Repurposed Furniture Ideas & Inspiration

Repurposed Furniture Ideas & InspirationVintage furniture that’s dated, beyond repair, and discarded may be repurposed and recreated into one-of-a-kind accents that pop with character and live on with charm.

With paint, glaze and distressing, old headboards, often not tall enough for newer beds, may be repurposed in coat or towel racks, chalk boards, and even photo displays.

Broken old chairs may also take on a new life as coat racks. The same may be said with small cabinet doors and drawer fronts from dressers discarded by the roadside.

Even the sides and legs of coffee tables as well as the sides and ends of cribs may repurposed! You can find examples of all of these in our Repurposed Wall Pieces collection.

It’s an album with a full does of DIY inspiration and pleasure, full of ideas and our favorite repurposing projects! Dig into the collection HERE!

End Table Refinishing Ideas

End tables are a great way to introduce the upstyled look of painted, glazed and distressed furniture into your home. Learn more from the Facelift Furniture DIY BlogEnd tables are a great way to introduce the upstyled look of painted, glazed and distressed furniture into your home. Whether your choice of paint color is bold or neutral, end tables provide a unique pop of character to accent a living space.

Our End Tables Collection offers many example of how these pieces may be refinished.  If you inspire to DIY, visit this album HERE to view these and many more examples of refinished end tables.

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Sea Blue Maple End Table – Before & After

Sea Blue Maple End Table - Before & AfterThis style of end table was a first for me. Solid maple, it’s louvered doors gave it a distinct look.

With paint, glaze and distressing, I went for a rustic look. I first primed it white, then painting it Sea Blue. It was glazed Black, then distressed heavily, revealing the white primer and original wood tones.

New door pulls topped off the rustic look of this upstyled end table!


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Vintage Dresser Mirrors – Before & After

Vintage Dresser Mirrors Before & AfterVintage dresser mirrors offer a great opportunity to upstyle a dated look with paint, glaze, and distressing.   They offer a  great opportunity to think outside the box!

Take this matching pair with their 70’s style.  Originally mounted on a dresser, I recently found them forgotten in a back corner of a used furniture store.  I immediately saw the potential.

Whenever I refinish mirrors, I always remove the backing behind the mirror, and take the mirror out of the frame.  This frees me to refinish without concern of needing to tape the glass, and deal with potential bleeding of paint.

Removing the mirror also allows me to paint the back side of the frame that the mirror glass rests against. Along this area, the edges reflects the inner frame surface.  When painted, it eliminates the look of a painted finish that’s not complete.

Before painting, both frames were spray primed using Zinnser 1-2-3 Bulls-eye primer. The mirrors were painted Turquoise and “Herb Cornucopia”, a Lowe’s Valspar sample that is a pale green.  Next they were glazed black, then distressed, which popped out not only the white primer, but the original dark finish of the mirrors.

After applying one coat of water based polyurethane, the mirrors were place back in the frame, and the backing reattached using wood screws.  I’ve found screws works best as attaching with nails can cause the mirror to break due to the force of using a hammer.  Once in place, heavy duty wall mounts were attached, making the mirrors ready to place on a wall with a bold and one-of-a-kind pop of character!

Find this and many other Before & After images on our Pinterest Blog and DIY Inspiration board.


Chair Backs Repurposed into Coat Racks

Chair back re-purposed into coat rack ~ Facelift Furniture

At Facelift Furniture, we love getting creative with weary, worn, and dated pieces that can be transformed and repurposed for the home.  Our last post shared about how we upstyled two twin headboards into coat racks.  This past week, I repurposed a couple coat racks from chair backs.  They sold quickly, but I grabbed photos before they were out the door to share for some DIY inspiration!

The first coat rack was made from an antique chair that was missing a seat cover.  I cut the back off from it’s base, at angles that went with the flow of it’s design.  It was spray primed white, painted Blazing Orange, and then glazed Black.  After distressing, a single coat of poly was added for protection.  With three hooks added at the bottom, the piece took on a life of it’s own!

The second coat rack was made from an old chunky high back chair that was missing the narrow, center padding running the length of the back.  I cut it from it’s base (which is saved for a future project!), and also spray primed it white, painted it Sea Blue, and Black glaze did wonders on all the detail.  Then after distressing, a single coat of poly was applied.

Chair back re-purposed into coat rack ~ Facelift Furniture

Besides three hooks at the bottom, I also added 6 bulldog clips spray painted flat black to match the hooks.  This chair back was transformed into a coat rack and a photo display!

For more ideas on how to repurpose furniture, visit our Repurposed Wall Pieces album!

Curvy Headboard Coat Racks

One of the things I enjoy most with old furniture is finding ways to bring new life to an old piece that’s near the end of it’s usefulness.  Just because an old piece isn’t useful in it’s current state doesn’t mean it cannot be transformed into something new that’s both attractive and useful in a home.

Take old beds, for example.  Most older head and foot boards were made for beds with mattresses were not as thick as pillow top mattresses.  The head and foot boards were typically shorter, and they are now dwarfed by today’s mattresses and bedding.  It’s not uncommon to find these old foot and headboard stacked in the back of used furniture areas in thrift stores.

These twin headboards shown were great candidates for coat racks. I purchased them last spring–and like any good DIY-er they sat in my lots-of-potential-and waiting-to-be-completed pile.  With cooler weather in Texas (and summer heat behind us) I was able to work on them in my garage!

When converting headboards like these, I often find it helpful to trim down the length of the legs.  With my circular saw, I did that on both these pieces, at an angle opposite of that on the tops.

I then primed both pieces with white Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 spray primer.  The top piece was then painted Lowe’s Valspar “Lost Atlantis”, and the bottom Lowe’s Valspar “Turquoise Tint”.   I purchased sample sizes of both of these paints, and they were only $3 each.

Each piece was then glazed black, Each was distressed using coarse sand paper, and the distressing revealed both the wood tones, and white primer I had applied.  A single coat of polyurethane was applied to each to protect the finish.  I then attached heavy duty wall hangers from Home Depot on the backs, and hooks from Hobby Lobby were placed across the fronts.  The heads of the wood screws used to attach the hooks were spray painted black.

Both of these pieces now have great potential for coats, jackets, kid’s back packs, beach towels, scarves…you name it!  And they will also add charm and character as decorative wall pieces.

Bookshelf Repurposed from an Abandoned Hutch

How a discarged maple hutch was repurposed into a bookshelf - Before & After from Facelift FurnitureOne of my favorite things to do with furniture is to repurpose pieces destined for the curb.  This maple hutch top was a great candidate for the garbage heap, but I found it instead at a thrift store.

Separated from it’s original cabinet, it was in an awkward state, left to linger without much a life ahead of it.  But I saw the potential for a bookshelf, having previously repurposed an old hutch in a similar way. So out came my circular saw.  I drew a straight line along it’s sides and back, and then cut away the lower leg supports.

I then painted it Antiqued White, used Tea Stained glaze to provide a weathered look, and then distressed the piece.  With it’s original adjustable shelves, a  “new” bookshelf was born!