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.
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.
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.
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!