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« on: April 04, 2008 11:22:27 AM »

I was so excited to see this competition up! I have been needing a kitchen caddy for a looooong time (super small apartment kitchen with no counter space!) but have been finding that they are usually around $50 dollars to buy and tend not to come with the shelves the way I want. Enter dollar store competition et voila! A lovely new kitchen caddy:



The supplies (each costing $1.00 of course)
3 - Large canvases (I got really lucky and found these in a little chinese dollar store I like to frequent!)
2 - Framed document picture holders
2 - Unframed picture holders
1 - Bag of bamboo skewers
1 - Cutting board
1 - Metal basket


I started by removing the canvas from all three frames and then attempted to saw one of them in half with my junior hack saw...needless to say that was somewhat difficult...


I then nailed the sawed halves onto the remaining two frames


I then took the backs out of the frameless frames, nailed one to the top of both the supports then sawed the other one in half and used the two halves for extra support on the side (it was rather wobbly before this point). The frames from the diploma frames got glued to the bottom of the structure for even more support and one of them got covered in skewer sticks to create another shelf. I used the sample photos from both frames on the top shelf and put the glass back on top, then glued down the cutting board next to it. Those little pieces of wood sticking out of the bottom support actually came with the canvases ( i think they were meant to support them or something) they now make perfect win glass holders as they can be turned in and out.


Thank you for looking!!! Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2008 11:29:49 AM »

Wow, you are a genius.
I am in awe of the steps alone. Great job!
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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2008 11:31:49 AM »

Wow! I am totally impressed! I don't know how you even thought of this never mind executed it so totally wonderfully!!! Awesome!!
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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2008 11:33:19 AM »

Great job! I don't know if I envy you more for thinking of this or for getting those canvases for $1 each, lol. It looks really nice and I love the idea of the cutting board on top. I'm really starting to get too many ideas from this challenge!
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2008 11:46:53 AM »

Very impressive! I can't believe it came from dollar store materials.
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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2008 11:56:41 AM »

Wow this is great! so useful!
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« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2008 11:57:31 AM »

Wow I love it!!  This is a great idea and I love the finished product!
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« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2008 12:03:13 PM »

Have you ever see the site Ikea Hacker? This reminds me of some of the stuff on there. There should be a whole new site called dollar store hacker. I can't believe you looked at those materials and came up with this amazing useful thing!
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« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2008 12:04:53 PM »

Awesome! I bet it works perfectly for your small kitchen.. I too know how difficult it is to work in a small kitchen.. although, in my old apartment I don't think we even had the floorspace to add a kitchen caddy like that, haha.  It's amazing to see what everyones coming up with for only 10 dollars or less.  I would have never guessed this cost so little to make!

Have you ever see the site Ikea Hacker? This reminds me of some of the stuff on there. There should be a whole new site called dollar store hacker. I can't believe you looked at those materials and came up with this amazing useful thing!

Haha I agree. Hurry! Someone get on it and make that "Dollar Store Hacker" website!
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« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2008 12:29:15 PM »

this is fantastic!!! I want one... it's so functional!


btw, the purpose of the little pieces from the canvas you used to hold wine glasses are to stretch the canvas if it starts to lose it's tautness around the frame.
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« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2008 12:35:32 PM »

Oh really!? Thank you so much, I was seriously wondering what they were lol.

this is fantastic!!! I want one... it's so functional!


btw, the purpose of the little pieces from the canvas you used to hold wine glasses are to stretch the canvas if it starts to lose it's tautness around the frame.
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« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2008 01:57:12 PM »

Cooooooooool!!!!!

Is want...nay...NEEED one of these..!

