Contemporary-Mid-century

Open Doors: “This beautiful period house is here home to B&B Italia design furniture: a perfect balance between old and new, and a terrific interior styling with even some remarkable vintage pieces, such as that astonishing mid-century pendant lamp, designed by Bruno Gatto for Stilnovo, c1950… so chic!!!!” House tour on MadAbout Interior Design 

22 Clever Ways to Repurpose Furniture

Lawyers’ Bookcase: This antique cabinet serves as a handy nightstand with its ample storage, wide counter space and tons of character.

Wood Soda Crates: Four old soda crates make a combination coffee table and shadow box. The crates were attached to an old table base, then a piece of tempered glass is laid over top.

Mid-Century Makeover: Two-tiered end tables and nightstands were all the rage back in the 50s. The design is very practical. With a new coat of paint or finish, an old relic like this can become an indispensible piece of furniture.

Pinball Wizard: An old pachinko game was repurposed into a conversation-piece table. To make the transformation, ornate legs were simply fastened to the bottom of the game.

Reverse Stencil: There’s almost nothing paint can’t fix. Floral patterns were blocked out over the original wood finish while the whole table was painted white. The results are earthy-looking flowers on a crisp white palette.

Dewey Decimal Table: This side table brings together many elements and styles. Retro metal legs were attached to an old library card catalog cabinet, then a mirror was placed on top for a little glamorous flair.

Outdoor Table: Old coffee tables are a perfect addition to a front porch. Look for a flea-market special and use a high-gloss, exterior paint that will stand up to the outdoors.

Poultry Crate: Farmers used to use these old wood crates to carry chicks and hens to market. This one found new life as a coffee table with plenty of storage for board games and books.

Trunk Space: Steamer trunks come in many sizes, shapes and colors to match almost any decor. And the best part: they’re great for additional storage.

Front Door: An old door finds new life as a coffee table. The rustic finish is perfect for a family room – you can put your feet up, spill soda on it, not use your coaster – it doesn’t matter – it’ll all add to the natural, rich patina.

From the Typing Pool: Old metal typewriter tables can often be found at flea markets and antique shops. These sturdy structures are a perfect height for a bedside table.

Checkers or Chess, Anyone?: A salvaged-lumber table is made to multi-task when simple red squares are painted on top to make a checkerboard.

Log Slice: With the natural-wood top and retro legs, this table combines earthy-contemporary design with a mid-century modern aesthetic.

A Coffee Table That Grows: On a warm summer’s evening, an outdoor coffee table filled with sod is the perfect place to put your feet up and feel the grass between your toes.

Timber Table: The hardest part of making this table is lifting the heavy timbers. The easy construction requires no miter cuts, no trim pieces, no dovetails, just a few rustic timbers fastened together.

A Trio Makes One: If you can’t find just the right coffee table, group two or three smaller tables together. It’ll give you flexibility and allow you to mix different styles.

Barn Wood: Weathered timbers make a solid table and can go with many styles – rustic, old world, contemporary, eclectic and more. The angle cuts on the legs of this table give it an Asian flair.

Pink Spool: A little pink paint helps turn an industrial wire spindle into a combination coffee table and book rack.

Factory Cart: Industrial-cart coffee tables have been in vogue for some time now, this butcher-block style cart makes a wonderful contrast to its modern surroundings.

Wood Crates: Two old crates stacked on an industrial cart make a portable shelf. The hinged openings make it easy to hide away clutter.

Table Over Ottomans: This coffee table was made specifically to fit over top storage ottomans, thus providing a soft place to put up your feet as well as a hard surface to put down your drink.

From Music To Cocktails: An old 1950s stereo cabinet was gutted to transform it into a bar table.

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As you might have guessed, I enjoy making and styling miniatures from all eras. While I prefer contemporary and mid century modern, anything with a vintage or retro vibe goes!  The more “granny” the merrier!

The wallpaper is vintage dollhouse paper from an estate. The print is a copy of wallpaper in President Roosevelt’s estate. The rug, bed and bedding are modern, sewn by me….including the embroidered pillow. The rest is vintage!


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