Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Easy Repurposed Furniture


repuposed tv stand
Repurposed TV Stand to Kitchen
Repurpose by Way of Slipcover

You don't have to be a woodworker or seamstress to #repurpose your old furniture into something new.  I successfully repurposed old dinning room chairs this weekend with simple $7 slip covers that I picked up at Big Lots.  I saved well over $200 that I would have used to purchase new chairs and rescued four old ones.  These #money saving slip covers are available for just about any type of furniture at retailers such as Big Lots, Ross and even Target. Slip covers are just one money saving way to #repurpose old furniture without getting dirty.

Repurpose by Way of Location

Consider repurposing by way of location.  Old living room end tables make great night stands or children's art tables or a tiny desk.  You can purchase single children's chairs to pair with an old end table at IKEA or consider rounding up some old foot stools to serve as tiny chairs.  Old TV stands can be #refurbished into toy kitchens in an afternoon.

Old armories, side boards, and dressers all make great new TV stands when relocated to the living or family room and could potentially #save you a lot of #money over a large unit.  Consider using a dresser as a side board in your dinning room.  Repurposing old furniture is not just refurbishing it; it is considering a new way in which to use it.

Repurpose by Upgrading
 
Another way to get extended use out of old furniture is to upgrade your mattress.  European foam mattresses are all the rage but they can be expensive.  Try a new European foam mattress topper for a fraction of the cost.  European foam toppers can be purchased at Target, Overstock and Big Lots for between $20 and $100 and they can extend the length of your old mattress by as much as a couple of years.  If you have a futon with an old cover you can recover it inexpensively with a neutral toned fitted sheet of the same size or better yet a duvet.

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I did not consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I am normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. I did succeed in changing our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming where we are about to take an even bigger step and move out on a dirt road in the country where we can expand our hobby bees and more! You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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