Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Trash to Treasure

I like to think I'm good at seeing the potential in things - furniture, houses, this apartment.  Hubby is a realist, but I'm always coming at him with ideas of "but if we do this, then it will look like that and be wonderful!".  Needless to say, we balance each other because everyone needs a little of both in their life.
Several months ago the kids and I found this wood shelf in the dumpster of the neighboring townhouse complex.  It's made of real wood, so even though it was beat up and broken, it seemed like an easy fix.  We had a lot going on at the time, so we just shoved it into the kids' closet and almost forgot about it. 
 Last week I realized the school year was almost over and if I wanted to breeze through this project without any "helping hands", I better get it done ASAP.  I glued together the broken shelf and reinforced it from below with wood bracing.

Then I painted it with leftover paint from a small sample of paint I purchased when I was considering paint colors for the kids' room.  Now, instead of having Legos all over their dresser, closet floor, and oh knows where else, all of Mannchen's many Lego creations now have a home.  For free.  What's not to love about that?

Have you ever transformed trash into something useful? 
Please share!