LOTS of things can be done to rehab an old piece of furniture. Everyone knows you can take a beat-up piece of furniture and paint or refinish it to make it into something new. But what do you do with an old piece of furniture that is no longer necessary?
Even though computers have completely eliminated the need for the Dewey Decimal System, I have always wanted one of these and when I saw it I fell in love! Determined not to let this gem from a time gone by end up in a trash heap, I gave it a new purpose: a home for art supplies. It was perfect.
All those little drawers were just the right size for paintbrushes, pens, pencils, small tubes and sewing supplies. I thought about labeling each drawer with the contents, but then I decided to leave the old calligraphy. Someone spent a lot of time carefully writing those beautiful letters. When I forget which drawer something is in it turns into a fun game of memory.
When I found this little table I thought it would make a perfect nightstand. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the top drawer open. The salesperson saw me struggling and explained the table was a sewing table, so the top drawer swings around; it doesn’t pull out like a regular drawer. It has little pegs for spools of thread, bobbins and thimbles. I realize many people still sew for both fun and practical reasons, but I imagined this table would be in some sitting room of yesteryear so a woman could easily work on a sewing project in the evening when all the house work was done. It wasn’t really a modern woman’s piece of furniture. Plus, I already had a place for my sewing supplies.
Since it really was the perfect size for a nightstand, I decided I would use the top drawer for jewelry. It was especially good for those late nights when you just want to quickly get to bed and skip the hassle of putting things in their proper places.
The bottom drawer functions like a regular drawer, so that’s where I put books I like to read before I go to sleep.
I always like to have a glass of water by the bed, and even though the top of the table is a little banged up, I didn’t want the condensation from the glass to make a mark. I used this small, vintage tray as a giant coaster. It’s too small to actually use for serving, and I love the handmade bluebird needlepoint. If you love a piece of vintage furniture that has an outdated function, that’s no reason to discount it. Recycling old pieces makes a home or office interesting and beautiful. Just be creative, and you will find the perfect, modern solution.