I hate spending money, go figure, which is why I love the idea of up cycling. You can get a modern day individual look for almost nothing; now that’s a win in my book.
When it comes to lifestyle furniture, the best pieces are the ones with the most history and those of a quirkier nature, and as a mum who has a lot of rubbish lying around, up-cycling furniture I already have is a dream come true.
I get a real kick out of saving money anyway, and reusing furniture has become a great way for me to save money and give the kids new toys or new accessories to use.
It doesn’t have to be unused family heir looms either, far from it. You can even pick stuff up for free from your local Facebay or Gumtree sites.
So if you like the idea of up-cycling but have no clue where to start, then these hacks are going to not only blow your mind but will help you save a considerable amount too.
Old Crib into Toddler Bed
This is so simple and had me screaming “why didn’t I think of that” to my husband.
Made from an old crib, everything is used. Just by raising the bed part higher and chopping off a part of the side to form a ladder, this toddler bed is every kid’s dream and costs next to nothing make!
Dresser turned Bench
We’ve all got an old dresser somewhere, even if it’s currently holding old un-watched DVDs. (No comment.)
Instead of it collecting dust or taking up room, why not turn it into a bench? Perfect to give everyone a place to sit when they take their shoes off at the front door.
Just by taking the front off and giving it a lick of paint, this dresser became a bench for everyone in the family to use. Win!
Crib Springs into an Inspiration Board
Now this one just blows my mind! Using the bottom of an old crib, giving it a spray paint and pinning it up on your wall can give you an inspiration board or just somewhere nice to put up all the kid’s pictures.
Find out how to make your own Crib Spring Inspiration Board here.
Timber to Bench
I’ve got so many pieces of timber sat around the side of my house that I just haven’t had a chance to dump.
Now I feel bad for even thinking about getting rid of them.
From old timber to stunning bench, a few heavy straps and hairpin legs can turn even the most used wood into a gorgeous piece.
My kids love Lego but tend to loose the bits as soon as a box is opened. So when I saw this up-cycling Lego Table idea, I fell in love.
Using an old foot stool, keeping the shape but making the top a basket holder, not only gives you somewhere to keep all the stray Lego but also gives the kids somewhere flat to play it.
Just giving this a lick of paint too, can do an old piece of furniture the world of good.
Door Frame to Picture Frame
For zero money at all, you can turn an old door into the funkiest photo frame and coat holder.
Using just four huge screws to hang it up, can give you a center piece that you would have thrown away!
Crib Drying Rack
Well, I know what I’m going to be making this weekend.
By using an old side of a crib, and hanging it up on a door, you can make a drying rack for all your clothes.
This is genius!
Costing just a couple of bolts and some hinges, this airier is a real bargain and looks great too.
Side Dresser into Play Kitchen
No more Ikea kitchens for my kids! This brilliant Play kitchen is rather more complicated than I normally like, but the finished product is amazing and uses everything you’d have laying around the house unused.
Cabinet to Kids Work Bench
I love the idea of using a far gone cabinet and turning it into something the kids can play with.
Add a couple of corner brackets and some creativity, and you have yourself an amazing Kids Work Bench for hardly any money at all.
So what do you think? Have you tried any of these? Have they inspired you to pump life back into your old furniture? Let me know in the comments below.
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