My favorite kind of DIY project is a free one! It’s especially awesome when a project gives new life to things that would otherwise be headed for the dump. This project is one of my favorites because I salvaged everything I used.
To build this charming shabby chic kitchen bar all I had to do was collect 3 items from the trash.
- Scrap wood (mine is from the discarded wood pile at a job site)
- An old crate (an emptied wine case that was gifted)
- Shutters (spotted these behind an apartment complex)
First, I washed and lightly sanded the shutters and chose to keep the current paint – the distressed look was already perfect! Then I stained the crate to match the shutters.
I scrubbed, sanded, stained and sealed my scrap wood. It was already cut to the perfect size (this project was meant to be!)
Then it was a matter of using a few screws and a couple more pieces of scrap wood to assemble the cruiser bar.
I love the look but I am even more excited that I saved a few great finds from the trash!
Let me know your thoughts!