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15 Things That Got A Second Life As Furniture

Fun furniture can be made out of some interesting things. Watch Ellen's Design Challenge on HGTV to see six furniture designers get creative.

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1. These street signs, because obviously they weren't doing anything important before becoming chairs.

STOP (standing).
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STOP (standing).

2. This dumpster, which now holds plants and butts instead of trash.

Talk about an upgrade.
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Talk about an upgrade.

3. This giant wooden spool, which makes the perfect little coffee table.

Or a really tiny spool for huge thread.
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Or a really tiny spool for huge thread.

4. These wooden palettes, which somehow were not already outdoor furniture.

We fail as a society when we don't realize the potential of palettes to be benches. Eleanor Roosevelt said that.
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We fail as a society when we don't realize the potential of palettes to be benches. Eleanor Roosevelt said that.

5. These bottles turned chandeleeee-eeee!

The chandeleeee-eeeee-eee!
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The chandeleeee-eeeee-eee!

6. These paper bales, which are now a great place to rest your weary feet and haunches.

They're also great for when you need to write down a quick note.
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They're also great for when you need to write down a quick note.

7. These pieces from other pieces of furniture.

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Kylie Jenner said that.
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The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Kylie Jenner said that.

8. This beautiful door that is now a beautiful table.

Just don't use it for arts and crafts.
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Just don't use it for arts and crafts.

9. These books that make a perfect nightstand.

Because who needs books when you have the internet?
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Because who needs books when you have the internet?

10. Or these books, which all together make one finely stacked desk.

Lol, rly tho — RIP books.
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Lol, rly tho — RIP books.

11. These burlap bags.

Come sit in my 'lap.
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Come sit in my 'lap.

12. These plastic bags that became a park bench.

And their parents said they'd never amount to anything.
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And their parents said they'd never amount to anything.

13. These tires that became a bistro set suitable for any dungeon.

Because nobody ever gets TIRED of innovation.
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Because nobody ever gets TIRED of innovation.

14. These tires which are now a cute little planter.

Insert other tired pun here.
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Insert other tired pun here.

15. And last but not least, this cardboard that got a modern, minimalist makeover.

Imagine how absorbent this furniture set would be! Spill away, small children and normal-sized adults.
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Imagine how absorbent this furniture set would be! Spill away, small children and normal-sized adults.

Watch Ellen's Design Challenge on HGTV to see designers create inventive furniture pieces and compete for a shot at their dream.

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