20 Genius Ideas for Repurposing Old Bookcases Into Exciting New Things

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I’m always up for a good repurposing project, so when I ran across these amazing things that you can do with bookcases, I had to share. What’s great about these is that you can buy old bookcases at most thrift stores or yard sales for just a few dollars each. So, if you don’t have a bookcase on hand, it won’t cost much to get one and you can do wonderful things with it! From headboards – who wouldn’t love a bookcase headboard? – to coffee tables and even some cool things for the kids, you can turn that bookcase into any number of beautiful new creations.

Repurposing is seriously one of my favorite pastimes. I just love how you can take something and make it completely different – and in most cases so much better! I love the idea of turning old bookshelves into new things and if you have an old bookcase that is a bit worse for wear, you can restore it yourself before you repurpose it. Just take a look at this easy way to refinish wooden furniture. Then, you can turn that wooden bookshelf into something amazing and it will look as good as new.

Not all of these projects are done with solid wood bookcases. You can do many of them with those less expensive bookshelves that you find at Walmart and some of them are IKEA hacks. You know you love a good IKEA hack! So, whether you have an antique wooden bookcase or you have a cheaper one that you’ve just outgrown, you’re going to find some beautiful ways to put that bookcase to new use. And, just in case that bookcase or bookshelf you’re working with has drawers that you are no longer going to need, just check out these amazing repurposing ideas for old drawers.

I really do love to repurpose and I adore the project ideas in this collection. Whether you’ve got one bookcase to repurpose or 20, I’ll show you some adorable and really functional ways to reuse them.

1. DIY Repurposed Bookcase Bar Table

Even if you don’t serve cocktails by the pool, this bar table made from an old bookcase is sure to come in handy somewhere around your home. And, it’s one of the easiest DIY projects ever. When you’re finished building it, you can spray paint it with a watered down gray paint and give it a really great barn wood look that is perfect for rustic farmhouse decorating.

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