Friday, August 31, 2007

Milk Crates, Giant Spools, & Coaster Furniture?

Think back to a time when making your new home a place where you could relax involved some ingenuity. You are just starting out and have little to spend on traditional furniture. Being the resourceful person that you are, you find a giant spool which you convert into a coffee table. You cut the spool into two pieces (this allows you to share the wealth and you give the extra table to a friend), then you sand and varnish the entire surface area. Next you paint it with a coat of polyurethane to seal it with a protective layer. All you have for a bed is your mattress, so you collect milk crates from the local markets until you find a better a frame. They work great if you use them on a carpeted floor. Since they are designed for gallons of milk they are the perfect height to raise the mattress off the floor. Someone suggests Coaster Furniture but for the life of me I can't imagine what that would look like; perhaps an end table? You could lay out either a round or square pattern of coasters, glue them together, then glue stacks of coasters together to make legs.

What did you use to make functional furniture when you first started out on your own?

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