Old furniture is not just stuff that has outlived its use. Much of it is old precisely because it has served its purpose for a long time. In many cases, it can still do so for a whole lot longer — you just have to breath a bit more life into it. In fact, with a little bit of work, you can convert any old object into a designer piece which is virtually unrecognisable compared to what you had before. We picked 15 of the best ideas for converting old furniture for you to check out, and hopefully help you reimagine your home.

An old bedside table becomes a stylish black and white one

A shabby chair can be turned into an exquisite piece of bright furniture

A desk with draws becomes an attractive modern workspace

What was a bulky divan is now comfy indoor seating

An old-fashioned table on wheels is transformed into some stylish storage space

An ugly chest of drawers repainted in light, romantic colours

Another seriously cute idea for converting a bedside table

Remove the old mirror, and you have a gorgeous work desk and drawers

You can use the carved frames from an old bed to make a cute miniature sofa 

You can also add a table top and some doors to improve an old book shelf 

A coffee table can be turned into a piece of designer furniture and decorated with any number of designs

Another old chair given a stylish makeover

And another outdated table easily becomes brighter and more functional 

Even a huge table like this one can be made to look beautiful

Any old-fashioned cabinet can become stylish once again