Since it’s almost Halloween and all we can think about are goblins, ghouls, and zombies, it seemed appropriate that we run a Back-From-The-Dead Before & After. Although I love a large-scale room renovation just as much as the next person, some of my favorite “flips” are the ones where people take something that was seemingly unsalvageable and left for dead and, through a little bit of Frankensteinian tinkering, breathe new life into it. This is exactly what Matthew Robinson (who shared his fabulous wooden button DIY with us yesterday) did with a discarded old door and broken down card catalogue. Found on two separate occasions, Matt combined these two previously unrelated objects into a beautiful, multi-functional sideboard. Check out Matt’s full tutorial and the rest of the transformation photos after the jump! —Max
“I found a card catalogue on my way home and took a taxi back with it,” Matt says. “Weeks later, I decided I was going to make a utility/kitchen island for the future. I saw something made out of doors in a local cafe and decided to go out and buy one.” After a bit of searching, Matt was able to track down an old, mint-green door in a house that was in the process of being gutted.
To begin, Matt ripped the door in two with a circular saw (be sure to watch out for old metal joining pieces!) and drilled holes into the bottom of each half for wheels. He then flipped everything upside down to situate the door legs along the card catalogue. “To hide screws,” he notes, “drill a wider hole half way in to left the screw set in. This can be covered with a wood dowel and sanded flush.” After the door pieces and the catalogue were joined, Matt sealed the two together with black caulk.
For the top, Matt found a small piece of butcher block for the top and used extra strips of oak to fill in the left over space. He glued and clamped all of the pieces together, smoothed them out with a sander, and oiled the whole board with a flaxseed and mineral oil mix. To finish the whole thing off, Matt added a copper bar with pipe hangers for a dish towel and hooks on the back.
- Wood glue- $4
- Pipe clamps- range from $15 and up
- Wood- $10.
- Card catalogue – free!
- Door- free!
- Hooks – free!
- Copper Pipe ( $8+ $3 for hangers)
- Saw + belt sander $200, but you’ll need to have these things anyway for lots of fun projects.