Build a BookShelf Out of Old Shelving

It was August 13, 2016….and it was purple….very purple.

Bookshelf-Before-Alden Design Studio

I visited one of my favorite places about 35 minutes away and this lovely purple shelving unit was there just for me. It had to be because everyone would just walk on by without a second look. I saw it too and walked by, and then backed up to get another look. The price was so very reasonable….and it was screaming to me that it needed me!!  Paid, loaded, and we are on our way home! Hubby helps to unload it and you can imagine his look of surprise. “Well, what do we have here?”, he asks. I explained to him my vision of creating a bookshelf and the beauty it would be. It was all on me.

Bookshelf-first coat of paint-Alden Design Studios

So, after a good wiping down and the first coat of Kilz ™, it was now more baby blue than purple. Two more coats of Kilz ™ and we were ready to paint the final color, but first….a few things were needed.

In comes the hubby’s part.

The once very purple shelving unit needed a middle shelf and a backing to create the bookshelf I had envisioned. We had some beadboard leftover that would work great, but not with the “lines.”  So what do you do to make it work?  Easy, just turn it over and use the backside of the beadboard. Shelving installed, back installed and 2 coats of Vintage White applied. We now had a bookshelf.

Bookshelf-After1-Alden Design Studio

Wow!!!

Love our pneumatic Bostitch nailer! It made quick work of installing extra shelves and backing. Vintage White Paint mixed with Chalky Powder made for great additional coverage and a look that made you stop in your tracks. Don’t you agree?

Bookshelf-After-Alden Design Studio

I decorated for Fall that year; contemplating whether the possession of this great bookshelf should stay with me. It did not; it went to a great home and we had another satisfied Alden Design Studio client.

Until next time…

Julia

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Cabinet to Coffee Bar In No Time At All!

Coffee Bar Anyone??

I see open shelving, I see an off-white color, I see a new life for this old cabinet.        

I see a beautiful coffee bar!

It is amazing what will fit in the “boot” of my SUV. Yes, many years ago I was introduced to the word “boot” instead of trunk (or in this case, liftgate), as the “boot.” So, into the boot of my SUV went this wonderful little treasure that I came upon in October 2016! I was so lucky to find this one, and I knew it! 

Cabinet Before by Alden Design Studio

This old cabinet needed a good cleaning, but all-in-all was not in bad shape. The drawers needed a little “shelving rails” that my local home improvement store was very happy to provide, and I had to learn how to install them (explanation – had the hubby install because this was just not “clicking” in my head). 

Rails complete – oh yeah! 

Taking things apart is one of my favorite things to do; however, re-assembly, not-so-much. I was very excited that these doors would not be returning to this piece!! After removal, we decided to block cut the bottom apron. So glad the hubby loves me and loves to cut with that circular saw. I must admit, I am a bit apprehensive of that saw. I give him plenty of room when he starts with that saw. While waiting for the cut, my wheels were “a-spinning” for the color combination. I found myself wanting a deep dark stain color on the top and an off-white base. So, I went over the piece with my palm sander (that I absolutely love) from my local home improvement store and had my mahogany gel stain ready. 

Finished Coffee Bar by Alden Design Studio

A quick order from Amazon for the cup pulls and a quick trip to the Hobby Lobby on a mission for “dark” colored baskets and Viola-I had a coffee bar! Sometimes I find myself buying baskets just in case I need for a project. In this case, I “had” to find these for this piece. 

I just love the final product!

Coffee/Tea anyone?

Until next time…

Julia

Tools we use every day can be found on our resources page here.

If you like this repurposing project, be sure to check out our bookshelf from shelving unit post here.

Bookshelf Makeover by Alden Design Studio

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Wine Bar Cabinet-DIY Budget Design

Wine Bar – Why Yes Please!

My husband would say, “My wife gets me in more stuff,” and he would be correct. So in the Fall of 2016, when a co-worker messages me to check out an old hutch that she is getting rid of, we are “there”! No matter that it is a good 35 minutes away, no matter that it is an old hutch. Nope – not even a consideration (in my mind). So, off we go in the truck (love that truck) to see that “hutch.” We arrive and the hutch is not in plain view, as you would think a hutch would be. We found it in the most interesting place- in a bedroom closet. Love that part!! 

We agree to a very reasonable sale, and then must finagle to get the hutch out of the closet without:

1) breaking the hutch

2) marring up the woodwork/trim in the closet and

3) hurting me or the hubby!

Success!! The hutch is out and coming home with us!

Wine Bar-Before-Alden Design Studios

It is totally curvy like an older hutch would be, and we have an idea for its final look. It will be a Wine Bar!! Yep – Can you see it? 

Wine Bar-Shelf Build-Alden Design Studio

First things first, off with the “cupboard” top by taking that wonderful saw to it and, of course, saving the cupboard part because you just never know when you will need it! We removed the curvy apron on this piece and decided to try a new look for the doors. 

Wine Bar-Door Grate-Alden Design Studio

Inside our local home improvement store is an item called a “furnace” screen. Basically, it is a sheet of metal with a decorative pattern. Honestly, we had never ever noticed this before and just happened to be standing right beside the end cap one day and looked up. 

Yep, the inserts to the bottom doors will be set with the furnace screen, and the hubby did a great job cutting this out and inserting the grate. 

Wine Bar-Door After1-Alden Design Studio

Next, a quick wood fill in the drawer holes and a relocation of silver cup pulls with a smooth look of gray paint to work with the silver in the furnace screen and pulls and wow! 

Wine Bar-Bottle Rack-Alden Design Studio

Lastly, we added a wine bottle holder inside. Now it’s ready for a new place that is not in a closet! We must show off the new look you know! 

Until next time…

Julia

Tools we use every day can be found on our resources page here. 

If you like this repurposing project, be sure to check out our coffee bar created from an old cabinet!

Finished Coffee Bar by Alden Design Studio

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Wine Bar pin by Alden Design Studio

One Thing Led to Another….And So It Goes

From that very first side table that we purchased from our local Goodwill store and purchasing a home built in 1970, one thing has led to another.  We are doing some remodeling, improving and updating little-by-little.  Now we see that we are going to have to “call in the professionals” for a load-bearing wall to be removed so we can have a very open space area with our living room, dining room and kitchen.  So, that is the plan.  In the meantime, our bathrooms needed to be updated. The main bathroom plus the smallest master bathroom you have ever seen!

We’ll start with the main bathroom first.  It is a good size; it only needed a fresh coat of paint, a new floor, higher vanity, new toilet, new sink, and faucet….nothing much right.  So, we (meaning Alden) got things started.  Of course, I helped; especially when he would say, “Can I get your help please?”

 

There is so much to love about the “after” on this hall bath.  He did a great job; he had sore knees for sure.  He said it was worth it.

 

 

Until next time,

Julia

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The Start of It All…

This is the piece that started it all. I found this at my local Goodwill store yet didn’t buy it right away. Instead, I rushed home and grabbed Alden to come look.  I was so excited to show him this piece.  He was not as excited as I was and started to show the “flaws” that I somehow overlooked.  It has water damage, is not level, has a ton of paint on it and it’s green.  It ended up in the car.  And that was the beginning.

Julia

 

 

 

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