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9 Creative — & Cheap — Ways to Upcycle Your Old Furniture

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Don't throw out that beat-up furniture — DIY the heck out of it instead

We all have that junkie old dresser or desk that's been chillin' in the garage for the better part of a decade, but thank goodness for that slight tendency toward hoarding — because that banged-up old furniture is just destined to be turned into a work of art.

If you've ever flipped on an HGTV show, then you know that upcycling is totally in. But it's also kinda intimidating. Not just anyone can turn a hunk of junk into something you'd actually like to display in your home, right? Wrong! Honestly, it's pretty easy to DIY your old stuff. Paint, time and a little bit of elbow grease are all you need to turn your old furniture into a new masterpiece.

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Here are some of our favorite projects.

1. Pretty purple desk

Don't throw out that beat-up furniture — DIY the heck out of it instead
Image: Brepurposed

An antique sewing table was given a completely new look with purple paint, gold accents, knobs and floral watercolor paper.

2. Chalk-painted dining chairs

Don't throw out that beat-up furniture — DIY the heck out of it instead
Image: Home Stories A to Z

These thrift store finds were transformed into stunning dining room chairs for less than $50! Find out how to get the high-end look for less with this thrift store transformation tutorial.

3. Industrial dresser

Don't throw out that beat-up furniture — DIY the heck out of it instead
Image: Prodigal Pieces

Vintage-turned-industrial, this DIY furniture makeover involved paint, stencils, new hardware and a lot of sanding.

4. Gray-painted hutch

Don't throw out that beat-up furniture — DIY the heck out of it instead
Image: Mignois Home

This damaged hutch was in need of a major face-lift. With a few repairs and a couple coats of paint, this restored piece looks brand new!

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5. Chipped paint nightstand

Don't throw out that beat-up furniture — DIY the heck out of it instead
Image: Simply Designing

Brighten up a solid wood nightstand with colorful paint. This DIY furniture makeover added new hardware and used sandpaper to create a distressed look.

6. Upholstered cane chair

Don't throw out that beat-up furniture — DIY the heck out of it instead
Image: Rain on a Tin Roof via Craft-o-Maniac

From drab to fab, this upholstery project transformed a vintage cane chair into a pretty patterned statement piece.

7. Simple chest of drawers

Don't throw out that beat-up furniture — DIY the heck out of it instead
Image: My Creative Days

This worn-down desk was repurposed into a white chest of drawers for only $2.50!

8. Funky farmhouse chair

Don't throw out that beat-up furniture — DIY the heck out of it instead
Image: Design, Dining, Diapers

Painted upholstery, new fabric and black nail trim accents completed this trash-to-treasure DIY project. Check out the full list of materials for this furniture makeover to make your own.

9. Kitchen island

Don't throw out that beat-up furniture — DIY the heck out of it instead
Image: Sawdust to Stiches

You would never believe that this functional kitchen island started as a $5 cabinet found at a garage sale. To get inspired, take a look at the entire step-by-step guide for how this kitchen island was created.

Have you upcycled any of your old furniture? Share your tips and tricks for furniture makeovers in the comments below.

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