"...the old things passed away; behold, new things have come." 2 Corinthians 5:17b

April 21st, 2011 in member junk     
bendrechsler bendrechsler, member
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I had noticed four huge solid-wood shutters off an old house in downtown Charleston collecting dust in the corner of a Habitat for Humanity ReStore for about six months, originally priced at $20 each.  Even though the ReStores prices are officially non-negotiable, I asked the manager about cutting me a deal anyway since the shutters obviously werent getting sold.  Lo and behold, he cut the price in half and I walked out with all the high-character shelf material I needed for $40 instead of $80.  Good day.
Even considering the dimensional constraints imposed by the low double window in our den, the four shutters turned out to provide the perfect amount of board feet for both the height and width of the vision I had in mind.  I left the top and bottom shutters at full length and basically unaltered except for a few screws to secure them to the innards of the piece.  The middle shelf only had the tip ends cut off to accomodate the side panels, and all the vertical components, including the side panels, were cut from the single remaining shutter.  The total board length of the leftover scrap pieces was less than six inches.  Gotta maximize, baby.
The shutters had been painted several times, but the black state that I found them in was perfect for our house.  You can tell by the surface wear that there are undercoats from times gone by, which I really like.  The finish is distressed just enough to fit in with the other furniture, but not so much that its unusual or distracting - the paneling details make the piece interesting enough on their own.
The finished product was extremely heavy and cumbersome to move around, and I really wasnt interested in spending money on new-looking casters that wouldnt fit with the aged look of the shutters, so for a while I just had the whole thing sitting up off the floor on some scrap 2X4 pieces.  A few weeks ago, however, I had the good fortune of finding the base of a very old wooden office chair on the curbside, which supplied the perfectly worn, slyly industrial swivel casters for finishing up the piece.  One of the casters is pictured on the left; on the right...is Samsons foot.
My wife and I found these awesome poolside wire locker baskets at an estate sale in downtown Charleston and were delighted to discover that they fit perfectly into our new shelf unit.  Aside from being excellently functional as storage containers, theyre just plain cool to look at.  Also, you can see in this picture the cross-shaped center bracket stabilizing the center of the shutter shelves.  Mr. Dremel and I sliced up the old shutter hinges to fabricate it, and its shape can kinda-sorta be likened to that of one of the endplates capping the famed, structure-saving earthquake bolts that traverse many of Charlestons historic buildings...
I had noticed four huge solid-wood shutters off an old house in downtown Charleston collecting dust in the corner of a Habitat for Humanity ReStore for about six months, originally priced at $20 each.  Even though the ReStores prices are officially non-negotiable, I asked the manager about cutting me a deal anyway since the shutters obviously werent getting sold.  Lo and behold, he cut the price in half and I walked out with all the high-character shelf material I needed for $40 instead of $80.  Good day.

I had noticed four huge solid-wood shutters off an old house in downtown Charleston collecting dust in the corner of a Habitat for Humanity ReStore for about six months, originally priced at $20 each.  Even though the ReStore's prices are "officially" non-negotiable, I asked the manager about cutting me a deal anyway since the shutters obviously weren't getting sold.  Lo and behold, he cut the price in half and I walked out with all the high-character shelf material I needed for $40 instead of $80.  Good day.


Welp, Charleston's metaphorical "discard pile" has once again proved its worth as a veritable treasure trove for the junk-minded opportunist.  Scraping together a few things I collected from the finest junk repositories in town (including the side of the road), I was finally able to satisfy my den's previously insatiable groanings for a long, low-profile shelving piece that would (1) fit underneath a big double window, (2) serve as a storage/display unit for our movies and board games, and (3) not look weird or terrible.

Happy Easter, everybody - Christ is risen indeed!


Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, vintage, wood, cottage, industrial, furniture, family room, living room, black, historical

Comments (3)

clarerose writes: This is fabulous, perfect in fact :) Posted: 1:20 am on August 11th
DesignTurnpike writes: WANT! Posted: 2:23 pm on April 27th
rustinpeace writes: bendreschler, your project is fantastic. You scored a great set of shutters. Love the verse. Yes, He is risen. Posted: 3:14 pm on April 21st
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