a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Monday, August 10, 2015

Working With What I Have

Two identical pieces...three bucks apiece
Less expensive than buying the raw material.
Removing the bottoms
with my handy dandy tools.
The bottoms will find a new purpose.
Andrew's hats need dust proof boxes.
I score my heavy cardboard from between my art canvas
so I can bend and assemble them for box lids.
I have a plan...I always have a plan.
The box tops are covered with state maps of places we've visited.
The pieces are still identical but only shorter.  The boxes turned sideways will fit perfectly and all this will be used to organize a teen's closet.  Yeah, right!
This is kinda how it will look in the closet when the boxes are turned and all pieces a matching color. The two shelves on the end were the bottom shelves on my pieces. Stacked and secured everything's ready to paint or maybe, just maybe, they will go into the closet just like this.  Out of sight, out of mind.

This is my work area so don't go zooming in on my sawdust and box of scraps.  I see the end pieces on the left waiting to be re-purposed but I'm kinda tired of this project.

It's WalMart's fault!!  I saw a nice shelf with four boxes for only $149...boxes not included. Silly me, thought, I can do that.  The twin shelves jumped out at Salvation Army and came home with me. Shelves...$6, boxes...$15 for three...shoe rack...$8(a bad idea) and the idea was born,  Slowly, painfully, but born nonetheless.   So for a mere $29 I have solved a problem with the rest of the material on hand and I have two drawers.  Walmart's didn't have that!

I sincerely hope if I have any more grand ideas and you know about it, please, please stop me.

22 comments:

Inger said...

Wish I could do things like that. Just great!

Susie Clevenger said...

Goodness, how creative. I love repurposing items. My parents were king and queen of it, but then they lived through a depression and a WW II.

Far Side of Fifty said...

What a great project! Pained or not! I love to make "stuff" out of nothing useful anymore:)

Lynne said...

Tenacious . . . indeed . . . and look at what it can accomplish!
You go girl . . .
Looking good . . .

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I can't stop you because I really like your grand ideas!

The Furry Gnome said...

Looks very well organized to me!

Susan Kane said...

So tidy and on the cheap! You can't beat that. Besides, you'd get bored if you didn't have an impossible challenge to take on.

1st Man said...

You are pretty ingenious! It looks great!

Lux G. said...

You are amazing. I don't think I have the skills. :P

Sandra said...

Walmart has no commons sense or talent to create like you do. this is perfect and I like it and the PRICE is also Perfect... are they cowboy hats? what is in the boxes.. those boxes came out really good. and i love the drawers.

Cynthia said...

Very clever and economical solution. Good for you! I always try to do it myself with what I have on hand first, too. It's so satisfying in the long run and I love learning how to do new things.

Jim said...
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Jim said...

You are good, Gail. Now if the lad will only use them. Or will Mom pick up after him like mine did for me? I do similar with the bargains. We have right now a hand-me-down headboard that Mrs. Jim thinks would be as Princess Bed if we painted it white.
Thank you too for the visit and for you nice comment. For sure our meal time was not boring last night. I can see those selfies (my guess, for sure they took pictures) being taken all over town last night.
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camp and cottage living said...

Saving 120 bucks is always a winner, Gail!
I'd say it perfect for the teens closet, lots
of storage.

Debbie said...

What an awesome project!! you did really good and this has so much more spirit than anything you could buy in Walmart! I love the use of old maps, they are great for so many things. I shutter to think about how many I threw out !!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Love it! I spent a lot of money for organizing stuff for my closet when I should have thought about what you're doing. :( blessings, marlene

Lowcarb team member said...

Now I am well impressed and I love it when I see you write, " I have a plan...I always have a plan " because I know the end result is going to be good.

All the best Jan

LindaG said...

I think it's great. And extra pieces can be used anytime, somewhere else.
I am still trying to figure something for pan lids.
Personally I would put it just like that into the closet. But that's me. I don't have your eye. :-)
Blessings, Gail. ♥

Weekend-Windup said...

It is nice to see that you are using the things which you have to make other things. I also need to get learned from you. Nice work!

Karen S. said...

No way, cuz you're giving us all some good ideas too! Keep it up.

Susan Anderson said...

Well done! I love it when you get your organizer bug.

=)

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

Great job! You could sell these pieces.

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