Friday, November 13, 2009

Repurposing and Goodwill

I like going to Goodwill. It helps others and I find some nice bargains.

When we first moved into our new home I needed some bookshelves. I found some at Goodwill!

I also found this. It's the top to a china cabinet.

I pictured it as a really nice bookshelf.

I added some feet that I bought at Lowes. Here are the feet waiting to be stained.

Here it is with it's new legs. Later I realized it needed two more in the front.

It needed a top for it since the top was open.

First I used a router to make a lip for a top to sit on. I later decided it had to have more support than that and I added some cross beams.

I cut a template from cardboard and then traced it onto some plywood then cut it out with a jigsaw.

A nice sturdy top.

Then put a mosaic made from cut stained-glass on the top. It has some roses and some violins.

I'm very pleased with how my $60 purchase at Goodwill is now a $1,000 glass bookcase!
(and yes, I know the flowers in the vase need help. Those were bought to check the color.)

Update from 7/9/15

Here's our living room now.


Miriam said...

Wow! That is amazing and inspiring!

Arkansas's Swiss Family Imholz said...

I've heard of people insuring their legs for a million dollars, but honestly, that eye or eyes of yours is/are radar equipped. :-0

Jean Levert Hood said...

Beautiful!! How on earth do you find time to do this! You are so talented, Lyndel.