Thursday, August 23, 2012

My FREE end table!

I'm almost embarrassed to show you this photo but here is what our end table used to look like.  

It was becoming a dumping ground for random objects.
It is too short, has no storage and was just not working. 
I have been on the search for a new end table for a while now but the ones I found were either too expensive or would not work for our space.
Then one day it hit me!! I could use items that I already have in our home!!
Sometimes it is amazing what you can come up with just by looking at what you have and using a little creativity.
Here is what I came up with and the best part... It didn't cost me a dime!!

  The wooden crates were being used for storage in our laundry room but every time I took one down from the shelf it would scrape the bottom and I would have a shower of wood shavings all over the washer and dryer. A few weeks back I switched them out for normal cardboard boxes. Not as pretty but it will work for now and no more wood shavings to clean off the washer and dryer.

The book ends are dragon incense holders that I got from my mom a couple years ago and have been hiding in the garage cause I didn't know where to put them.

The yellow vintage vase used to be black with a pink floral painting on it. I think it may have been worth some money however, it had a large crack in it so it's not worth much now. I painted it yellow to add a pop of color.

The jars hold the kids rock and seashell collections, and the red box contains a tea set.
I love having the extra book storage and being able to showcase a few items that have been tucked into storage is always a bonus. 
What about you? do you often look around your home before purchasing new item? 

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