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Repurposing Old Furniture When It’s Time for Something New

If you follow us on Facebook at all, then you’ve probably seen some of the creative ideas we’ve posted for repurposing parts of your old furniture or other household items instead of throwing the whole piece away. We’re sure you’ve already seen more Pinterest boards and blog articles of drawers being reused in quirky ways, so we’ll focus instead on some of the materials you can use to make these creations. Below are three of our favorites here at The RoomPlace:

·        Blackboard paint. This is very popular right now, and with good reason! Add a splash of style and functionality when you turn a bland surface into something you can decorate or write on with chalk. Some of our favorite ideas:

o   If you’ve got an old (but solid) headboard lying around, repurpose it into a chalkboard. Depending on its shape and design, this would be a perfect addition to a playhouse, work room, or studio.

o   Old, worn pieces like cabinets, trunks, side tables, or dressers can get a blackboard makeover for use in the garage or other storage area, so you can keep track of what’s stored where.

·        Save old upholstery and other fabric scraps for use as accents on pillowcases and other places that need a little extra flair.

·        Create your own wallpaper (there are many websites that will allow you to do this), which you can apply to virtually anything. Give that drab piece of furniture a retro chic vibe with this technique. Add color and intrigue to the inside of a bookshelf, the face of a drawer, the top of a table—anywhere you can imagine it!    

Remember, if your furniture’s at the point where you can’t use it anymore, then it’s definitely time to buy new furniture—but with a little resourcefulness you can take what you need from your old pieces and get creative. Once you’ve finished your crafting, though, head over to one of our many Illinois or Indiana furniture stores to pick out your new pieces!

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