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You want to be sustainable, you want to recycle, reuse, replenish, so what can you possibly do with those junky crates on the side of the house? What can you do with that old suitcase you never use? Here are some handy ideas for turning old pieces of furniture into modern masterpieces.
Vintage suitcase turned vintage nightstand.
Do you still have your grandma’s suitcase from 1955? If you never use it and it’s just taking up space, turn it into a retro coffee table. Purchase some legs from a hardware store, or take a little more time to hunt for some salvaged ones, and attach them to the bottom of the suitcase. Not only do you have a cool storage space to store books or magazines, now you have a vintage tabletop!
Worn out chest turned vintage distressed.
You own an old chest that you haven’t used in decades. It’s totally out of style and there’s nothing cool about it. Here’s how to create that modern distressed look the DIY community raves about. Choose a paint color that you want showing through the top coat of paint. Kathy, proud blogger and renovation expert at Petticoat Junktion, chose turquoise.
- Wait for the first coat of paint to dry, then apply a small amount of vaseline to the areas you want to show through.
- Apply the topcoat of paint; this should be a different color.
- Wipe down the vaselined areas with a rag, the top coat of paint should come off in natural looking streaks.
- Add a decorative stencil to complete the look.
Soda crates turned vintage coffee table.
If you have at least four unfinished crates, you can make yourself a pretty treasurable coffee table. For one good example, this DIY couple built a cool coffee table and showed the process on their blog, Homevolution.
- You can stain the crates to go with a current color scheme, or leave them as a raw wood.
- Attach the crates to an old table base and lay a piece of tempered glass across the top.
- Fill the center of the table with a modern succulent arrangement or any type of centerpiece.
Two door headboard or desk.
Have some old doors lying around? If not, doors can be found in salvage yards pretty easily. You can use them for a headboard or even a long desk.
- Lean two doors vertically against the wall behind your bed. It’s so easy!
- You can even distress the doors if you think they look too new.
- For a desk, find some salvaged table legs and attach them to the underside of the door. Lay a piece of tempered glass across the top to level out the surface. Don’t forget to take off the knob.
With these ideas you can add some soul and creativity to any worn out piece of junk. Your house guests will surely compliment you on how resourceful and tasteful you are while you can rest easy knowing you’ve done the globe a small favor.
Naomi Shaw is a stay-at-home mom in Southern California. After being a stay-at-home mom for seven years she works full-time as a freelance writer. She enjoys blogging about DIY crafts and mommy tips providing insight, advice and more! She hopes you enjoy this article. Visit Her Blog Here!