"I created wainscoting out of salvaged cabinet doors."

Who: Mary Griffin
Where: Godfrey, Ill.

"‘Now, what are you going to do with those?' my husband asked me when I started eyeing some cabinet doors at our local home center. ‘I think they would make some good wainscoting,' I told him. At first he thought the idea sounded a little nutty. But I had wanted wainscoting for my newly finished basement and figured the white, raised-panel cabinet doors would work perfectly. After buying 36 of them—at 50 cents a pop!—we applied them to the walls with liquid nails. And let me tell you, they look terrific. Even my husband thinks so."

What Mary Saved: Around $1,500
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