Where do you store the myriad of things left over from home improvement projects? You know, the kinds of stuff that you’re certain will come in handy one day even as a nifty arts and crafts project — but can overrun your garage or workroom in short order? I decided to create my own “custom, hand-crafted” storage unit, made by repurposing two wooden shutters.
Start With Two Window Shutters
Five years ago, my husband and I decided to put on our advanced-amateur designer and carpenter hats, scavenged our tool room and garage, and came up with enough supplies to build something that help me get organized without spending any money. (After all, it would be hypocritical to buy a pre-made, over-packaged, expensive storage unit to house all the stuff I have been saving based on environmental concerns and frugality, right?) We found two exterior window shutters, six scraps of boards, assorted pieces of molding and hardware (hinges, brackets, screws, etc.). All we needed were basic tools: a saw, and a screwdriver, hammer, and a drill.
Voila – A Custom Shelving Unit
A few hours later, a custom shelving unit that fits my supplies just right! Some leftover paint and decorative trim made it quite presentable. It even impressed our friends and family! Building this shelf unit was satisfying on many levels: it fulfilled the exact size and spacing needed, cost nothing to make, kept otherwise unwanted materials out of the landfill, and was a fun, easy project to do one winter afternoon.
Still Standing Strong
Five years later it’s still standing strong (and straight!). Since then we have built another one that fits in a closet in our home office. Then we created an outdoor bar from an old metal table saw stand and a piece of leftover butcher block counter top. (Hmmm…what can we repurpose next?) Have you ever done anything like this? How did it turn out?