Where every piece of junk has endless possibilities!
What do you do when you have a wonderful piece of furniture but it just isn’t really working out aesthetically? Paint it and jazz it up with some boards from an old pallet.
This is probably the project that helped me to realize my love for taking old things that others might think are beyond rescue and make them wonderful and functional. It has been an amazing journey since then. I love the process of having an idea, finding the pieces you need, then discovering if its even possible to do what you want to do…honestly sometimes it’s not….most of the time though it drives you to find new creative ways of achieving your goals, and after all, that’s what life is about, isn’t it?
Thanks for joining me in that philosophical moment of zen…back to the bookshelf.
When I first got this bookshelf, as a hand me down from my mother, it had one of those awful flimsy particle board backs with vernier that made it look like wood, that was held onto the actual bookshelf by one measly finishing nail. I decided that to update the piece for post-college living (since post-college I was so mature and grown up) I would painted the piece black to jazz it up. That included painting the backing black. That worked for a few years but then I got married (I became even more mature and grown up…I hope y’all are catching the sarcasm in my voice) so the awful particle board back had to go completely, without the backing the bookshelf was a little wobbly, it needed something, but what? At this point our dear friend Pinterest had entered my life along with a desire to try all the things I saw on Pinterest! Then came an old pile of pallets The Hubs and I stumbled upon one morning behind a hotel, when I made a wrong turn (most fortuitous wrong turn I ever made). It was the perfect DIY Storm.
We brought the pallets, about eight of them, home and began the long process of tearing the things apart and figuring out what pieces were salvageable and what pieces were not. My very first thought was that these would make a great back for that wobbly book shelf.
The process is simple enough.
Note: If you have never dissembled a pallet before be prepared for some work. They are built to be beat up so they don’t come apart without a fight. You’ll want to have a few tools on hand.
To finish the project once you have all the boards removed that you need.
I have had this bookshelf for a long time and I love it! It is the perfect size. There is room for taller books on the bottom and smaller books on the top. Its not to tall or deep, so it fits in lots of different spaces but before this makeover it just wasn’t working for me. If you have a piece that has good bones it is not impossible to rehab it into something amazing.
I love this bookshelf even more now that I can look at it and be reminded that I can take something that is OK to look at and semi-functional, and with a little blood (remember those flip flops), sweat and tears make it better.
This is what Vintage Frontier is all about, finding new life and possibilities for the things that seem hopeless.
Kinda like those flip flops of mine, but those are really beyond hope now.