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Breathe new life into your old furniture

April 3, 2023 6:23 pm | ReStore

Is your dresser feeling dated? Is your couch no longer cool? You may be ready to bring in new furniture but what do you do with your old items?

Millions of household items end up in local landfills each year, many of them still in usable condition. Before you decide to ditch your old furniture consider recycling or repurposing them.

Here are some ways you can breathe new life into your old furniture:

1. Donate

While you might have fallen out of love with that coffee table or loveseat, it could be exactly what someone else is looking for. Our ReStores gratefully accept donations of gently used furniture, including sofas, dressers, coffee and end tables, bookcases, and more. We even offer a FREE pick-up service for large loads and provide a charitable tax receipt for qualifying donations.

Not only will your old furniture find a new home with someone who can really use it, it will also support Habitat Niagara’s homebuilding program.

See what items we accept and schedule a pick-up >>

2. Refurbish

If you love a piece’s clean lines or architectural details but hate the colour or fabric, consider refinishing it. A dated nightstand can look brand new with a fresh coat of paint and updated drawer hardware. Similarly, dining chairs can be instantly transformed with new upholstery. Search online for professionals in your area or look up video tutorials if you’d prefer to go the DIY route.

3. Repurpose

You may not have dishes or dinnerware to display in that large hutch, so why not convert it into a coffee bar? An old entertainment unit can become a mudroom coat closet, a dresser can become a bathroom vanity, and a baker’s rack can become an outdoor potting station. With a little imagination the items around your house that no longer serve their original purpose can be given a new job somewhere else around your home.

Follow the ReStore Facebook page for inspiration and tips on how to repurpose items around the house.