10 Ways to Repurpose Vintage Furniture

10 Ways to Repurpose Vintage Furniture

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Nancy Mitchell
Dec 26, 2016
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Maybe you fell in love with a unique piece at a thrift store or estate sale that doesn't really fit into your lifestyle. Maybe you have a beautiful china cabinet that's been passed down through generations of your family, but hardly any china. As the way we live changes, sometimes certain pieces become a bit obsolete — but that doesn't mean you have to throw them out. Here are nine ways to repurpose vintage furniture for your modern lifestyle.

Above: As seen on Lonny, a secretary can also make a great home bar.

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Closet not big enough? House the overflow in a vintage china cabinet, as seen on Design Sponge.

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A smaller display cabinet is great for storing shoes, as in this image from Lonny.

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A vintage armoire is a lovely and creative way to organize an existing closet, as seen on Urban Outfitters.

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A demliune hall table can make a great workspace or laptop desk in a small space. Image from Flodeau.

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A vintage table or cabinet also makes a great bathroom vanity, as seen on BHGRE.

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If you love plants and are at a loss as to where to put them all, try repurposing an old piece with lots of drawers as a planter, as seen on Refinery29. (You'll probably want to line the drawers to keep the wood from rotting.) Bonus: you can still use the other drawers, as long as your plants don't grow too wild.

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Here's another example of the same thing outside, from The Farmer's Almanac.

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Put an antique table to work as an island in your kitchen, as seen on KK Living.

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Use an old china cabinet or pie safe for extra storage in the kitchen (or to show off your home bar. Image from My Domaine.

Re-edited from a post originally published 12.28.15-NT

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