Flea Market Flip

We got up this morning with no obligations, which can add pressure to an otherwise carefree day.  No kids to shuttle, counsel, fix or visit.  No must-do chores or errands.  No beltway to circle, traffic to navigate, bus or metro to catch.  With the house in order and the breezy, pleasey fall day ahead of us, what would we do?

First things first, pancakes.  Uncle Bob’s with a dusting of powdered sugar, cinnamon and maple syrup and a discussion about knocking down the wall between the dining room and kitchen.  If you have nothing else planned, knocking down a wall is a good start.  After analyzing the pros and cons, we decided there were too many cons to make an impulse decision to take hammer to wall and see what happens. So we did a little re-organizing, de-cluttering and re-purposing instead.

Silk flowers got cut and moved to the foyer.  Two large planters made it to the curb along with a CD rack I bought at a yard sale for $2 that I swore could be up-cycled into a plant stand. Several months later, it was still a CD rack and within an hour of hitting the curb, the planters were snatched by a landscaping truck and the CD rack remained.  Apparently no one wants an old CD rack.

So for those of you who are fans of Flea Market Flip, I made a Lara Spencer project challenge, Pull that CD rack off the curb and transform it using materials in the house.  I headed down to the basement and found panels from a WW2 trunk we bought at a yard sale, stenciled with the name William S. Wright.  I bought this rotting trunk for $5 because it had my Dad’s name on it, William Wright.  He’s not an S. but I am, so it had to be mine.  Eric cut it up for parts about a year ago and it has sat ever since, waiting for an idea.

We put our heads together and decided to use the panels with William’s name on the front and back and  use the extra pieces for shelves and a top.  This would be the union of storage – an old WW2 Truck mixed with a CD rack to create a piece that could hold office supplies in the kitchen.  Paperclips, pens, stapler, etc. 

Eric is brilliant with power tools, so he came up with the design using a dremmel, drill, hex nut lag bolts and circular saw.

The dremmel removed the hinged wood from the panel.  Cool sparks flew.

The drill made the holes for the hex bolts to hold the panel to the rack

The saw cut the panels to make the shelves inside the rack.

The finished piece!

As I admired the finished piece and contemplated where to put it, Casey came out to see what we were up to.  I asked him what he thought of your new creation.  He said, “Cool CD Rack.”

Eric exploded in laughter … once a CD rack, always a CD rack.  But when you use your imagination, a CD rack can transform itself.  This Flea Market Flip because a POOL CUE HOLDER!