Furniture redesign is not a new idea or concept. It does, however, take some imagination on the part of the owner of that piece of furniture. Rather than seeing an old out of style dresser or bookshelf, you should be looking at the quality of the craftsmanship and if there is any major flaws that can't be fixed.
Recycling is great and me and my family do our best to recycle anything that can as well as creating a compost that we use on on our garden. But I started to think about the larger items that we tend to take for granted. I have put this challenge on myself to not just refinish an old piece of furniture but to look on it as a 3 dimensional canvas that is beautiful on it's own and is functional to the owner.