Old Furniture Discarded by the Marie Kondo Effect

Australia didn’t escape the frenzy around the KonMari method of tidying and organising popularised by Japanese organisation consultant Marie Kondo.

Mari Kondo’s Netflix series “Tidying Up” really resonated with a lot of people, inspiring the Australian masses to get organised. Australians are putting into action what they’ve read from her books, as E-Bay figures reveal a significant rise in the sales of home organisation items like small boxes and drawer organisers.

On the flip side, however, Australians’ efforts to purge belongings that no longer spark joy is causing bigger problems.

The stuff that no longer sparks joy for Australians is ending up in charity shops, or haphazardly piled up roadside for kerbside collection. Charity shops welcome quality unwanted items, but people should be aware that broken or damaged things deemed unsaleable by staff of these charity shops are costing charities millions of dollars to send to landfill.

Since the premier of Kondo’s new series, some Aussie charities have even stopped accepting donations because they are already at full capacity. And because donation bins across Australia are overflowing, people have resorted to leaving their discarded clutter outside donation bins, rendering these items as “contaminated” and therefore automatically bound for the landfill.

What should I do with my unwanted stuff?

This sudden love of de-cluttering can be a good thing. But you have to carefully consider where the items that you’re discarding will end up considering there is already a glut of second-hand stuff, such as clothes, shoes, home decors and even big-ticket items like furniture, out there.
Instead of throwing items away, make an effort to find a good home for them, or have them restored or recycled.

If you have clothes, shoes, bags, toys, furniture or décor that you don’t want anymore but are still in good condition, offer them up to people within your community. You can post it on your local buy, swap and sell page or Facebook Marketplace and sell or give away pre-loved items.

What to do with your discarded furniture

What if your furnishings no longer spark joy and you want to get rid of them and exchange with pieces that reflect your personal style and taste?

Repurpose upcycle or restore

At Renowned Furniture our motto is Repair Restore Re-Invent.

If you have an old piece of furniture that is no longer in use or you have been wanting to replace, you can repurpose or upcycle it into a new, creative and functional piece. For example, an antique bookcase can be transformed into a bar or an old, broken piano can be repurposed into a desk.

Upcycling inspiration can be found all around the internet, and often a client will give us a picture of something they’ve seen and get us to make the transformation. It can be as simple as refinishing an old dresser or table to a more elaborate undertaking like dismantling an old piece and rebuilding it into some new form to make it more functional.

In our latest post we show a pair of old rocker chairs that were given a modern update. The reinvented chairs certainly sparked joy for our client!

Why not restore your old furniture to its former glory? You may be seeing a table with broken legs, or a chair with an ugly upholstery, but our professional restorers see that something could still be done to make old furniture usable and beautiful once again. You are not only saving it from the landfill, you are also breathing new life into a forgotten item.

If you are not confident about your restoration skills or you don’t have the time to dedicate to the project, contact a local furniture restoration company like Renowned Furniture for a consult.

In the Brisbane area, you can call on Renowned Furniture for high quality furniture repair, restoration and alteration services. We have been servicing the Brisbane area for four decades. We guarantee furniture restoration services delivered with the highest standard and at affordable rates.

If you really cannot find a way to give an old piece new life then the best option is to contact a junk removal company to pick up your old, heavy and bulky furniture. They will haul away your furniture for a fee.

Though these junk removal companies are for-profit, many recycle and donate items whenever possible. And if you don’t want to pay then find thrift shops that accept gently used furniture. The Salvation Army Australia and Savers Australia are just some of the organisations that accept usable donations. They will make sure to give your furniture another lease in life and donate to people who need them.

Not your average dining table

Sometimes a space requires a table larger than can be found on your average showroom floor; that’s where we come in.

This dining table, measuring 3.2 m, was custom made for Inside Edge interior design.

Custom made dining table

Italian bar stool

Well, we got a sale from our West end showroom! One of the Italian inspired bar stools sold.  

While we were delivering it, we could not help but grab a picture of it alongside this cool Italian inspired motor scooter. The perfect match!



The Station at Southport

Our clients, Co Spaces & IEDM, have developed this building over time, resurrecting it from oblivion some years ago. The building has been slowly morphed into a 21st century multi-purpose facility with state of the art technology throughout.

Over the past few years, Renowned has been fortunate enough to be involved with a couple of turnkey fit outs. As a smaller company, our ability to flex and work with groups such as the guys from Co-Spaces & IEDM makes us quite unique. We all worked together and learned from each other. We collectively designed furniture to suit each space – from the co sharing floors occupied by the guys from the V8 Supercar group to individual desks to boardrooms and directors offices.

As the building appeared in the 1980’s before restoration.

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The earliest picture we can find of the building in its former glory as the original Southport ambulance station. Circa 1920’s.


This is the building today, now restored and repurposed. It now houses coffee shops, shared office spaces, meeting rooms and the latest use, as well as a place for private intimate music meets.

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Inside the new shell with some of the shared office spaces all furnished by Renowned Furniture.


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I recently attended a function where famous Aussie rocker, Russell Morris, played for a crowd of just 40 people! Meeting the 70’s/80’s 90’s and today’s legend was a real treat, feet on the ground and still pumping out new stuff.

Here is Russell doing his stuff! The building was a perfect venue for this inaugural event. I hope to be invited to more of those!!



Endula Macassa

Here’s what is created when you let the designers spread their wings…
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Endula Macassa hard laminate framed in stainless steel bar with a solid American oak timber edge all laid up on a 50 mm thick substrate. It’s a 5 meter long X 1.5 meter wide board room table with in-built power & data points. Very striking…

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Looking forward to the installed pictures… 😀



Mary & Peter could not find a couch or suite suitable for their very small space where they run a portrait photography studio. The ottoman idea that we proffered was a big hit because of its flexibility and modular nature. These are commercial grade ottomans that will last for many years. Some companies actually have their corporate logos and names embroidered on them as well.


Bridget’s table & chair

We failed to get some before shots of Bridget’s chair & table but let’s just say, you can imagine what they were like. Springs coming through old torn fabric, split and peeling timber and polish etc…

This table


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have authentic antique certification stamps on them that date back more than 40 years so they’re approaching their 1.5th century…The table is very unique with amazing grain patterns. Even all the boys here have commented on the tables’ unique qualities after all they’ve seen over the past 50 years…

We deliver these 2 beauties early next week so we trust our client will be as impressed as we were.

Natalie’s practice

Natalie was over the moon with her purchase of the ‘woodpecker’ range of shelving that she found on our website showroom. Natalie runs a psychology practice in Brisbane and was very particular about the type of décor. She worked with one of our craftsmen and had the range of shelves altered to suit her requirements. At the time, we were a little concerned that the alterations may be out of scale but we feel that Natalie’s vision was spot on.

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The timber for the shelves was locally grown Maple (right here in a neighbouring suburb called Salisbury) back in the 1980’s.

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They were felled to make way for a housing estate and Renowned Furniture, a local furniture making identity were approached to see if they were interested in saving any of the timber, so here we are now turning it into fine furniture 35 years later .

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Now the range takes pride of place in Natalie’s new rooms and is both stunning with a look of strength and form but also very useful and practical.
In Natalie’s words: “ Thanks for the beautiful shelves. I love them.”

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Natalie was also happy for us to link the story to her FB page Bulimba Psychology and said that she intended mentioning us on her page as well.