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Topic: Crappy Walmart bookcase, reuse shelf parts.. made new bookcase  (Read 4346 times)
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« on: September 06, 2009 12:58:09 PM »

I bought two 5 shelf shelves from walmart( even they used to sell better quality furniture!) and i was surprised at how small the box was. the full length pieces were half the size and had to be stacked on top of each other, which made th whole structure inferior.I have to re fix, rescrew this shelf many time, restaple the backing even to make it last longer. I have had it about 6 months.. i gave up!

Instead of going and buying more inferior furniture, i bought pine boards from lowes. I think i spent $25 and figured that this would make two entirely new shelves that would last a lot longer. I am reusing the shelves from the existing shelf. They are pressboard but ill use them until they die! LOL

I took 2 6" wide boards braced them together with 2x boards and screwed them all together, then attached the pressboard shelves, one at bottom and one at top and then two in the middle. I screwed those in place also for added stability. I then painted all the pine black. Please excuse the crappy paneling and carpet.. i need to vacuum!!!

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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2009 03:05:21 PM »

That looks great! I can't believe how much furniture is lately and wish I had the means to make my own. Great job!!

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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2009 11:08:36 AM »

This is a great reuse of crappy furniture.  I applaud you.

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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2009 09:33:26 PM »

Thank you so much for posting this! I too have been a victim of the new Walmart shelves (and YES they we're better), and you gave me ideas. Awesome!
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2009 12:10:36 AM »

My husband and I were burned by the WalMart bookshelves a few years ago.  I don't know why companies would want to make/sell crappy products, unless it's just because they know they can get away with it.  We returned ours to the store, but I think it's cool that you used yours to make something better.  It looks nice!

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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2009 10:14:29 PM »

I have 3 of the old shelves they used to sell (that were one piece side panels) They are still going strong. I bought 2 new ones about 6 months ago, they are now trash Sad I wish I had thought of this.
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