PHOTOS: 12 Ways to Upcycle Thrifted Furniture

Furniture accounted for 8.8 million tons, or 3.6 percent, of our overall waste stream in 2005 (quadruple the tonnage in 1960), according to the EPA. One man’s trash may be another thrift store-lover’s treasure, but let’s get serious: That $2 coffee table isn’t doing anyone any good sitting in the garage. Dust off that stash of thrifted furniture and check out these 10 creative ways to give it a second life in style. Not a thrift store enthusiast? Don’t worry. One look at these projects may change your mind.

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Mary Mazzoni

Mary Mazzoni

Based in the Phoenix metro area, Mary is a lifelong vegetarian and enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, biking and relaxing in the park. When she’s not outside, she’s probably watching baseball. She is a former assistant editor for Earth911.

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  • Rosie G

    A great post. It’s brilliant that you can customise furniture like this. I’m a massive fan of customised furniture, it really gives the home a nice personal touch.