Old Pieces Made New

Before you toss your old furniture and fixings to the curb, consider an alternative purpose they may serve in your home. Repurposing worn-out or useless pieces can be a fun and simple summer activity, with the end result being a fabulous new accent to any living space. Traditional household items are easily put to use in unconventional ways with a swipe of paint and a little creativity. Empty picture frames are the perfect foundation for a quick DIY project and can most likely be found lying around the house. Glue the frame to a piece of mirror (found at most craft stores) for an ornate and unique wall accessory or add a sheet of cork covered in fabric to create a decorative tack board. The same can be done on a larger scale with a basic window frame. For those of you who are more adventurous, try revamping your bedroom with a recycled headboard. A salvaged door not only adds a rustic appeal to any room but it’s also a low-cost substitute for your average bed frame. Wooden doors can have a ton of character when accented by paneling, carvings or other designs. With some sanding and a few coats of paint, you can create a custom headboard that’s made to suit your style. If you’re in the mood for an over-the-top DIY transformation, take boring dresser drawers to a whole new level. Build a geometric storage unit or bookshelf by removing the hardware and stacking the drawers in a playful arrangement. Add personality to your new shelving by using bright colored paint and patterned wall paper to bring life back into the piece. These tips and tricks allow you to put a personal touch on any old furniture and make repurposing these pieces a breeze.

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