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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Recycle a Door- Potting Table/Server



Years ago, I heard that a child's boredom was good for them.  Keep them away from television and they will take that boredom and turn it into something creative.  When I have enforced this, I have seen my children come up with some very creative things....and so has their mother.  So I allowed some boredom to set in while thumbing through Pinterest and I started to create.  This project on Pinterest was much more elegant. In order to copy it, I would have had to spend too much money.  Instead, I decided to use what I had and only invested a few dollars for this unusual transformation. 

So, here is what happens when I get bored....I go get some boards!

I bought a piece of plyboard and two staircase ballisters .  The door came from Habit for Humanity...solid door with the insert replaced with peg board to add more stability. A table top will be added with L-brackets..legs are put on with L-brackets and then screwed in from top of table.
This bookshelf has been around since the early 80's. I think it has been found in everyone's bedrooms and has layers and layers of paint.  Boys' rooms, as well as our daughter's..now  it's time for the new location, the back patio, so let's cut it apart.  I will take the top portion to make a shelf on the door and the bottom to stabilize the door and table.  I pulled in an extra hand... and a talented one, at that.


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Attached shelves to the door with L-brackets. The table top was attached on top and the painting began. I wanted an old, used look.  The top of the bookshelf was turned upside down and attached with L-brackets for a shelf.
La-Te-Da....this is what you do with a door, bookshelf, ballisters and plyboard!!!

Here is the finished product, my potting table!!!  I bought more red plastic baskets to place things on the shelves.  I also wanted to use it as a serving table when we eat outdoors.  I painted the top of the table to look like a table cloth.  



I dressed the table up differently and served dinner outside!  So, multiple uses! Now you see what I can do when I get bored.  I am hoping it survives the storms...I don't have a covered patio and as soon as I finished, here came the rain!  I am not complaining...Ben's garden needs the rain.

Are you creative when you get bored?

97 Joining in with more words:

Mrs. Settles said...

Brilliant! It looks fantastic and what a great idea for an old door!

Blessings,
Marcia

Theresa said...

No, but I wish I were! I love your newest project. Wish I could come for a glass of that tea :)

Lisa said...

It's adorable, Janette! Love the bright colors!

camp and cottage living said...

Janette
This is so neat! Don't worry about the rain, it will just give it a more rustic look. I love the colors
you chose too.

Ma said...

What a great idea.

Mary said...

way to go janette, great idea!!
you and your son did a great job!

Karen said...

Wow!!! Just wow! You did an amazing job on this. I've seen similar things on Pinterest too, but I've gotta say YOURS is the favorite one I've seen so far. How long would you say it took to finish this project? I've got access to old doors. I'd LOVE to make one of these! (By the way, I'm pinning yours to my Pinterest board!)

Debbie said...

Good morning! WOW!! I am soo impressed! It is just darling. How creative you are! And the answer to your question would be NO...I wish I were, but no. Hope you have a good day. HUGS

myletterstoemily said...

you are so creative and inspiring at the same
time! our recycled furniture is the coffee table
in the family room. it used to be my in law's
dressing room door, and i love it!

i had two chicks in your neck of the woods
yesterday. made me think of you.

Nancy said...

Well girlfriend, I think you need to add this to Pinterest because it is fantastic......what creativity lurks in the back of that mind of yours is amazing....Bored is definitely good for you because it seems to just set your mind a blaze with ideas.....

Rebecca said...

How useful & beautiful - all at the same time! I like the design on the table top....I like everything about it!

Farm Girl said...

Janette that is so awesome and so cute!!! You do have such fun and great ideas. I never get bored. I might if life slowed down enough but it never seems too lately.
I would like to try it.
I need you to come here when you are having a bored day and do some great things here, it would be so much fun.

Shelley said...

WOMAN!!! YOU are AMAZING!!! Such an inspiration!! Where do you get your ideas from ... thanks for sharing you creative genious!

Ellie Rae said...

Hey, NEAT! I love that. (BTW, you have followed me before, Mary. I'm now blogging under a different name.)

Debbie said...

One of my very favorite projects I've seen in blogland!! I really love this so much, and my mind is racing as to how I can copycat this. I'll be keeping my eyes open for doors and shelves and all kinds of stuff now. I even have the perfect place to put it.

Oooooh love it!

I am pinning!!

Sandy said...

It's so pretty and will get a lot of good use, I'm sure. I expect to see it all over Pinterest, which I love, and I'm pinning it myself! Great job!

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

LOve it!!! You are so creative!!! Pinned it!
We've had tons of rain. Hafta rush to get hay baled between but it sure is great for the farm. Good luck to Benjamin and his garden!
xoxo

Sonja said...

There just HAS to be a way to all join in and have our own tv show, just from recycling and new ideas. Don't you think? The girls at Round Top that set up outside of our antique show were called the Junk Gypsies, and sure enough, they have their own show on HGTV.

You stretch the limits with your creativity and this latest is just super! I love it! :) I'm like Debbie above in her comment... makes me want to look at every odd piece of wood or metal and do SOMETHING with it. Great job!

Angela said...

It turned out great! I'm anxious to see what else will come out of that creative mind of yours :)

Angela said...

It turned out great! I'm anxious to see what else will come out of that creative mind of yours :)

Debbie said...

Oh Janette, you could start a home business and sell these creations. How cute! You are very talented. Love the colors too.

Love,
Debbie

Sassy Granny ... said...

Oh my goodness! NOTHING like that ever happens when I get bored. All my boredom attacks result in naughty behavior (like eating or shopping).

Vee said...

Wow! You've sparked my imagination! Thanks so much... ☺

Maryann said...

Wow, talk about trash to treasure, love it!

Canadagirl said...

You are always such a inspiration with a brush in hand! I hope one day I will have time to do things like this. But when I have a moment here and there I sit and create with wool and needles in hand. [o; Both mediums wonderful and exciting to the one who creates.

Blessings and ((HUGS)) my SSiC
-Mary

Sarah (Nikki) said...

Jeanette...I absolutely love what you did. You actually inspire me to try create something but I'm not sure I'd know what to do once I get the wood home.. You totally inspire!

Catherine said...

Dear Janette, You are a genius! I love this. It looks vintage. You have talent. Ciao! Catherine

Carol said...

You are creative, indeed! I always look forward to seeing what you come up with next.
The faux towel you painted is terrific.

LDH said...

Excellent! Love how your project came out and so perfect for serving :)

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

Wow, Janette. I am so impressed - again. I showed the pictures to my husband. He is impressed too, and he doesn't impress easily. He was particularly impressed with your table cloth painting. I would love to be that creative when I was bored!

travelintoadventure@gmail.com said...

So coolish and neat-O.. and colorful - love it!! thanks for the idea..
Hugs

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Janette, you are amazing!! Loved catching up on your posts over the past week. As always, I am leaving inpsired and hopeful. blessings ~ tanna

Marsha @Spots and Wrinkles said...

Wow! The next time you get bored, you should come to my house and you could re-do the whole thing in an afternoon!

That potting table will keep me awake with envy tonight.

Blessings to you ...anyway. :)

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