TODAY, I’M FEATURING SOME CRAZY TALENTED ARTISTS AND THEIR CREATIVE UPCYCLED FURNITURE IDEAS!
Happy Tuesday sweet SI Family!
If you have a useless piece of furniture and have NO idea what to do with it, today I have a roundup of inspiration for you. I believe we all have gems in hiding and we don’t even know it!
Today I’ve curated some super talented creatives who have upcycled their unwanted furniture into something absolutely original and gorgeous.
I’ve already picked a few for my “MUST TRY” list!
Let’s start this roundup because I can’t wait to share and hear what you think…
A BIG thank you to all the talented artists for sharing their beautiful creations. I’ve linked back to their website or social profiles underneath each image so don’t be shy…. they would LOVE for you to drop by and say ‘HI’… and be sure to say Denise sent you. 🙂
Upcycle #1 – Dresser into Bathroom Vanity
I’m kicking off this roundup with this vintage dresser turned bathroom vanity from Kelly from Lily Pad Cottage. I love how Kelly left the original tilt mirror on. Super sweet!
Upcycle #2 – Dated Coffee Table to Ottoman
If you have a dated coffee table you don’t know what to do with, Lauren from Blesser House shares how she created this tufted beauty!
Upcycle #3 – French Provincial into Double Vanity
This French Provincial has been turned into a gorgeous double vanity. I love everything about this!
Rachel – Shades of Blue Interior
Upcycle #4 – Vanity into Nightstands
Vintage vanities and old desks are perfect pieces to transform into gorgeous night tables. I love the painted and stained look Fallon at Market House Restorations did on these beauties.
Fallon – Market House Restorations
Upcycle #5 – Four Post Headboard into Desk
This gorgeous desk used to be a headboard! You can find all the details in the link below the image. I want to try this!!
Upcycle #6 – Old Drawer into Planter
Greenery anyone? I have a TON of drawers that I’ve been itching to upcycle and repurpose. Adding a stand and turning them into a planter is brilliant!
Upcycle #7 – Tallboy into Map Cabinet
Do you have a dated tallboy dresser? Katie at Little House of Four turned this tallboy dresser into a gorgeous map cabinet. I love the catalog card tags and hardware.
Upcycle #8 – Dated Desk into Night Tables
Do you have an old desk or vanity you don’t use anymore? Here’s a fun project. I separated this old desk and turned each side into gorgeous night tables. You can see the full tutorial here.
Denise – Salvaged Inspirations
Upcycle #9 – Headboard into Bench
My friend Christy over a Confessions of a Serial DIY’er has turned a $15 thrift headboard into a bench. I have to give this a try! Isn’t this stunning?
Christy – Confessions of A Serial DIY’er
Upcycle #10 – Bookcase into Faux Card Catalog
Check out what my friend Jen at Girl in the Garage did with this Ikea Bookcase. It makes for an amazing looking faux card catalog with a ton of storage!
Upcycle #11 – MCM Dresser into Map Cabinet
Here’s an MCM dresser I upcycled into an antique-looking apothecary cart. This project was super fun and you can check out the before here!
Denise – Salvaged Inspirations
Upcycle #12 – Chair into Wall Planter
If you’re looking for some garden inspiration, an old mismatched chair could be the answer. I’m in love with this sweet chair planter.
Catherine – Dainty Dress Diaries
Upcycle #13 – Chair Backs into Frames
Another project with dated chair backs — turn them into frames and display your favorite prints!
Denise – Salvaged Inspirations
Upcycle #14 – Waterfall Vanity into Nightstands
These adorable nightstands were upcycled from a waterfall dresser. I’m loving the color, shape, and knobs Megan did on these!
Thanks for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed the roundup and it’s given you a few project ideas. 🙂
I’LL BE BACK THIS THURSDAY WITH MY FABULOUS FURNITURE FIXER UPPER CREW GIVING THIS TABLE A NEW LOOK! I HAVEN’T STARTED IT YET SO COLOR SUGGESTIONS WELCOME!
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Cheri Mello says
Thank You FOR Sharing These GREAT Ideas 👏🏼👍🏼♥️SUPER CUTE 👏🏼👍🏼♥️❗️I ALSO LOVE 💗 The Fact it’s NOt bring Thrown into Landfill 👍🏼And It Is Being Made into Something NEW ❗️G-d♥️Bless😊
Thanks so much Cheri! So happy you liked this post and all the ideas!🤗
janice smith says
Hi Denise just wanted to thank you for all your tips, I just tried the foam roller for primer it took no time at all to do this table I am working on just wanted to say thanks for sharing and have a great day I’ll post picks when I am done
Wonderful!! I’m so glad you found a shortcut and it worked well for you Janice!😊
Christy James says
Wow so much inspiration…the vanities are my favorite and I love the desk made from a headboard!! Thanks for including one of mine!! Have an amazing weekend! XOXO
Thank YOU Christy! I have so many headboards in my inventory and I’d love to try a bench. I still haven’t used my Kregg jig! ugggh…lol
Denise A. says
!Yum! These really are amazing redos! I have a whole barn full of candidates….better get busy before the weather gets too hot here in the South! I have my grandad’s old trunk that my Mom painted yellow and black (ugh). I would love to strip and see how the wood looks before I give up and paint it again. It still has the original paper lining still in good shape, its the outside that makes me cringe,
I’m green with envy…lol. A WHOLE barn full candidates sounds dreamy! Your Grandad’s old trunk sounds like such an inspiring project as well. I have a feeling there would be some stunning wood under the paint! 🙂
All great examples Denise, thanks for sharing them with us. My suggestion for such a “grand lady ” of a piece would be to paint the undercoat a silver or gold………..with a black overcoat…….Bold, yes, but an elegant piece like this demands the dramatic! It will be wonderful whatever you decide to make of it! Excited to see the finished piece!!
