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3 DIY Ideas To Upcycle An Old Kitchen Table

The best thing about upcycling is that it lets you get more out of your old things. Take a kitchen table, for example, you might be inclined to throw your old one away when you have no use for it. You just bought a swanky new one, so why would you keep this old hunk of junk!? Well, with the right tools and DIY expertise, you can upcycle an old kitchen table into many new things. There are too many to go through in one post, so here are three ideas to start with:

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Chopping boards

A kitchen table gives you so much material to use as you please. Not all of it will be in good condition, but you can surely find enough to create a set of stylish chopping boards. This is probably the easiest thing to make as you just have to cut out the boards from the table. Obviously, you need to treat the material so it's safe to put food on, and you can get creative with any extra touches you add to them. It's a wonderful way to create something unique that will get used just as often as your old kitchen table did!

A toy chest

Now, this idea is a bit more complicated, and you might need to sneakily find some extra materials from a timber merchant to complete it. If your table is big enough, you can probably handle it all with just that. Effectively, you take apart your table then use the materials to design a lovely chest for toys to stay in. It's a wonderful way of using as much of the table as possible and turning it into a handy thing for your home. Now, your kids have a place to put all of their toys, instead of throwing them on the floor. Or, more accurately, you have a place to put the toys after picking them up off the floor every five minutes!

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Coffee tables

This is a fun idea as you're basically downsizing your kitchen table! With a little bit of DIY work, you can transform a large kitchen table into one or two coffee tables. These would look perfect in your living room, or you could even use them as bedside tables! The beauty of this idea is that you already have the materials for legs and a tabletop cut out and designed for you. So, it's more a case of trimming things down to size. If you really want to get creative, you can make nesting tables from it. This depends on how big the kitchen table was, and if you have enough wood to make a complete set.

As you can see, there are loads of possibilities when upcycling your kitchen table. These ideas mainly apply to wooden tables, mostly because they're the easiest to transform into something else. It is possible to upcycle kitchen tables made from different materials, but it tends to be harder - and you probably require more expertise and tools. The ideas above can all be done with your standard DIY woodworking equipment!

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