Sunday, April 14, 2013

My New Shelf

I made myself a new standing shelf today.
The frame of the shelf is a little unconventional but I'm happy with how it turned out.
Can you tell what I used for the frame?

A pair of old wood crutches.
I purchased these crutches over a year ago for $2.00 and they have been down in my basement collecting dust.  I didn't have a plan for them when I first purchased them but I remember loving the patina of the wood so they came home with me.
The first step in turning these old crutches into a standing shelf was to remove the rubber caps at the bottom and then saw off the round pieces of wood that the cap fit over.
Next, I hinged the bottom of the two crutches together.
The bottoms of the crutches are now the top of the shelf stand.
Now I just needed to add some shelves.
I dug through my scrap wood and found four pieces of varying widths that would work.  
The crutches were screwed into the wood to secure the top shelf and the third shelf. 
While the second shelf and the bottom shelf sit on wood parts that were already on the crutches.
Since none of the wood shelf pieces matched, I painted them all white to unify them.
I did a quick staging of the shelving unit with some things I had handy and took it outside (where the lighting was better) for a little photo shoot.
I don't think they look like crutches anymore.
And here's how it looks sitting in my front entryway.
Not a bad fit!

I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend.

Jane

72 comments:

  1. Dear Jane ~ Oh My Goodness, this takes the Prize! you are a creative genius..... can we please rub elbows?
    Thank you for always sharing your fabulous ideas ~
    Cheryl
    zany-mayd.blogspot.com

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  2. Wow, that looks great Jane! What a creative idea:@)

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  3. You always make me smile and shake my head......you need to be on TV!

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  4. I have been saving a pair of crutches for years, trying to think of what to do with them! Thanks for the inspiration, again!

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  5. This project put a huge smile on my face. What a clever creation and I love the different pieces of wood painted white to contrast with the crutches. Fabulous!

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  6. Wow! You are quite possibly the most creative person I've ever seen. Amazing! They look so good!

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  7. Hi Jane, I have a pair of crutches gathering dust, but they aren't wood. My DIL made something very similar to your display using the crutches for her craft shows that she does. It works really great when you are limited on space. I always like seeing what you have made next. Have a great day. Hugs and Prayers Your Missouri Friend.

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  8. Hi Jane, what a great idea, reminds me of shelves from the 40's. Draws the eye up through the visual treats. Always a treat when you post.
    Joy

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  9. The firestorm of ideas just never seems to stop with you. So very, very cute and smart!

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  10. If you did not tell us what the shelf was made out of, I'd have never guessed. I love the lines of it. Sort of like arts and crafts-ish.

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  11. OMG! Speaking about right brained over drive... that is genius! I love the way it looks Jane, You would never know it was a pair of crutches!
    I think that is absolutely genius!
    Susan

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  12. This is fabulous - I would love to crawl inside your head for a day - you have the best ideas!!

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  13. I need to take lessons from you on seeing outside the box! Love it!!! Makes me want to find an old pair of crutches...

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  14. Amazing Jane. You always have the best ideas!

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  15. Wow, I can't believe how you can take something so ordinary and turn it into something new and useful, you continually amaze me! I see your projects and I think. "Well duh, why didn't I think of that?!" Lol! I love the crutches shelves, so cool!

    Tania

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  16. How amazing is this? I think I just might have to borrow this idea....fabulous!

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  17. J-A-N-E!!!!
    I L-O-V-E this project!!!! I want to find a pair of old crutches now~!!! It would work in a small space just perfectly!!
    AMAZING JANE!!!
    Warmly,
    deb

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  18. I love this idea. They look fantastic.

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  19. Jane, you certainly do think out of the box. This is so clever.

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  20. Only you Jane...only you would see crutches as a shelf! and it looks fabulous in your entry.

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  21. Of course it is unconventional it's a Jane creation. I love it and it fits perfect, it is so hard to find a shelf small enough for a little space.......As always...Genius!

    Carol

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  22. Amazing! You have the best imagination!!! They look great in your entry!

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  23. I love the nice narrow size, it could be used so many places! You are so inspiring, Jane!

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  24. You are amazing!!! Such a neat idea! I love it!

    hugs
    Karen B. ~ Todolwen

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  25. Love it! I had to show hubs! Wonderfully creative!

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  26. Just when I think you've come up with the coolest idea....you top yourself! Amazing crafty mind you have. I love the shelf!

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  27. How fun are those. I love how you kept the wood natural.

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  28. I love this idea! The wood patina is great and contrasts nicely with the white shelves. You are so creative! Jean

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  29. It's so fun getting your posts. You are amazingly creative!

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  30. Seriously in LOVE with this, I want I want I want!!! I love all of your projects, such great and creative ideas. Shared this over on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheCozyOldFarmhouse

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  31. This is my favorite of ALL your creations (so far)

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  32. You amaze me! Another brilliant idea! laurie

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  33. Really cute! Dang, I used to have a pair of crutches just like that. Can't for the life of me remember what happened to them! If I still had them I would be making a shelf tonight!

