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A very good job of repurposing. It reminds me of a show that used to be on HGTV. Can't remember the name of it, but two brothers picked up curbside trash, repurposed it and left it back at the curb where they found it.
You're an expert, I can see that from here. You say so casually, "...turned it into a blanket, chest/bench combo" and then when I looked- I found-the whole unit was expertly thought out and constructed and finished. Gorgeous!
Cheryl, I don't work from plans or drawings, I just have an idea of what I want & start assembling, making changes as I go. All the material is is found curbside or scraps from Home Depot,yard sales, or leftovers from other projects.I sometimes make the front & sides out of louvered closet doors.The only measurements I stick to are the size of the box, 16 to 18" high, & the same deep, depending on scrap available.Most of the ones I make I use twin bed headboards. I use 1/8" Masonite tileboard to line the inside & the underside of the lid. If you have any specific questions you can reach me thru D-mail
I found some more photos of John's beautiful creations. They are listed under jvdl1, and I think it is ifantail. Scroll down Lindawin58, "Trash to Treasure: My Trash to Treasure Living Room" here. Although Lindawin58 is an old thread, someone bumped it so it is close to this thread at the moment. Linda has some good things, too, BTW: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/796300/
Scroll down a bit at the Lindawin58 and see 4 items John made:1. a bench made from a bed and closet doors. You must see this b/c even if you are not interested in making this furniture, John had decorated and enhanced the bench with gold drapery hold backs. I think many pieces of our furniture would become more elegant with the addition of something like this drapery hold back. 2. Also he has made a cabinet made with parts of an old sewing machine cabinet. The cabinet looks better than the original antique and it still has the mellow antique patina 3. another bench from a bed, I think it was painted green and is so attractive, 4. and a child's bench made from her crib. This is wonderful stuff!! Thanks John.
@ bivbiv ~~ I know the show you're referring to, because I used to watch it too. If I recall correctly, the show was called "The Junk Brothers." I was amazed at what they could do with the "castoffs" from the different families and the reactions on their faces when they would see the once old and damaged piece of furniture dropped back in front of their homes. I don't think it's on anymore. Too bad, it was really informative on how they did the makeovers.