It has been a while since I’ve done any construction projects but a need for storage and a perfect score of a pair of garage sale book shelves for just $10 had me itching to get to work. I love to build things and have built all kinds of shelving but I admit I’m all for a short cut that makes my life easier (and in this case cheaper.) The garage sale bookshelves I found are solid wood, well-built and side by side were the perfect size to create a credenza. There is no way I could have built them myself for $10, the wood alone would have cost at least $50, not to mention the time and labor. Knowing these guys would help me save time and money, I took them home for a makeover.
Here is what I started with…
I joined the two shelves together by applying wood glue and then screwing them together from both sides. Since I knew I wanted to paint the piece I counter set the screws so I could later fill the holes with wood filler and have the screws disappear.
I then painted it out and added trim around the face of the shelve to make them look heavier and to hide the connection in the middle. I considered adding a top across the whole thing but I was able to camouflage the joint between the two shelves with wood filler so, to save money, I decided against it. If I don’t like how it holds up I can always apply a top later.
The last step was to add some height to the shelves with my $5 flea market legs. I added two strip of trim across the bottom of the shelf to attach the legs to and to add some stability.
In the end the entire project cost me about $40 and only a minimal amount of work, mostly in the painting.
Now I have a great storage piece with a mid-century look for a fraction of the price.
and a great spot for some of my West German Pottery collection.
I think this garage sale find really paid off.
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