Fence Pieces to Bookshelf

These were a freecycle find: fence boards which were advertised as gates....so not what I had in mind when I went to pick them up.  I would have just driven away but the owners came out and helped me stuff them in my van, they just barely fit. The man of the house even dug around for some rope to secure the hatch, they really wanted these clunky things to go! 
The built-in shelves are pictured on the floor. They were gutted from someone's house and posted on freecycle. It was six planks, 6ft long, about 12 inches wide, and in good shape considering the demolition they went through. 

Initially I painted the fence boards and used them as a "wall" in my craft corner which is in our unfinished basement. While it did help brighten up the drab area I still didn't find it a very inspiring place to create and so it acts as more of  dumping ground. With three small kiddos its much easier to work on projects upstairs on the kitchen counter where I can keep an eye on the little monsters. 

This is what I call "functionally finished." The kiddos put their DVDs up Blockbuster-style -- RIP. 

Mid-construction I came across this orphaned outdoor table just sitting on the sidewalk. 

Some light damage, nothing a little TLC can't fix. 

 Homemade white chalk paint.

Homemade chalk paint in Trattoria Teal by Glidden. 
I picked this color for a dresser I'm so s.l.o.w.l.y working on 
and all can say about the color is: love!

The construction of the fence pieces made for a
 natural bookcase set-up.

Oh yeah -- we're still rockin' the VHS tapes! 

The fake plants were snatched from a "curb alert." 
Enjoy your mini-faux-jungle, little tiger.

The little table cleaned up nicely. Sealed with polycrylic.

One Man's Trash IS This Woman's Treasure! 
I cannot believe the number of things in this picture that are freebie finds either from Craigslist free or Freecycle:
1. coffee table & bookshelf from this post
2. the small TV stand
3. toy organizer (far left of picture), was a hand-me-down
4. the carpet remnant pieces, both blue & brown
5. not pictured: the carpet padding under the blue carpet
Several of the toys, blankets, electronics, couch, books are from 
the local thrift store or garage sales.

Its a bit tricky dressing up an unfinished basement on a shoe-string budget but worth the effort to create some extra space for the kids. 

 The Trattoria Teal color certainly helps brighten up the dingy corner. 


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  1. Really cute; I'm addicted to turquoise, too!

  2. You my friend are super crafty and have great vision! ;)

  3. I'm in awe of your ability to score cool freebie finds. Your bookshelf came out great.

  4. The book shelves look great! Such a pretty color! I just love that they were free! Thanks for linking up to Project Challenge!

  5. Go you! Love free finds and you're doing great w/ the basement.

  6. the picture above) I started adding different colors to see what other fun colored stains I could mix up! home fencing


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