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  34. Oh my golly wogs...This is so unconventional but so unique and a beauty to boot. I would never have thought in a million years that a pair of crutches could make a darling shelf. You have my greatest admiration!:)

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  36. This is Fabulous, Jane! Love, Love :)

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  37. Ditto all the comments above, and feeling a little angst about the crutches I didn't get at a garage sale last weekend! Now I know what I'll do when the next pair show up! Thanks for all your inspiration and ideas.

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  38. I so much love the way that you think outside of the box!

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  39. Now that is really creative Jane. Don't see many of the wooden crutches anymore. Hope I do find a pair.
    Thanks for sharing your talents.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  40. WOW!!! This is SOOO clever...I NEVER would have thought of this!! LOVE it :)

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  41. Lol! Love it! Old crutches never looked so good or came in handy!

    Jeanine

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  42. I'm hardly surprised that you would turn something as unconventional as crutches into a shelving unit. Turned out super cute, and looks perfect in your entry. Hope you're doing well.

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  43. I've always thought old wooden crutches were rather attractive, but never would have envisioned them repurposed as anything. And that's what makes you so amazing. You've definitely got a real eye for seeing the potential in things and turning them into something really fantastic!

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  44. You are so brillant! I get giddy when I see your name pop up in my reader.

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  45. you are the QUEEN of repurposing ! truly! your imagination for transforming everyday things into extraordinary and functional pieces always amazes me! i said it before and i'll say it again....publish a BOOK! well done! ;)

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  46. I am always amazing at your imagination and talent!

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  47. I'm a follower, I'll follow you anywhere! I love your ideas and the instructions you give. You make it look so easy. Thanks, Cheri

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  48. Only you, Jane could come up with this unique way to use old cruthches. I love the way you used the white painted shelves with that rich old wood. I had to show it to hubby because he is a natural wood guy and I like to paint everything white. What a good mix.

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  49. Hello Jane,
    The shelf may be unconventional,but it is FANTASTIC !!! I love it.Who would have thought to make cruches into a gorgeous shelf.
    Beautiful job !!!
    XXOO Marie Antionette

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  50. this turned out great. a very good use for old crutches, i'd say.
    i saw a similar piece a few years ago at an 'arts and crafts' fair in northern california. the artist had very cleverly taken a bunch of old crutches and made all kinds of furniture, besides a shelf, i remember one piece she made where she had cut the bottoms of the crutches into table legs. very kool!
    i love this piece, it is genius. you go girl!

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  51. I have seen crutches many times in my life and never have I thought shelving. Your creative mind is amazing!!!! You need to write a book!

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  52. You never cease to amaze me ... What a clever use for those old girls.....first holding up some unfortunate person and now holding charming little items... perfect.

    xo
    Spencer

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  55. Hello Jane. I'm from Brazil and your project is circulating on facebook but without credit. I found you through a search on Google Images. Congratulations! I'm posting on my fanpage link to this post. Hugs.

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  56. Hi Jane. I love your upcycle stuff! The crutch shelf is so genius! Do you have a Pinterest Board I can follow?

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  57. Genius!!!!! If you put books on the shelves it becomes child friendly. I might have to start looking for crutches.at yard sales. You are very creative and should keep sharing.

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  58. Oh my goodness! This is what creativity is truly all about...I'm in aw!

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  59. Hi Jane
    I sent you an email on Tuesday, requesting permission to include this post in our next issue of The Owner Builder magazine. I'm not sure if you have received the email yet?
    Each issue, we have a Special Feature and this time it is on novel solutions for Books Storage. I think this fits the bill nicely!
    Please could you let me know either way.
    Thanks, Lynda Wilson
    Publisher
    www.theownerbuilder.com.au

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  61. This is shear genius! Thank you so much for sharing. Reading Bruce's stories inspire me. I do not know anyone with ALS personally, but OJ Brigance, a former Baltimore Raven, suffers from the disease. OJ's story inspires me too. I love your blog. Keep up the good work. I seriously cannot thank you enough for sharing your strength and talents.

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  62. i love this idea. Will look for creative ways to use extra things i have out in my garage. I need help. I have been living in FL since 1981. Originally from the Virginias, I am wanting to move to WV. I have found an old house there with high ceilings and solid interior woodwork. Any ideas as to what I should do with my Orlando, FL villa? I was thinking of either renting or selling it (renting would be better currently as FL still have a selling surplus). Anywho it would be cheaper to just get rid of my things here and start fresh in WV. Let me know what you folks think. sandras2825@yahoo.com or MztzPain@gmail.com

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  63. I love this!
    Any chance you could provide the measurements (length) of each of the 4 shelves?

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    1. Hi - I wish I could give you the measurements but I sold the shelf awhile back and never wrote the measurements down. Sorry I couldn't be more help.
      Jane

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  64. wonderful! creative and beautiful! <3 thank you for sharing!

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