November 12, 2010
Super Thrifty Shelf Makeover
It's a shelf, It's a hutch, It's superman!
Okay....it's not superman. But it is almost as awesome.
I wanted a hutch. Mostly because The Nester has one and i kinda want everything The Nester has. (contentment Kelly, contentment....)
But the closest thing i had to a hutch was this shelf. I got it at Ikea a few years ago in the 'as-is' section. (for those who don't know, that is their clearance section). This shelf was 50% off because there was an itty bitty scratch on the bottom of the bottom shelf!
So I picked up some cabinets doors at the Habitat for Humanity Restore for 5 bucks!
I had my husband buy and cut a piece of plywood for the back.
I primed the shelf and doors and back and then painted them with my own paint concoction made by mixing paint remnants i found in the basement. (um...it is probably in my best legal interest to ask you not to try this at home, or do it at your own risk, or something like that. Because one of you will probably go crazy and mix oil and latex paint and then add nail polish or something and when you die from the fumes or noxious gases or implosion that takes place, i want it to be very clear that this is not my fault.)
Next we added some free hinges salvaged from a kitchen reno my husband has been working on. And we used some little pieces of trim salvaged from that same reno to make a little ledge to hold plates.
What is behind the doors you ask?
I haven't added any knobs to the doors yet because I'm not sure what exactly I want. I'm also thinking I'll paint the insides of the doors with chalkboard paint so that when they are open the kids have a little spot to draw. Although I'm 92% sure that will result in my youngest child consuming chalk.
I like it. And so do the kids. And since I already owned the shelf and paint and hinges, this project cost me a total of about 18 bucks.
Hey, before you go, i want to show you one more thing. Check this out:
Only 2 days old and it already has crayon on it. Yup, this piece of furniture is going to fit right in around here....
I've linked up to Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest today, so head over there to find more super-thrifty almost-as-awesome-as-superman ideas.
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