Awesome Job!   Grin
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« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2008 02:06:59 PM »

I am amazed that you could see that out of your dollar tree finds.  I am going to be looking at the dollar store in a whole new way! 
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« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2008 02:45:35 PM »

This is so amazing!
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« Reply #14 on: April 04, 2008 03:23:53 PM »

Now that is pretty nifty. Good job you!
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« Reply #15 on: April 04, 2008 04:19:50 PM »

Wow!  That's incredible and pretty and tidy and all sorts of other adjectives.  (good ones)
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« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2008 06:11:22 PM »

That is soooo nice!  What a great idea! Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2008 06:14:29 PM »

You have a great mind!
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« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2008 06:30:45 PM »

That is so creative!  Functional crafts are my favorite, and this is as about as functional as it gets--and very aesthetic, too.
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« Reply #19 on: April 04, 2008 07:13:11 PM »

That is awesome!  Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: April 04, 2008 07:42:10 PM »

Wowzers. Nice Jorb. Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: April 04, 2008 11:52:01 PM »

Those are some pretty spiffy cutting boards.
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« Reply #22 on: April 05, 2008 04:40:15 PM »

You are SO SMART!!!!!
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« Reply #23 on: April 05, 2008 04:55:13 PM »

Totally rad!
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« Reply #24 on: April 05, 2008 07:11:07 PM »

i thought this was such a good idea i had an impulse and went and made a blog:
http://dollarstorehacker.blogspot.com/
PM me your google ID's, anybody who wants to write this blog, and i will put you all in it.

Have you ever see the site Ikea Hacker? This reminds me of some of the stuff on there. There should be a whole new site called dollar store hacker. I can't believe you looked at those materials and came up with this amazing useful thing!

Haha I agree. Hurry! Someone get on it and make that "Dollar Store Hacker" website!
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« Reply #25 on: April 05, 2008 07:28:34 PM »

I'm speechless. This is just so super wonderful and functional and beautiful and. . . I'm running out of 'fuls!

Pure genius.
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« Reply #26 on: April 06, 2008 08:06:06 PM »

When comes the time to furnish my kitchen, I'll come straight to this entry!

AMAZING!!
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« Reply #27 on: April 06, 2008 08:10:11 PM »

Whoa.... you've inspired me to new crafty greatness.
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This is so cool!
I also really hope the blog comes along good  Grin Im in need of good ideas
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« Reply #29 on: April 10, 2008 08:29:30 AM »

Wowwie!! I have to be honest, I cried just a little seing that you took apart the canvases. I see it was for a greater art! The stand looks great.

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« Reply #30 on: April 10, 2008 08:05:12 PM »

i thought this was such a good idea i had an impulse and went and made a blog:
http://dollarstorehacker.blogspot.com/
PM me your google ID's, anybody who wants to write this blog, and i will put you all in it.

Have you ever see the site Ikea Hacker? This reminds me of some of the stuff on there. There should be a whole new site called dollar store hacker. I can't believe you looked at those materials and came up with this amazing useful thing!

Haha I agree. Hurry! Someone get on it and make that "Dollar Store Hacker" website!


Hahahahaha! You have to be careful about sharing great ideas. Someone might do it? Cool! I wonder if there is a way to share this with the rest of craftster. Maybe post it on the recycle/repurpose thread?
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« Reply #31 on: April 11, 2008 06:11:19 AM »

maybe i should, cos so far nobody has PMed me about it.  i mean, i thought it was such a good idea for sure some people would be up for it.  but maybe because i am new nobody wants to send me their gmail ID?
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« Reply #32 on: April 11, 2008 07:10:04 AM »

maybe i should, cos so far nobody has PMed me about it.  i mean, i thought it was such a good idea for sure some people would be up for it.  but maybe because i am new nobody wants to send me their gmail ID?
I don't think that's it. I think that it's just buried. Perhaps most people look at the thumbnails only and don't go through the older posts. And I know that I don't always read all of the responses. I just post my own.
I think you should post it as it's own link.
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Wow I'm impressed!  I never thought about being able to make furniture from the $ store!  Grin
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« Reply #34 on: April 12, 2008 10:07:24 PM »

Very nice, and inspiring!
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« Reply #35 on: April 15, 2008 08:39:38 AM »

I just stopped in to say: DAMN, boo, you HOOKED that kitchen up! FTW.
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« Reply #36 on: April 21, 2008 01:52:02 PM »

Wow! This is super cool!
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« Reply #37 on: June 10, 2009 09:44:01 PM »

This is super awesome! I am featuring it on DollarStoreCrafts.com! (For those of you who wanted a Dollar Store Hacker, we're kind of like that! Smiley )
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