Creative Organization/Storage

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.


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


  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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