Sunday, July 26, 2009

Crate = File Cabinet Cozy

 

     So, do you remember this crate that I picked up for nothing at a garage sale?

     I had to wheel it all of the way home because it wouldn’t fit in the car. It sat for a few weeks and actually made a great gardening table while I figured out what to do with it. It was a bit, uh huge, for an ottoman I decided. I did need something to hold the TV in the guestroom though, what I had was too short.

     The only problem was that I really didn’t have another place for what was propping up the TV right now, a file cabinet. Sure, I could have thrown it in a closet, but I am bad at filing as it is. Putting it in the closet would mean even less filing.

     Bamn, lightning struck! Why not put turn the crate on it’s side and put the cabinet in it?!?! Problem solved! So the crate got stripped of it hardware, painted with my favorite paint, Cabot deck stain, and LUGGED, scooted, and yelled  at into the guestroom. The thing is really heavy and did I mention, LARGE?

 

     See, no more ugly green filing cabinet and the TV is just at the right height. I also gained another place to store stretched canvases, yeah!

     I have been a busy girl all week and have finished so many projects that I will have to share the rest soon.

     Make sure that you check out all of the great posts for Thrifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality and Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch!

39 comments:

ellen b said...

How creative you were to get the results you needed. I like it...

Darlene said...

That worked out really well. It is also the perfect TV stand.

Blue Creek Home said...

That's a great idea. You got a cool tv stand and extra storage. Ya can't beat that!
Rhonda

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I love it! Very creative storage space. :) If you have a chance to stop by my spot, I have my 200th post Giveaway today with my Thrifty Treasures. :)

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Don't you just love it when a plan comes together! Good for you!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

What a great idea!

ahintofhome said...

That was clever of you. It's great when an idea just clicks, isn't it.

Brenda said...

Wow! What a phenomenal idea you had here. Really thinking outside the box! I love it!
Brenda

3 Blessings said...

Very neat! Thanks for sharing.
Blessings to you dear friend,
Amy

The DIY Show Off said...

So clever! I love 'hidden storage'! :)
Roeshel

Kammy said...

Hey Gwen !
Great way to be creative with what you have !
Love Free !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Rhonda in OK said...

great idea Gwen.
I hate to file too.

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Such a clever idea Gwen! Bravo! I know what you mean about filing. My file cabinet sits next to the desk and I still can't seem to get the pile off my desk.

Thanks for sharing!

Tina

Sue said...

Hey Gwen, You put on your thinking cap and voila- you made it work! It hides AND adds storage. Plus it looks good. But...how's the back feeling? LOL
:-) Sue

Traci said...

Great idea!
Traci

Terry said...

I like the extra effort of hauling it down the street. That thing is huge.

marty39 said...

What a great idea. Love it. Hugs, Marty

Cheap&Sweet said...

Thats awesome! Lot's of work but still great.

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

AND--- if there are treasures and things to hide no burlar would ever suspect!! :)

What a clever idea.

TTFN~~Claudia ♥

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Looks great and who doesn't need extra storage?!
Nice job.

Lynn said...

What a great idea!
How clever you are!

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

What a great tv stand and awesome for storage to keep your filing cabinet!

Linda said...

Very clever idea! Linda

Deana said...

That's a great idea.

I'm so glad you stopped by my blog and took the time to leave a comment. Thanks!!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Very creative... love multi-purpose re-purposing! :-) Nice job... and the price was right, too.

Cass

Connie from Big Bear Lake California said...

Luv it!! How clever. Thanks for sharing. Connie

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Brilliant!
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Olive Rue said...

Well now aren't you very clever? I love it, Gwen.

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

What a great way to repurpose that crate!

Marie said...

Great idea Gwen! Thank you for sharing.

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

~~Carol~~ said...

That sure does look like a solid crate! Great job problem solving--it turned out perfect!

Embellished Bayou said...

Great idea & the perfect camo for that cabinet! Love the new blog header, although I miss Murphy a bit!

imjacobsmom said...

What a great way to disguise your filing cabinet with extra storage to boot! ~ Robyn

marmielu said...

Glad you found a clever use for it! My, that file cabinet is green. I have one of those putty colored ones in my kitchen, which I keep meaning to spray paint - just can't pick a color.
Mary Lou

Lynn said...

Dogs are always welcome in my home!

There are always about 6 or 8 here on holidays.

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Great idea! I can't wait to see whatelse you have up your sleeve!

Angie said...

That was a great idea!

Olive Rue said...

Gwen,

Anytime you need help with a banner you just let me know okay. Thanks for your comment.

Dawn said...

Gwen, Wow, filing and canvas storage in one. Plus holding the tv to boot! I hope you only yelled nice words to get it to move!
Dawn

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