Best Reader Reuse Ideas 2011
Find out how TOH folks are putting their creativity, and muscle, to work turning old finds into cool new home goods
One man's trash is another man's treasure, right? We believe it after seeing this year's round of salvaged projects from our very own resourceful TOHers. With just a little imagination and some basic building supplies, these readers gave everything from old doors to bird baths to pianos new life. Here, they share their repurposed beauties.
Who>Adrianne and Jeremy Lentine
What>"We transformed a library card catalog into a buffet; its drawers are just right for stashing wine bottles and utensils. We took the entire piece apart, removing all 72 drawers, and reassembled it on a new platform base. We then added legs and trim, and sanded, painted, and distressed it."
What>"My stepdad, Don, and I fastened an old furnace door to the wall and drilled holes in it for beer taps. To access the beer lines, which are routed through PVC pipes behind the wall, you just open the door. A store-bought grate slid underneath catches any overflow."
What>"My wife, Joy, and I wanted a rack to match the rustic style of our farmhouse kitchen. I found this wood ladder back when I worked in construction, and it was ideal. We cleaned it up, then hung it using eye hooks."
What>"My dad and I build furniture from antique salvaged items. We build furniture with all kinds of things from old doors, windows, salvaged wood, and repurposed furniture pieces. We built the sides and back of this TV console from an old door. The front is a old casement window, and the top is old heart pine."
What>"I used leftover lumber from another project, Gorilla glue, finishing nails, and a few screws to make this 'tree bookshelf' that holds all of my cookbooks."
What>"Many people know that I love turning old broken down things into something new. These are two dog beds: one made from a wooden drawer and the other framed by an old chair."
What>"I had so much scrap wood in the garage that it was getting hard to park my truck. I didn't want to throw anything out, so I made a few of these planter boxes for Christmas. I only had to buy one sheet of beadboard, some screws, and paint."
What>"This potting bench is made from a old window and heart pine beams and planks. The bottom shelf has an old cast iron park bench inset, and the top features an enamel pot."
What>"I used an old piano back to make this coat rack/bookshelf."
What>"My daughters made this umbrella stand for 4H. It was a hollow ceramic birdbath pedestal that we coated with a CelluClay paper product. We then emptied drawers of old mementos, pictures, and jewelry, to make what's called 'memory art.'"
What>I love using salvaged items to make new projects. This is a faucet tap turned towel holder.
Where>Redwood City, Ca.
What>"We repurposed our old redwood picnic table into a potting bench. It was primed and painted a nice yellow. Then we stacked the benches on top of the table and added fence boards at the corners and the back for support. Boards were added to raise it to a comfortable working height. We added some hanging hooks, and I have a nice slot to store my dirt bin. I'm loving it."
What>"We made a headboard and footboard for our bed out of wood from a recycled water bed we found in the trash and an old wood closet door. We only had to purchase one piece of trim. The total cost was about $8."