee table.
5. Paris Side Table
Turn a hat box into a small table with storage.
When I saw this large wooden hat box at the antique store I knew it had potential. After cleaning it up, I painted it with white chalk paint and added hairpin legs to transform it into a chic little side table.
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6. Mini Metal Locker
I bought this locker from the thrift store for $5. I’m not sure where it came from but it looked like it was pulled out of an abandoned hospital! I almost passed it by but the pipe legs were very unique so I decided to take it home and give it a refresh.
I liked the original bold blue on the inside so I decided to spray paint the whole thing a new bright color –Gloss Lagoon from Rust-Oleum.
For contrast, I lined the shelves with patterned removable wallpaper from Dollar Tree and added a new vintage white ceramic knob. This simple little cabinet is the perfect size for a kids’ room or to use as an end table in a small space!
7. Window Table
If you have an old window or two, don’t throw them out. They are perfect for making everything from suncatchers to tables. To read more about this table and get more ideas on what to do with old windows, check out my post… 6 Creative DIY Projects to Repurpose Old Windows.
8. Pool Noodle Ottoman
When the summer season is over and you’re closing up the pool, don’t throw out those pool noodles! Recycle them into a fun ottoman for the living room or kids’ room. To read more on this one, hop over to the full post –> How to Make a Pool Noodle Ottoman.
9. Patriotic Pedestal Table
I couldn’t pass up this rusty old tin and I already had the perfect pedestal base to perch it on from another upcycle project. To prevent further rust I added a coat of polyurethane.
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10. Racing Stripe Side Table Makeover
Add pizazz to a boring table by adding a simple racing strip!
I bought this mid-century modern phone table to upcycle and sell in my booth. In order to appeal to most buyers I decided to paint the table with light gray chalk paint and add a racing stripe in white using painter’s tape.
11. Folding Curio Stand Makeover
This vintage folding curio stand was tucked away in an antique store. It was wobbly and dated but I loved that it folded up and I had never seen anything quite like it.
I decided to paint it with Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint in Kudzu green and later I buffed in a little Dixie Belle Best Dang Wax in Brown. To give this little shelf an even more weathered look, I lightly sanded the high points.
12. Scrap Wood Media Shelf and Side Table
Last but not least, these rustic furniture pieces. My hubby made me a media table and a side table using 2 x 4’s and scrap wallboards that were left over after we renovated our 4-season room. We just couldn’t bear to throw all of that wood away!
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