Repurposing Furniture: New Uses for Old Sideboards

I love the idea of re-purposing things and thinking outside the design centers to furnish my home.

I get bored with the same old products and ideas that look identical to what is in my neighbor’s house.  Imitation might be the greatest form of flattery, but it can also be kind of boring. I love it when I can use something totally unique that no one else has. I love to find my own personal style as well as finding bargains. Oftentimes that involves buying things from consignment shops, antique stores or garage sales.

Bathrooms are really fun rooms to work on because they are usually quite small and easy to furnish. Yet, a good quality attractive vanity for your sink can cost a pretty penny. When we were remodeling our family’s vacation house bathroom, we knew that we wanted something fresh and unique for the vanity. So, off to the consignment shop! We came home with the perfect beach house vanity — a blue dining room sideboard! No painting required!


We then took the top of that sideboard, the china hutch, and gave it a new purpose too. It is now in the laundry room, ready to store cute containers filled with laundry soaps (this is still in progress, completely un-styled, as you can see!).


My blogging friend Meg Duerksen just completed a new old bathroom. By new old I mean that it is completely new, utilizing old things. This is a great makeover! She found this nifty old buffet and converted it into her bathroom vanity! I am in love with the transformation the coat of white paint made!


megs cabinet before


megs bathroom 3

What have you re-purposed in your home? I’d love to see your great ideas! Share the photos on the Facebook Page and I just might feature them in an upcoming post!

*Special thanks to Meg Duerksen for giving me permission to share her bathroom photos! Visit her blog for more amazing photos!

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What do you think?



  1. 6

    If your interested in quality bathroom vanities, Quality Bath has great services and a 110% guarantee.

  2. 7

    You are so creative….I love those ideas!

  3. 8

    I’ve always wanted to turn a dresser into a sink.

  4. 9

    Those are so beautiful and very inspiring.

  5. 10

    Those are great. I just love what can be done with some paint.

  6. 11

    Those are great. I just love what can be done with some paint.