In our first minimalism challenge update, we mentioned that instead of recycling an item beyond repair, we were going to repurpose that item. With limited free time on the weekends, I decided to take a Friday off from work earlier this month to concentrate on transforming an old, broken TV stand into a standing computer desk.
Following the theme of the shelves I built a few months ago in the kitchen, I decided to go once again with the wood and pipe look. After quickly conceptualizing the design, I drew it out on a piece of paper to determine the pipe lengths and connectors I would need.
I spray painted the pipes and assembled everything the same day. The total cost of the project was $135. This is a little more than I initially envisioned spending, but it is more functional than what we had before and I plan on using this desk for years to come.
Prior to building this, I had been using another standing desk for my laptop, but the tabletop was way too small. Here’s a picture of our old desk on the left with the new one on the right. I’ll probably end up putting a larger top on the original desk in the relatively near future.
In addition to the desk, I also decided to build and install two simple shelves for our laundry room. When we first moved into our house, the laundry room had no shelving at all. The builder told us that our model didn’t include any shelving or cabinetry, but they’d let us know if any extra sets came along.
A few days later, the builder stopped by our house with a 42” x 42” cabinet that closely resembled the ones in our kitchen. We took it and installed the cabinet over our dryer. This was great, though we were left with an awkward, open space above the washing machine.
It remained that way for nearly two years. During that time, we talked about putting something there, but never got around to it. Taking advantage of my motivation to build things on my day off, I finally put up some shelves.
What do you think? Do I have a future side business in early retirement? How much do you think people would be willing to pay for custom shelves, desks, or maybe even tables?