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Repurposed and Refurbished: 4 DIY Ideas

Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 12:15PM

Sometimes, the best renovation project is the one you start from scratch. For small-scale projects that can make for big, noticeable changes in your home, why not try one of these ideas in your Daytona home?

Floating kitchen island: Of course, this island doesn’t technically float… but its ability to move around the kitchen or dining room makes it feel that way! When you install castors and wheels to an old dresser, wide desk or side table, you can transform an old, unused piece of furniture into a multipurpose entertaining tool. You can use your floating island as a portable buffet table, mini bar or game chest… whatever suits your needs. All you’ll need is a bit of handiwork to attach your moving parts.

Fabric frugality: Don’t be so quick to toss out old tops, sweaters, blankets or curtains… these materials can be repurposed to serve as quilt patches or seat cushions. You can add some flair to an otherwise dark dining room set by adding bright red, orange or patterned ones.

Furniture that grows with age: As your children grow, their furniture should grow with them. Think about all the furniture you buy for your baby, toddler or young child—vanities, child-sized benches, or short dressers, for example—don’t just throw or give them away when your child grows out of them! Repurpose these smaller pieces of furniture to serve as hallway corner tables, buffet stands, or other odds and ends.

From dresser to bench: This project might take a little more sawing and structuring, but the result is simple: a multi-drawer dresser is transformed into a desk or cozy window bench… all you need to do is remove a portion of the drawers from the bottom or top! This project adds a truly one-of-a-kind element of storage-minded design to your home.

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