19 Ideas for Repurposing Furniture for Business or Pleasure

2 Dec

Repurposed furniture is a popular design choice in homes around our big, beautiful country.  Simply put, repurposed furniture is a piece that is taken from its first, intended use and reused in a different way.  For example, a dresser that is slightly altered and then used as an entertainment center.

Photo Credit: reclaimed home on flickr.com

Photo Credit: reclaimed home on flickr.com

If you’ve been looking for a creative outlet, or a way to generate some additional income, finding and repurposing furniture is something to consider.  While you’re browsing yard sales, estate sales and storage lot auctions here are a few ways common items that can be given new life:

Doors/screen doors can become a coffee table top, a coat tree if given hooks, a photo display area by adding wire and small clips, a headboard, or a privacy screen.

Photo by David Costa

Photo by David Costa

Old wooden boxes, crates or baskets can become book-storage, side tables, a home recycling center, a charging station for electronics, toy or dirty laundry storage.

A Dresser can become an entertainment center, dish cabinent, bathroom vanity, a bar or wine rack.

Wooden chairs can become an outdoor planter or pet food tables when a hole is cut out of the seat to hold a container.

Pallets have many uses, from hanging planters, to daybed platforms.

Photo by eren on flickr.com

Photo by eren on flickr.com

The key to this business is to find low priced items with great potential, and then spend the time and elbow grease necessary to create a new, and desirable (read sell-able) piece.  Experiment, try a variety of items and see which is most popular.

If you’re not interested in starting a new business, no worries!  Maybe you’ve got a space in your home that needs “just the right” piece or a friend of partner you want to surprise this Christmas with an amazing gift.  Repurposing found items can be great fun.  Enjoy the hunt, the process of cleaning, painting and revamping, and then, the satisfaction of your finished product.

We’d love to see photos of furniture you’ve repurposed and used at home or sold to customers!


2 Responses to “19 Ideas for Repurposing Furniture for Business or Pleasure”

  1. Janet Ladner January 18, 2015 at 6:28 am #

    I was a Computer Programmer/Analyst for 19 years and hated every minute. I was a frustrated interior decorator. After a nasty divorce and trying to find ME I started buying unique pieces of furniture, and there isn’t a whole lot of that around here, but I managed be spending a lot of time looking. I repurposed some and suggest it to my customers. I have a thriving home business and enjoy life now. It’s so rewarding to see something ugly and am able to redo ot and people actually come and buy. I feel better than I have ever felt in my life. And to add a nite I am 71, disabled and a Breast Cane survive since ’96.

    • oldvillagepaint January 20, 2015 at 12:59 am #

      Janet- I love how you describe yourself as a “frustrated interior decorator” hiding inside a computer programmer! Love hearing that you are enjoying your redo projects and enjoying life!

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