This past month, my wife and I had our upstairs bathroom redone. It was a total gut, down to the lathe and the joists. I tried reusing or saving as many of the items that were ripped out as I could. The shower stall was reused, the toilet was reused, I saved the old shower doors, medicine cabinet and the vanity top and am still looking for a use for those.
One of the things I saved was the old drawers from the vanity. I didn't have anything specific in mind to do with them, but I saved them nonetheless. Well, the other day, I found my reuse for them. I decided to build a shelf for my son's room. Here are some before and after pictures of what my 4-year-old and I did with them...
Using the drawers as puzzle pieces, I manuevered them until I liked the way the shelf was going to look.
I then used the old drawer handles as my fasteners. I did have to do some extra drilling and nipping for the bolts, but really I tried to reuse even the same predrilled holes from before.
Once I had the pieces mounted and fastened the way I wanted them, I gave everything one last tighten. I then went to the local Tops Hardware store and bought a can of spray on primer. I also bought a can of black spray paint, but once I got the primer applied, I kind of liked the way it looked, so I just left it. Here was my finished product.
So, now we've got a shelving unit, made from reused materials and one can of spray paint. The total time involved was about 3 hours combined, and the total cost was about $1.98 for the spray paint. Now, my son can put his hotwheels, puzzle boxes, or whatever he wishes on it. I can take, too, comfort in knowing that the hard work put into those drawers 15 years ago can be reused for another 15.