24 November, 2015
Summer has come to a close and you may be wondering what to do with all your outdoor furniture that has run its course.
After a few years, especially in places that experience all four seasons, outdoor furniture can look a little haggard. If it looks like your outdoor furniture can’t take another cold winter, it’s time to repurpose it.
That’s right, you don’t have to throw your furniture away. In fact, there are a number of super simple ways you can repurpose or upcycle your rundown outdoor pieces just in time to bring them in for winter.
Here are a few ways to give some of your favorite outdoor pieces a second chance.
1. Paint Away the Problem
It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do for just about anything.
Even the best outdoor dining sets get worn down over time, but that rough, cracked surface can be remedied with a simple paint job.
If you have a pretty wooden piece, it’s easy enough to sand it down and stain it to bring that wood back to life. But it might also be nice to completely transform the piece with a bright, new color. Try a soft turquoise blue or royal hunter green and use the revamped furniture to transform an interior room.
To really repurpose the item, use chalkboard paint. You can create a cute message board for the kitchen or fun piece of furniture for your child’s room with a simple coat of paint.
2. Side Tables Galore
Outdoor side tables are endlessly versatile. They can seamlessly move between indoor and outdoor spaces, they can stand alone or be gathered together, and they are always handy to have nearby.
Switch out your tired nightstand with a refurbished side table or create a collection of tables in your living room for an eclectic look that lets you cleverly mix styles without losing any utility.
With a lamp and stack of books, any outdoor table can easily become a part of your indoor decor.
3. Clean The Rug
Rugs are the silent heroes of decorating. These subtle accessories can completely change a room, and they’re fairly easy to replace and store.
Refresh your interior space with an outdoor rug. Because outdoor rugs are designed to withstand the elements, they should be fairly easy to clean with a power wash in the backyard. And their short fibers make outdoor rugs perfect for a home with hairy pets.
4. Pot Outdoor Plants
Save the remnants of your garden by bringing the foliage inside. Potted plants can really bring a space to life and will improve the entire feel of the house in the dead of winter. That greenery is good for more than just looks!
Brighten your kitchen and living room with pots of grass, herbs, and flowers. If the pots you were using this summer have some sun damage, pull out the paint and give your pots a fresh look that matches your interior space.
5. Hang it Up
You can completely transform a piece of outdoor furniture by simply hanging it up inside. Broken chairs can become coathangers, lattice can become a photo gallery, and a ladder can display pictures and books.
These hung pieces can add a unique and interesting look to your interior space. Whether you are going for a rustic look or something more eclectic, these repurposed pieces are the perfect way to achieve the aesthetic you want.
Save your favorite outdoor furniture from going to the dump. By repurposing outdoor pieces as indoor decor, you can breathe new life into your interior space while keeping the furniture that means the most to you.