I found an old, solid wood shelf in the trash and stared at it. I also had some pallet wood left over from another old shelf.
What to do.
Repurposing wood into something new takes some thought. What is the shape of the wood? How much of the shape can be used without altering it too much? What kind of creation becomes the result only takes your imagination and some effort.
I sawed apart the shelving into sections and sanded off the old and extremely ugly varnish. The wood underneath was beautiful. Then it finally occurred to me: the wood & shape of the shelving reminded me of those old fashioned country style fruit and veggie crates. Only even better.
So, with the help of some pallet wood I already had, I cut it into 2 bases and 1 top, allowing me to not only have a crate, but a chest as well. A few screws and a bit more sanding and going from nothing to something:
Cost: A couple dozen screws & time.
Please consider repurposing when designing in your home. There are so many creative ideas out there!