Several weeks ago I attended the Goodwill #Repurpose4Good event to celebrate Earth Month at the OC Goodwill Boutique in Lake Forest. There we were given challenges to RENEW, REUSE, and REPURPOSE items. I was honored to be paired with blogger Justine Burgess to work with me. When I was given the challenge to pull items from the store to make something to be used in a living space, my eyes lit up. This was right up my alley.
Justine and I created what I dubbed the “Urban Belt Book Shelf” out of a text book and belts. I thought it would be perfect to hold a small accessory in the home.
As the days went by, I kept thinking of that shelf and how I wanted to have one for my own home. So I went back to Goodwill of Orange County to purchase the main materials I needed. Here are the steps I took to re-create it for my bedroom.
Text Book – from Goodwill
L Brackets (2)
Belts (2) – from Goodwill
Blue Painters tape
Blue tape the L brackets to the bottom of the book
Lay the book down on its back and put the belts under it with the buckles coming out from the open side of the book. I visually pulled the buckle up to see where it would come to and made the other belt equal in length.
Blue tape the belts over the L brackets on the bottom of the book. Open the book to the desired page and wrap the blue tape around.
With the book now open, the front of the book now rests against the other side of the L bracket. Tape the book to this side of the bracket.
Pull one page from the upper portion of the book and rest it down to the “shelf” portion of the book. You will see why this is important on a later step.
On the back side of the “shelf” drill through the holes in the L brackets through the pages.
Pull up the belt on the back side of the shelf and drill through the holes you just created to make the hole in the belt.
Now it is time to hang the book shelf. In the holes you created, drill screws through to the wall.
Remove all the blue tape from the book and add several pieces of double-sided tape to the top of the back of the shelf.
The page that you pulled earlier now gets put into place, covering the mounting screws.
Buckle the belts.
Accessorize your urban belt book shelf. I selected a piece I found at Goodwill.
#FindTheGood. Think of Goodwill for your next repurposing project. Shopping at Goodwill is a triple win: You get big savings, you help the environment by repurposing goods, and you support job creation for your local community. To learn more about Goodwill of Orange County visit ocgoodwill.org.
Interior Designer at Janeane Pittman Interior Design