Friday, July 27, 2007

Frugal Fridays - Repurposed furniture

 We're a good sized family in a small sized house. Think less than 1,000 square feet. We're also a homeschooling family, insatiable Readers (yes, with a capital R!), and consumers of good quality movies. Not to mention all the toys, toys, toys, toys. This all adds up to a real storage...issue, lets call it.

I've posted previously about Prince Charming's wonderful bed project for our girls. And I believe I've mentioned how we use discarded drawers on casters under that bed. The picture above shows what we did with the no longer needed dresser.

Prince Charming, with a few quick measurements and less than $20 at Home Depot, turned a ready-for-the-trash-dresser into a bookshelf. This is not the best picture but it's the only one I have at the moment; you can see the general concept. This was my idea but nothing would have come of it had I not been very blessed with a husband who, when given my myriad ideas, can actually do what I want with very little expense or trouble.

This shelf now stands in my living room, holding our DVD sets. (My Jane Austen collection sits proudly on the top shelf, as you might imagine). The top is the perfect size for three framed pictures of our girls and a flower arrangement.

To me, this is frugal: taking something you don't need any more, or isn't good any more, and making it useful and nice again. Before selling anything in a yard sale or passing it on to someone else, always consider whether something may serve a need with just a little change.

Find lots of great frugal ideas at Biblical Womanhood.


Amy said...

That bookcase looks great, and like a BOOKCASE! I think it's such a great idea to re-purpose furniture, there are so many possibilities, and I've never thought of it before! Now to try and get my hubby into the idea... :)

Meredith said...

Very nice! What a great idea!

Anonymous said...

Great idea...not sure my hubby is that handy, though, but maybe he would give it a shot..


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