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How to recycle your old furniture

Many of us have furniture – whether at home or at our summer or country retreats – that seems outdated or aged. We may also just be a little tired of their appearance and feel like giving them a make-over to make our home more cosy. Here are some ideas on how to recycle your old furniture by painting them, adding some new touches or covering them with something.

Giving your furniture new life is wonderful not only for your pockets, but also because it's sustainable.

We hope you like our ideas!

Paint a wooden chest of drawers

Painting a chest of drawers is one of the easiest and most versatile solutions out there. Here, we painted the RACK chest of drawers—although it's lovely on its own, it's even more charming with a nice coat of paint! Here are some tips on how to do it:

  • First of all, choose a spacious, clear and airy place to paint your wooden chest of drawers.
  • Prepare the wood so the paint applies evenly: you can apply a special product for this.
  • Did you know that pine wood is one of the easiest to paint? We recommend acrylic paint; you can choose between a matte and satin finish.
  • The colours you choose will depend on the other tones of your room; but we really love this particular option! The pastel shades and geometric shapes have created a super cosy result.
  • Apply two or more coats for a more vibrant finish.

Customise surfaces with glass...

Another option we love when recycling or customising old furniture – especially tables – is changing and/or protecting the surface with glass or adhesive paper: that's right, just like wallpaper!

In this first case, all you have to do is order a piece glass that fits your table, either with a design you like or completely transparent. You can cover any imperfections on your original table by using glass that is coloured or features some design.

or adhesive paper

And if you don't want the hassle of ordering a piece of glass to cover your table but still want to fix up your old furniture, there's a much simpler alternative: lining it with adhesive paper. Cut the paper for the different parts of the furniture, whether it's a coffee table like this LACK, a chest of drawers or a side table. Follow the manufacturer's instructions to paste it down.

See more ideas on how to customise a LACK table!

    Revamp your handles: leather option

    It's amazing what you can do with the handles to liven up your old furniture. Especially kitchen handles! They tend to deteriorate quite a bit over the years; but they can radically change the look of your kitchen, depending not only on their condition, but also on their aesthetics: just take a look at this example! If you want a more cosy and rustic option, you can opt for handles like those shown in this photo, which are made of leather.

    Stainless steel handles

    If you're looking for a more modern kitchen, this is an ideal choice. Stainless steel handles also last for a very long time and are very easy to clean. All you need is a damp cloth with some mild detergent. Then dry the handles thoroughly. They are also nice and long and therefore easy to open and close.

    Revamp your sofa with a cover


    An old or worn out couch can make a living room look dingy. But if your couch is old, you don't need to throw it away or reupholster it. Have you ever thought about how easy it would be to make it look like new with a cover? They're super easy to put on and take off and are machine washable. You can also choose the colour that best matches the rest of your living room decor.

    Be sure to check out our Save the Furniture project. Together, we can provide a better future for old furniture. We all deserve a second chance!

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    We love it when customers use our products in a creative way. Why not try to do something new with them yourself? But do remember, any modifications or changes that you make to IKEA products will prevent them from being resold or used for their original use, thus invalidating IKEA product warranties and your right to return.