This is a story of why I don't throw things away. Well, it's a story and a bit of a how-to, so grab a cup of coffee or tea and have a seat.
Some time last year during a routine run of errands, I spotted a pile of cupboard doors at the end of someone's driveway. The homeowner was obviously renovating and graciously left their torn out retro cupboard doors out for trollers like me. I grabbed five of them, with lofty aspirations of refinishing them all to serve as substrates for artwork. I got a good start on two of the doors, but it was tough going, and I then got sidetracked with other stuff. The doors sat neglected outside on the back porch.
But then - click! - the proverbial light bulb came on, and I thought, "I'll make something." And then - cachunk! - a giant floodlight came on, and I thought, "I'll make some tables out of those cupboard doors." I knew there was a reason I got them!
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The resulting table design is pretty basic. Each table consists of two cupboard doors - one as a table top and one as a bottom shelf - and two planks on either side of the cupboard doors to serve as legs. And just for fun, I reattached the retro style cupboard door handles. The tables are a little kooky, but they don't wobble, and I'm quite fond of them.
And - unlike anything I could have found in the store - they're exactly the right size for the space I had, and they serve the purpose of storing my greeting card and earring inventory in a more accessible way. All it cost me was maybe $15 for some plaster of paris and wood screws (all of which I now have for future projects), and a little time and elbow grease. I'm happy on all fronts!