5 Astonishing DIY Furniture Ideas that you Can create in your home

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BY SHOAIB Khan  | December 17, 2022

we live in a world where it’s very easy to buy the things we need like furniture or home decorations and with so many different options we don’t really have to worry about not finding the thing we’re looking for. It’s often just a matter of knowing where to look for something or having the right budget. Some of us, however, prefer to build our own furniture and accessories. DIY furniture is pretty popular nowadays, with many great tutorials and plans available for free.

 

DIY Furniture ideas

1 .Turn a Dresser into a Shelf

Transform your old dresser into a nice storage table for your entryway in a few easy steps.

Materials:

Old Dresser

Paint or Stain

Screw Driver

Hole Filler

2 -3 Cloth Bins

Step 1: Remove the Drawers

Depending on how many drawers your dresser has will dictate how many you need to remove. Generally, you want to keep the top row to store keys/mail and other small things which accumulate in the entryway.

Remove all the other drawers. But don’t toss them, as you may be able to use them for another DIY project.

Step 2: Remove the Drawer Tracking

Next, remove all elements used to hold the drawers in place. You should be able to do this with a screwdriver. Don’t worry if you damage the paint/stain.

Step 3: Re-stain or Paint

Then, fill any holes left from the tracking using a hole-filler. Give the whole dresser a new coat of paint or stain.

Step 4: Add Baskets

After giving your dresser a chance to dry, place a few cloth baskets in the open space left from removing the drawers. Just like that, you’ve got a nifty place to keep your shoes.

2. Transform an Old Coffee Table into a Tufted Ottoman

Do you have a coffee table that doesn’t suit your living room anymore? Follow these steps to turn it into a chic tufted ottoman.

Materials:

Old coffee table

Paint (in the same color as the pleather)

Pleather or cloth in the color of your choice (enough to cover the coffee table and then some)

Furniture Stuffing

Drill

Staple Gun

Wood Staples

Glue

Screws

Buttons

Step 1: Cut and Lay Out Fabric

Start by laying the fabric over the top of your coffee table and cutting it to size. Be sure to leave a little excess on all sides so you can attach it beneath the table (and out of sight) as well as add the desired amount of stuffing.

Step 2: Staple into Place

Staple the ends of the fabric to all sides of the table, except for one—leaving enough space for you to add stuffing.

Step 3: Add Stuffing

In the opening you left, start to add stuffing until the ottoman is as full as you want it to be. Don’t overfill though, as you will still need to staple to get the tufted look.

Step 4: Create the Tufted Look

Using either the staple gun or drill, gather the fabric every few inches to create the tufted look. If you use the staple gun, simply staple the fabric to the table, then glue buttons on top (this method is recommended for a thin table).

For a thicker table, you will need to use the drill method. Using a very small bit, drill holes through the material and the table, then strig buttons through to the other side, tying them in place there.

Leave the remaining side unstapled for this step in case you need to remove the stuffing.

Step 5: Staple the Remaining Side

Staple the remaining opening shut, ensuring the fabric is pulled taught. You can add extra staples on any side to ensure it is tight.

Step 6: Paint the Legs

Paint the legs to match the tufting, or leave them natural if you prefer. Either way, once the paint is dry, you will have your own tufted ottoman.

 

3 . Use Old Chairs to Make a Dog Feeding Station

Have some old dining chairs you don’t want to toss? Make them into a feeding station for the furry members of your family instead with this easy DIY.

Materials:

Old chairs, one per dog dish

Metal bowls

Saw

Sandpaper

Primer

Wood stain/paint

Step 1: Cut the Holes in the Chairs

Measure the rims of the metal bowls you have purchased, and cut the holes in the chair just slightly smaller than the rims of the bowls.

Step 2: Sand and Prime

Next, sand the entire chair to get them rid of splinters and uneven ends. Once sanded, give the chairs a coat of primer.

Step 3: Paint the Chairs

Paint or stain your chairs with the desired colors. You can also use stencils to add labels like “drink” and “eat” to the chairs.

Once they are dry, add the bowls and your furry friend will have his very own feeding station.

4. How to Make DIY Dog Crate Furniture

Having a dog is an amazing experience, but there has got to be a better way than having that ugly crate in the corner. Luckily, there are tons of DIY projects you can use to blend your dog’s crate in with everyday furniture. Here is our personal favorite for a DIY dog crate table.

Materials:

Medium size pet crate

2 tension rods (36”)

Café Style Curtains

Kreg Jig

Screws

Drill

Four 28” table legs

Four 1×4 pine boards the length/width of your dog’s kennel

Five 1×6 pine boards

Stain/Paint

Step 1: Make a Table Top

Splice the 1×6 boards together to create a tabletop using the Kreg jig.

Step 2: Attach the Legs Together

Using the four 1×4 pine boards, place them between the legs at the top to create a table shape. Screw these into place

Step 3: Attach the Table Top

Attach the tabletop you made in step one to the top of the frame using screws.

Step 4: Stain or Paint

Stain or paint the wood the color of your choice. Allow time to dry completely.

Step 5: Install Tension Rods

Install the tension rods along the length of the table. Hem the curtains as needed, then install on the tension rods. Now your furry friend has his own little space that you can utilize the top of as well.

 

5. How to DIY Distressed Furniture

Distressed furniture is all the rage, especially when you are going for a classic farmhouse vibe. Before you go out and spend lots of money to purchase distressed furniture, check out the steps below to see how you can DIY distressed furniture using items you already have on hand.

Materials:

Paint/Stain

Sandpaper

Polyurethane

Candle

Rags

Steel Wool

A furniture piece

Step 1: Sand Your Furniture Piece

Start off by sanding the furniture. The more finished the piece of furniture is, the more you will need to sand. Wipe the piece off with the rag.

Step 2: Paint Your Furniture

Paint or stain the piece the desired color. If you want the piece to look like it was previously painted, buy two colors of paint. Paint the color you want to show through first.

Step 3: Let the Paint Dry

Let the paint dry completely, then rub a candle on the parts you want the first coat of paint to show up in. Paint the whole piece with the second color. The paint will not adhere to the wax.

Step 4: Distress the Furniture

Once the second coat of paint is dry, rub sandpaper and steel wool on the piece to remove some of the paint. Concentrate on the edges and corners to mimic natural wear.

Step 5: Add the Polyurethane to Protect the Piece

Add a layer of polyurethane to protect your furniture piece. When that is dry, you can start to use your distressed furniture.

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