Creative Organization/Storage


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For the second go-round of our Blogger Showdown Challenge we had to upcycle an item to provide extra storage/organization. Those of you who follow Facebook have seen the current status of my office and know this is an area where I can use some help.

I promise, you will not see me on a future episode of Hoarders (because I do not have a problem and more importantly because it’s not on HGTV).

Seriously, the reason for this nonsense is that a few weeks months ago, I decided to fashion my master closet a la Abercrombie. {someday I’ll finish & post about it}

tornado alley

After relocating the floor-to-ceiling bookcases, I was left with no place to store the litany of Koontz, Cornwell and self-help books that seem to multiply behind closed doors. Likewise, all my chotchkies are now sleeping in plastic bags on the floor.

Since Sonne will be here in about a month, the timing of this challenge lined up perfectly with the office/guest room overhaul.

Convenient how that worked out huh?
So as a practical solution, I opted to transform a hutch-like-thing I had ($3.99 at Goodwill) hiding in the garage. It probably sat on top of a low-boy in a previous life but for it to function as a bookcase it needed a bottom.

wooden hutch

Back when I turned that desk into an island, putting the top on bottom worked so well that I decided to go that route again. Since the challenge, overall, is to use what you’ve got I sifted through my cabinet door stash and found one that could do double duty as a top.

cabinet door top

After gluing and screwing the deconstructed piece back together, I cut and sanded blocks of wood to make feet. Then, the whole thing got the sanding block treatment.

refabricated bookcase

It took about 2 hours to get to this point. Everything was coming together entirely too easily. Never have I had any project go off without a hitch and I warned Dave “…something will go wrong, it always does.” And sure enough, the paint on this project nearly did me in.

painted bookcase

I picked up a quart of midnight blue from Rustoleum’s warehouse sale a few weeks back. [Sidenote: I’m kicking myself for not picking up a few more at $2.00 each.] Originally, the entire inside was white but somewhere along the line I realized blue was better. It took eleventeen coats and I still wasn’t able to completely cover up the white. But at some point you just have to admit you’re drunk defeat and go to bed.

bookcase_reveal

Besides, in the daylight you hardly notice that I changed my mind. I am crushing on that are-they-circles-or-are-they-flowers stencil. I’ve been obsessed with this pattern for a while now and was crazy excited to incorporate it into this piece. If I stare at it too long my head hurts but I love how it plays tricks on the eyes.

And since I can’t play tricks on *your* eyes and pretend my office is anywhere near clean, the finished piece is hanging out in the dining room for now. What do you think? Should I just leave it there? {I’m kidding Dave, kinda.}

styled bookcase

Now, don’t forget – this is part of the Rehash That Trash challenge series so you’ll have to check out Evey’s storage project and choose mine as your favorite piece. Leave a comment here or there and let us know what you decide. I’m heading out to get started on the final piece.

Round 1 – Unexpected Repurpose
Round 3 – Recycled fabric/upholstery

Comments

  1. apleasanthouse June 24, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    This is cool enough to be in a magazine! I think you need your own Cable TV show! I vote for this.

  2. Dagmar June 20, 2013 at 5:42 pm

    That is the coolest stencil! Thanks for linking up to my "Thrifty & Vintage Finds" link party again!

  3. Heather@Tatter & June 20, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Great job! I love it. I've always wondered what to do with those "hutch" pieces on the tops of old desks and credenzas…now it seems so obvious! Just beautiful. PS – My office/guest room looks just like yours due to my ongoing living room revamp. I dream of the day I'll be able to see the floor again! LOL

  4. Sonne Shields June 19, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    like I said…. Love the pattern. I'll take a closer look when I visit!

    Sonne -do

  5. Stephanie Durdan June 19, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Dee you did it again! My vote is for you!!

  6. Dave B June 19, 2013 at 5:06 am

    My vote is for this yours. Sorry Evey, just not a fan of the rope as a handle. :)

  7. Denise June 19, 2013 at 4:20 am

    2 totally different styles so it's so hard to judge. You did a fabulous job Dee :)

  8. nathan June 18, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Awesome work I love the them both, but Dee gets my vote!

  9. Melanie Oerkfitz June 18, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    This gets my vote!

  10. Diane June 18, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Love it! I want it and it's not even beige!

  11. Bridgette June 18, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Ding ding!!!! LOVE IT!!! You break things down and give them a totally new look & life. Winner!!! Can you come do my fireplace ? He he he 😉

  12. Lisa June 18, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I want one! This is very cool and Dee gets my vote on this one!

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