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Broken Furniture Upcycled Into New

It’s no surprise that when a friend sends me a picture of a broken piece of furniture that I have a soft spot. In many cases, it depends on how badly damaged it is and how much time I have on my hands. In this instance, this stand is small and looks like a fun #trashure challenge. Broken furniture doesn’t always mean it needs to be burned or sent to the dump. There is definitely potential when it is made of wood.

Broken Stand Before Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

However, this little thing isn’t exactly solid wood, but rather a kit piece you assemble yourself made of bamboo, caning, and composite wood.

DIY TIME

First, I take it all apart and decide the best way to make use of all the parts. Here is what I’m faced with.

Broken Furniture Stand in PIeces | prodigalpieces.com

We have two caned side panels, a caned top, two shelves, and a decorative spreader. Not much, but I’m giving it my all to save what I can. Time to get out my tools and get ‘er done!Larissa Working in Woodshop | prodigalpieces.com

Obviously, the foot is missing off one of the bamboo uprights. I decide to cut off all the bamboo because that gives me just the panels to work with.

Using Circular Saw to Cut Broken Furniture | prodigalpieces.com

At first, I really have to mull over how to not make waste of any of these broken furniture pieces. Then, it finally make sense to try to reassemble as much as I can. Beginning with the top, I need to find a use for it because the base is now narrower than the top. Now that I have the bamboo legs, I chop them up into handles on my miter saw.

Cutting Serving Tray Handles | prodigalpieces.com

Then, I use scrap dowel from my stash to make them more functional.

DIY Tray Handles for Broken Furniture Upcycle | prodigalpieces.com

Here is the end result. It’s still in the finishing stages, but it’s coming along!

Upcycled Tray DIY from Borken Furniture | prodigalpieces.com

NEXT STEPS

Next, I take the rest of the pieces and put them together. First, I cut the shelves to size to the panels. Then, I cut a new spreader piece and attach the decorative piece. Last, I use a piece of cabinet-grade ply with iron-on veneer on the side. Also, I cut a piece of luan to cover the back. Not bad, eh?

Upcycled Stand from Broken Furntiure by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

After the fun of building the shelf, it’s time to figure out a finish for both. Let’s begin with the shelves. It’s fun to work on this part of the upcycling where you can see it come to life.

Painting Cane Stand from Upcycled Broken Furniture | prodigalpieces.com

First, I apply a few coats of paint with a brush to make sure I can get in the crevices. Then, I add details a d whimsy with a few color accents to make it pop a bit.

THE REVEAL

Finally, after my DIY adventures are complete, I’m eager to show you what my broken furniture looks like now. Yay! First, here’s the storage shelf.

Vintage Style Shabby Chic Cabinet with Storage Boxes by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #home #shabbychic #storage #home #furntiure

Side View of Broken Furniture Upcycled into Shelf with Storage Boxes by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #storage #home #homedecor

At first glance, it looks very much like the original since I make use of the sides and applique. However, it stands differently and now has a fun new look. The boxes are a perfect find and make the storage decorative as well as functional.

Top View of Shelf Upcycled from Broken Furniture by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #vintage #storage #home #homedecor

French Chic Storage Boxes by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #storage #french #chic

Next, here’s the tray with a fun typography addition that everyone should abide by. {{wink, wink}}

Handmade "Relax" Bed Tray made by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #handmade #home #homedecor

Vintage Style Serving Tray made by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #homedecor #farmhouse

The tray makes use of the cabinet top, the cabinet legs, and even the cabinet feet underneath. Isn’t it fun to upcycle? Now, I need to relax. haha.

Hand-Painted Serving Tray from Broken Furniture by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #upcycled #home #farmhouse

As always, my goal is to inspire you to try your hand and recreating the broken. It’s fun, it’s therapeutic, and such a blast. If you’d like to make either of these a part of your home story, you can find them available in my online shop.

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In addition, encourage others to do the same – pin and share!

Broken furniture doesn't need to head to the landfill. Upcycle it! Come see how Larissa of Prodigal Pieces created these new items at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #upcycled #home #homedecor

UP NEXT

Up next, this fun little vintage frame is going to get a new lease on life as well. See the fun new look HERE.

Thrifted Frame Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Comments

  1. Rebecca - NC says

    I’m stunned you were able to repurpose all of this!!!! Not only are they adorable, but soooooo useful!!!! You are the recycling Queen!! 👸

    • Larissa says

      I tell ya, you’re so absolutely fun!! Thank you for the smiles and giggles, Rebecca. Hugs!

  2. Judy Burnside says

    The pieces are AWESOME! Painting the bamboo and caning really freshens up the look. I would love to be able to see through your eyes – you see potential everywhere – truly a gift from God! Have a blessed day! (PS: My relatives in Europe are also dealing with terrible rains and flooding! We had that in our area a year or so ago. I hope it gets back to “normal” soon for all of you.)

    • Larissa says

      Thanks so much for the smile, Judy! It truly is fun to let things “talk” to me and become something new.
      We are slowly drying out. Glad to have rain, just not SO much.

  3. Michele M. says

    WOW. You are so clever, Larissa. I love how you save everything and always seem to make things into soooo much better.
    Well done, ma’am!

  4. Becky says

    Every scrap… Wow! You give me so many ideas!!! Nice work.

    • Larissa says

      woot!! I literally used every piece except the feet I cut off. Those were burned in my fire pit yesterday. haha! Thank you!

  5. Bryan Patterson says

    HA!!!! fantastic creativity!!! I wish I had one tenth of it. 🙂

    • Larissa says

      Guy, you do! Thanks so much for the smiles and stopping by. 😀

  6. Marie - Interior Frugalista says

    You know how amazingly talented you are, right? Brilliant how you saw handles in the bamboo legs as a way to salvage the top. I love how nothing went to waste on this upcycle. You are an upcycle/repurpose rock star, Larissa! Pinned 🙂

    • Larissa says

      You have no idea how much your words mean to me, Marie. Thanks so much for making this gal smile! 😀 And…you are equally as talented. hugs!!

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