If It’s Broken, Don’t Toss It — Home Furnishings Edition

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If It’s Broken, Don’t Toss It — Home Furnishings Edition

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During my post-dinner walks around the neighborhood, I like to see what curb finds I can pick up. People every day toss out broken furniture that can be reused in other ways. Sure, not everything is salvageable but these ideas will get you thinking about your next repurposing project.

Dressers

If It’s Broken, Don’t Toss It — Home Furnishings Edition

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Make your own cozy bench seating with good bones from an old dresser. Create Inspire tried their hand at it with marvelous success.

Rearrange old dresser drawers and then nail them in place to create a wall unit like never before.

We can never get enough storage in the kitchen. That’s why this tutorial for a chef’s island is ideal with room for plates and cups below and a workspace on top.

My mouth dropped when I found this great DIY. Take an old tall dresser and turn it into a hamper. How great is that? No more unsightly plastic baskets!

Chairs

If It’s Broken, Don’t Toss It — Home Furnishings Edition

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What a nifty use for a caned chair back in great condition! Jessie of Nine Red had the genius idea to repurpose one into an earring rack.

As someone who always wants to give every wobbly chair a good home, this clever use of chair backs is right up my alley. Instead of taking up floorspace, reuse ornate chairs as picture frames on your walls.

There is strength in numbers when it comes to chairs. A pair of broken down chairs are combined to make a bench in this detailed DIY.

Does it get easier than this? A chair with no seat can find new life in the garden. Slip a planter into the space of the seat to create an unusual plant stand.

Cabinets

If It’s Broken, Don’t Toss It — Home Furnishings Edition

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If it’s barely hanging on, repurpose an old cabinet door into a serving tray. No matter if it’s made of wood or laminate, Rheney Williams has the lowdown.

Take the doors off on outdated media center. This DIY by Rambling Renovators turns a no-longer functional cabinet into a children’s costume closet. Easy storage means easy cleanup.

Another great repurposing trick geared for little ones is revamping an old dresser into a children’s desk. With these instructions, you can even add a chalkboard element.

Bedframe

If It’s Broken, Don’t Toss It — Home Furnishings Edition

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When my headboard didn’t have a leg to stand on, I took the footboard, still perfectly good, and made my own coatrack. My Repurposed Life explains how to do same better than I ever could.

Well there you go! Some ideas to keep you from tossing perfectly good belongings into the trash. Don’t miss my other article where I show you how to repurpose worn out clothing.

 

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