Category Archives: storage

Hollow core doors: budget building material

Let’s face it, lumber can be expensive. So what do you use for all those projects you’re dying to tackle?

In our house we turned to inexpensive hollow core doors for many of our projects. Not only is it less expensive – you can even find some with obvious flaws that will be cut out for even a fraction of the price – but they are light and easy to work with.

Here is a highlight of many of our projects that have been made from doors.

Shelves to store our overflowing movie collection. We had a bit of dead space between the fireplace and the wall and these shelves made from hollow core doors were the perfect solution.

Kitchen table from a hollow core door! A 1/4 inch piece of plywood was added to the top and veneer applied to the edge.

We had some Ikea table legs sitting around so those were attached to the table top and anchored into 2x4s.

Changing table. The base and drawers are made from hollow core doors with the top rails made from 2x4s.

This actually began it’s life as a desk. The drawers were on the right side and the open door was on the left to hold the computer tower. Now it holds baby blankets and diapers!

The top and sides of this dresser are made from doors. The gaps at the top of the drawers are intentional to minimize pinching little fingers.

This is one of my favorites! This room divider with desk and storage is made completely out of hollow core doors! This holds a special place in my heart because it was a surprise room transformation for a very pregnant Momma wondering how her little ones could share a room. Behind this divider is a “Big Boy Bed.”

There are shelves to store books and toys and plenty of room on the top for displaying pictures of those adorable kids.

The middle is a little desk for playing, and to the left are hooks for jackets and hats.

These are all the projects I have pictures of but I believe there are more. We have an entire rustic wood basement made out of pine boards that is amazing!

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Laundry Chute Transformation

This is our bathroom when we moved into our house in 2009. Notice that awkward white square on the middle of the left wall?  The laundry chute.

If you have one, do you use it?  When we first looked at this house I thought a chute sounded like a great idea to get our laundry down to the basement.  However, when we got to the basement we realized that chute dropped down to the opposite end of the room from where the washer and dryer were.  Who planned that out?

We eventually added a bathroom downstairs rendering the already useless chute a completely useless hole  ending at basement ceiling. We didn’t do anything with the black hole until the day I was pretty sure my little guy (probably about one at the time) opened the door and dropped something in, never to be returned.

The bathroom was our last room to update and that was the time we decided to revamp the old laundry chute.

We jazzed up the looks of it with a little paint.

Check it out now! Storage for the baby bath supplies!

All we did was measure the hole, construct a wood box to wedge in the hole, and there you go!

With an insert that wedges into the hole we turned the old useless hole into more storage! Always a good thing!

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