One of my favorite shows is American Pickers. If you haven’t seen it, two guys travel all over the U.S. searching for barns that are full of people’s stuff. They bargain for things they find, pay, and go on to the next great “pick.” They are ethical, and if they find they have bought something that turns out to be valuable, they go back to offer more money. I like that about them.
Among my folks and sisters, the best things we own are things we have found in thrift stores, re-sales, and auctions. The very best things we own are things we have put together from our special finds. Today, I put together another set of re-purposed items, and I made a shutter cupboard.
After we put up hay last summer, we went to one of the barns, and pulled down some old shutters. My sister brought home six tall shutters, and she made a headboard out of them while I was there. I brought back to North Carolina four short shutters to make a cupboard, but I am not a carpenter, or actually a woodworker of any kind. I thought I would have to hire someone to help me make use of these old shutters.
Who knew that I could do it myself? But I did that today with the advice of my sister, and several phone calls and texted pictures consult. First, she suggested I buy an old kitchen cupboard to use as a base, making it easier for me. Off to the Habitat for Humanity Restore I went a few weeks ago. Then I made a trip to my favorite, friendly, neighborhood Ace Hardware, coming home with some screws, hinges, and wheels.
I spent several weeks thinking about how to go about this project, using my limited experience. Today, I finally gathered all the materials on my deck, and just jumped in. I took off the door of the existing cabinet, using my electric drill and screwdriver. (Ooden, ooden) I had a few problems to figure out. Three of the shutters were basically the same size, but I had to do some shimming to make it look like the cupboard wasn’t listing to starboard. The phone calls and picture texts came into play when I tried to attach the hinges. Finally, we figured out the hinges I bought would not work, so I just reused the original ones. I didn’t need the wheels, so I will be returning those.
I’m just going to keep this cupboard on my deck. I haven’t decided what to put inside on the shelves, but knowing me, it won’t be long before it is full. All in all, I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out, and now I have another project ticked off my list. Time to go picking, and maybe find something else to make involving a power tool.