11 ways to use make old furniture look new

Black metal container to hold scissors
  1. Wallpaper on an old table

Have a scrawny table tucked in a corner and for the love of muffins you have no idea what to do with it?  Pick your left over wall paper and cover the table with it. If your wall paper is of different designs mix it up and you have a  ‘designer’ ahem table.

Table with different wallpaper
Table covered with different wallpaper

2. Fresh coat of paint

If your baby loves having stickers everywhere then I am sure that a couple have made to your table. A fresh coat of paint will give it a new look. Here are two more ways to do it;

a. Colour block that book case

Colour blocking does not only apply to clothes. Pick any three to five colours that go well together. This works well for the kids room as allows to take in the diversity of the colours. You can use them to have them remember the name of the colours.

Chest of drawers
Chest of drawers
b. Two-tone for the theme of chairs

This is the best thing I have discovered since the TV series The Originals. It allows to give your furniture colour and some sort of descending/ascending theme. If working on a chair, have one colour at the top and then in a rugged pattern paint another colour from midway of all the way downwards. You can also use different fabric to distinguish the tones.

Two tone chair
Two tone chair

3. Chalkboard container to hold office supplies

Blue-band was packed in metallic tins before the era of plastic containers. The metallic tins can be stationery holder as it gives you a vintage and edgy look. This is perfect if you are quirky and love artistic pieces.

Black metal container to hold scissors
Black metal container to hold scissors

4. Lone piece of wood as a mantel against use a piece of antique

A piece of wood that has seen better days can make the best mantle piece without you breaking the bank, probably a nail or a sweat. Paint with a colour that fits your decor and just have it against the wall and next to it a vintage piece. You are welcome.

Mantel decor
Mantel decor

5. Small stepladder on the wall as a display shelf

When you get a new ladder, use the old one as a library or a shelf on the wall. All you have to do is pin it on the wall without detaching it. You can keep the rusty or use paint to refurbish it.ladder-as-a-stand-aloen-shelf

Step ladder as shelves
Step ladder as shelves

6. Old spring mattress as a vintage message board

Why do people to bed?

Because the bed will not come to them -(Source)

If only you could ask your bed to come to you when you need it the most. But may be we can have them on the wall. Not the whole bed of course, just the frame from a spring bed and you can use it as a message board. All you Being Mary Jane hopeless romantics can finally remove the sticky notes off your mirrors onto the new message board.

spring bed as a message board
spring bed as a message board

7. Four old soda crates as a coffee table

In many Kenyan homes crates of soda are a sign of Christmas. Hitherto, the crates were made of wood and have now evolved to plastic.  If you still have these crates you can either hold an auction or use them to make a vintage table.

coca-cola crates used to make vintage coffee table
coca-cola crates used to make vintage coffee table

8. Log slices with metal chair legs as coffee tables

Pieces made from log slices have always given a space a rugged but classy look. You can use some slices to make a table or small bedside tables where you have your lamp or books.

log slice as a table
log slice as a table

9. Poultry crate to store board games and books

I went through my phase of rearing animals. Began with a cat, then a dog and finally chicken. After a year that phase was done and I was left with so much wood in the compound and not much to do with it. If this is the case for you as well, not the chicken, the wood, use sandpaper and a little vanish and you have a store your board games.

poultry crates for board games
poultry crates for board games

10. Front door as a coffee table

Who knew knocking down doors could actually bear fruit? Knock down the old door and use it to make a long coffee or dining table that can hold everyone during the holidays.

front door as a dinner table
front door as a dinner table

11. Use old belts to make a funky chair

Okay belts are not furniture but they can make amazing chairs. I am not quite sure whether they are conducive to sit on but some pieces are made to look at and stand out just in case Martha Stewart stops by.

Table made from mats
Table made from mats

There you go nothing has to go to the bin.

 

 

Author: Medrine Nyambura

Copywriter, Kijiji Agency

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