I love your idea! I’m working on it right now and yes…there is some gold involved! 🙂
Meredith Gould says
Swooning! Seriously, swooning here in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I almost didn’t look at this post this morning because I woke up late and have stuff to do BUT that inner voice compelled me to scroll through. SO glad I did. You and your talented friends have provided the inspiration I needed for today–possible the entire week!
I’m so glad you stopped by Meredith! Enjoy your day. 🙂
Thanks for the inspiration Denise. The repurposed chairs are great! ~ Nicki
I agree, such great chair upcycling ideas! Thanks Nicki!
Liz Shivel says
Hi Denise, I always enjoy your posts and watching your videos. Color suggestion for this new piece could be a beachy, light turquoise on the bottom and while on the table top. The design on the bottom makes me think of the beach and mermaids!
Hi Liz! I wouldn’t have thought of beach and mermaids but now that you say it… 🙂 🙂
Kathy Cox says
Beautiful upcycled furniture ! Your piecrs are so inspiring . Thanks for sharing. Now if only, the thrift stores would open . 🌷
Oh I know Kathy! I’m going through Thrift Store withdrawal. I knew I loved dropping in and taking a peek but until now I didn’t realize how much!
Barbie Shaw says
Denise, I’m taking on my very first upcycled project and am going to try your slap on method for the spindles of a small table I picked up. My question is: do you sand the spindles? If so do you have any tips?
Thanks so much for inspiring me to try this project!!
Hi Barbie! If you use Dixie Belle or any other chalk/mineral paint with good adhesion, you don’t need to sand unless it’s a super slick surface. That said, I do like to take a sponge sanding pad, wrap it around the spindle and give it a light sanding prior to painting (120-180 grit), and then again with a higher grit (220+ grit) paper to smooth out the paint. I demonstrate how here at approx 7:50. 🙂
I would like to see it in black, with teal somehow.
I like this idea. Thanks Nancy! 🙂
phyllis rex says
That table base is gorgeous. I can’t wait to see your vision.
I’m really liking the paint / stain combination pieces. Is this wood salvageable ?
I’d like to see something… with a AS Honfleur / Graphite mix.. (so much grey out there)
A warmer greige could be rich.
I can’t wait to see what you decide !
Love your ideas Phyllis and I’m not sure about the wood. I was wondering the same. I think this piece is from the Bombay Co and looks really red even after it’s sanded. ??
Rebecca Ackroyd says
Beautiful and creative inspiration pieces! I love your blog- thank you!
Thanks Rebecca! Have a super day. 🙂
Hi Denise. Loving this roundup. It always amazes me how an old discarded piece can be turned into a gem. I have a few pieces of furniture hidden in my basement that could use some reimagining:). Now would be the perfect time as I’m self-isolating at home along with the rest of the world, and I’m pretty sure I’ve organized just about every closet, drawer, and cupboard in the whole house. Lol
Can’t wait to see that neat little side table painted. Personally, I’d like to see it a dark traditional color. Maybe black?
Looking forward to Fixer Upper Thursday to see what you have created. Take care and stay safe.
Hi Monique! I’ve yet to tackle my closets, drawers and cupboards but it’s on my to-do list for sure. Thanks for the table suggestion and see you Thursday my friend. XOXO
Carol S says
Thanks for this, Denise. Always look forward to your posts and ideas. Have you seen the cover of the most recent Bella Grace magazine? I would love to see you do something in those yummy colors. I’m thinking DB’s colors of aubergine, plum crazy,, tea rose and colonel mustard. It would give me the courage to try something like that on my own. Hugs!
Hi Carol! I haven’t seen the cover but now I’m curious and am going to try to find it online. Thanks for the suggestions and hugs back. 🙂
Carole Atkins says
All excellent transformations!!!
Thanks Carole! There are a few ideas here I’m itching to try! Have a super day my friend. Hugs
I hope you are keeping well. I love all these wonderful, inspirational pieces. There are some very talented folk in the world. Thanks for sharing. Annie.
Hope you’re keeping well too Annie!XO And I agree. These talented artists have come up with some pretty amazing ideas. 🙂
Great post. I would love to see your next project Table in Navy Blue.
Love me some Navy! Thanks Lisa! x