Have you heard of Freecycle? It’s an online site where you register and can post/pick-up freebies in your area.
We were able to pick up this used mantle for free! However, hubby had a different vision! He wanted to make it into a bookcase!
This gave it a look of slat-board, with the wood being close together. He also used scrap pieces of
wood to frame in the sides as well, but they were a longer board (6′x2′) that he cut in two.
We had leftover molding from building our addition that he used to hold the shelves in place.
Once the shelves were added, we had our new bookcase!
Here it is below the painting my grandfather hand-painted over 30 years ago (my parents at the bottom of the tree).
All that was required for this project was $4 in flat black spray paint, and $8 for the backer board. My husband used scrap wood for the shelves and the back, and then placed backer board over the wood backing. Not bad for a completed bookshelf! Even the particle board shelves from Walmart are at least $25-$40 and they don’t have any character! LOL
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