How to Repurpose Old Furniture

Kira Hasegawa 24/08/2015

The change of season is fast approaching, and with that comes the inevitable spring clean. This yearly clean out is ideal for families trying to start the warm season off with a positive atmosphere and reduce the clutter build up that occurred during the cooler months. Old books, broken chairs and unused clothes are just some of the items we readily rid ourselves of come spring.

While we may be tempted to simply throw out our old furniture along with all the excess clutter, why not use this opportunity to repurpose some of these pieces? This is a great way to save money as well as keep the kids occupied while you sort out their toys!

Add to your children’s play area

Throughout the cleaning process, the last thing you want is for the kids to get in the way. Kill two birds with one stone by using your cheap mattress as a temporary trampoline or soft landing area in your backyard. Repurposing your old mattress can help you to reduce your waste, cut back your tip costs and also keep the kids busy while you sort through the clutter.

Repaint to repurpose

Old wooden chairs and tables can be jazzed up with a splash of colour. If you are looking at your tired dining chairs and thinking of replacing them, consider giving them a new colour or shifting them outside as chairs under your pergola. Take your timber dining chairs and paint them a variety of colours, place them around your backyard to brighten your garden as well as give them new purpose.

Think outside the box

Your old bookshelf doesn’t always need to be a bookshelf. Give it a new coat of paint and use it in the kitchen or dining area as a wine shelf or pull the shelf apart and use the wood to build some small planter boxes in your garden. Old suitcases can be stacked in a corner and used as a decorative piece or side table. Use your imagination to determine if you should repurpose or throw away.

Keep your costs low, whilst still de-cluttering and refreshing your home. A spray of paint here and there or an imaginative use for a standard household item can turn your spring cleaning into a whole house facelift.

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