So as frugal and eco-friendly people, we really love to repurpose things. But does it really have to be a hugely different endeavor? No way!
One of our eternal problems is storage, of course (us and the rest of the world, I know). Nick’s office had little to no storage other than one small desk cabinet. When I moved in, I brought a big box store laminate bookcase with me, but it didn’t survive the move in one piece, alas. For a while, it sat in the office in a rather sad state, half undone and very wobbly. After navigating the floor full of papers and computer parts for the LAST TIME, I declared that I would install some shelving in that room if it killed me.
Nick was actually rather amenable to the idea, and we decided that the bookshelf could still serve a good purpose in life, and continue on as wall shelves! Why buy new chunks of melamine when we had a batch ready to go? So after deconstructing the old bookshelf, I filled in the old holes and painted over the spots and edges, and had a batch of 8 black shelves, ready to go.
Another $30 worth of brackets from Home Depot and we were ready to go (with new shelves, we would have run close to $200). We mapped out where the shelves should go, and started balancing and anchoring! Finally, we have a delightfully organized and customized set of shelves for Nick to display his fun stuff, and store his work stuff. Because there is a lot of stuff going on. One tier was placed high, for displays, and a few other shelves were placed lower to hold books and CDs. The shelves are VERY solid and are rated to hold up to 60lbs each.
Yeah, he’s still a little miffed that I won’t let him keep the Voltron on the mantle in the living room, but he’s a little happier now.
How’s your recycle/upcycle/repurpose project going?