What do you do when you walk into an Impact Thrift Store looking for a book shelf, but you fall in love with a coffee table?!
This could be a problem.
A coffee table does not serve the same purpose as a book shelf. Yes, you could stack a few books on it… but, for the most part, not the same. Plus, a coffee table is meant to take up space in front of your couch, something you may not have. Or maybe that space is already filled with a great table. All in all, not the same!
But if you are an Impact Thrift shopper, you might look at that coffee table differently. You might walk through the store imagining what that coffee table could be rather than what you see. And if furniture happens to be on sale, wow… you’ve found a bargain.
That’s what Caroline D. saw as she shopped our Montgomeryville store. She came across a coffee table with wonderful carved, solid wood legs, interesting brass decorative drawer pulls and a strong, sound structure… and a lightbulb went on!
Think about it… a coffee table is meant to be viewed from all sides. The front and back of the table are usually similar, if not the same. So, why not!
1. Measure the width of the table in a number of places and mark the center. Draw a line down the center. Use pen if you plan to paint the finished shelves or chalk if you plan to retain the existing finish.
2. Using a circular saw, carefully saw through all layers of table on the straight line.
3. Add wood to the back of the table for strength and stability. Measure the opening created on the cut edge of the table. Cut and mount a piece of 1″ x 4″ (or any size wood that will work for you) to fill in that space on each side of the table for added strength. This will also be used to mount each table half to the wall. Depending upon the structure of your table, you may choose to reinforce it differently.
4. Prime and paint if you wish.
5. Lean one of the table halves level against the wall and screw through the added piece of wood (Step 3) into beams in your wall in two places. This can be accomplished by hanging strong picture hangers on the back cut edge of the table as well.
6. Stack the second half of the table above the first and mount on the wall in the same manner.
Are you working on a great re-purposing project? Something out of the ordinary or unusual? We’d love to share your progress and photos with everyone!
Take a few moments before you begin to take a few “before photos”, snap a few as your work on your project and once it is complete. What was your inspiration? What did you see in the piece that you purchased? What were the steps you took to complete the project? Then e-mail us with those photos and a short explanation of the project and we’ll share through our blog and Facebook!