DIY recycling projects have no hard and fast rules. With beauty being in the eye of the beholder, you are only limited to your own imagination and creative ability when it comes to recycling old furniture pieces into new home furnishings.
These tips and tricks for recycling old furniture can help to spark your creative imagination and get you started creating new home furnishings by looking at old furniture pieces from a different perspective.
Start by scouring flea markets, yard sales and consignment shops to look for bargain priced furniture that has a finish you won’t mind painting over. Look for details in the wood or clean line design of the old piece that you like. Don’t worry if some of the hardware is missing or if the old furniture piece is a little wobbly, that can easily be fixed and those issues can help you negotiate an even lower price for the old furniture.
Be creative when looking at old furniture pieces. In a DIY recycling project, that old furniture piece can become something totally different than what it was originally designed to be. An old folding screen or old wooden door can be recycled into a bed headboard, an old wooden trunk or antique ice box can be recycled into a dining room side board or base for a new kitchen island.
Adding wooden legs or sawing wooden legs off will transform a piece of old furniture into the perfect height for your new home furnishing. Stacking two nightstands or end tables and refinishing the surface will create an entirely new home furnishing.
Browse your local home supply center and look beyond the primer and paint for inspiration. Knobs, castors, hinges, stencils, wallpaper and moldings can spark your imagination on how you can recycle old furniture into new home furnishing piece.
Surprise yourself with a bold color choice when choosing the fabric or paint color for a piece of old furniture. A pair of old wooden chairs painted bright red can add that pop of color needed in a room that is all neutral colors. Old furniture with sleek lines painted in high gloss black will give the piece a fresh, new modern look. Colorful vintage scarves or fabrics can be mounted and framed as wall art or sewn into throw pillow covers.
Wallpaper isn’t just for walls, you can use wall paper many different ways when recycling old furniture. Wallpaper can be used on the tops and/or sides of a nightstand or chair side table. Wooden chair backs or dresser drawer fronts can be covered with a wallpaper design while the rest of the furniture piece is painted in a coordinating color.
Any piece of wooden furniture that you recycle into new home furnishings that will sustain wear to the surface can be protected by topping it off with a coat of polyurethane.
Everything old can become new again with DIY recycling imagination.