Skip Nav
Decor Shopping
6 Anthropologie Shopping Tips Straight From an Employee
13 Bathrooms That'll Convince You to Hop on the Shower Plants Trend
Decor Shopping
This Is the Official Home Decor Color of Summer 2017

Cool Idea: Library Furniture For the Home

Craftster member Summerswann has a talent for seeing a diamond in the rough. Such is the case with her recent secondhand acquisition, a library card catalog. She writes, "While at my very favorite thrift store I spied this section of vintage library card catalog. It was very stained and faded, as if it had been sitting outside for years, but for $7 I knew I had to have it!"

She took it home and gave it a good cleaning and sanding. To see how she adapted it for her home,


After staining the card catalog, Summerswann added four mid-century modern-style metal table legs, and now has an inexpensive and very cool coffee table for her living room. What a great upcycling project! I'm always so inspired to see people creating beautiful things on a budget.

To get the full story about Summerswann's project, check out her post on Craftster.


Around The Web
Join The Conversation
lazybones101 lazybones101 8 years
Totally impressive. I am jealous of your ability to see beyond the intention of product. AND, you did a fabulous job fixing it up!
sarah-t-a sarah-t-a 8 years
for 7 dollars I would have bought it even if I didn't know what to do with it
roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
i agree w/leene and i'm not sure about the legs (i think i would have preferred wood ones)... but this is FANTASTIC and what a great idea!!!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Cool find!
OChottie OChottie 8 years
that is really neat!
mletrav mletrav 8 years
WOW. Jealous!
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 8 years
I LOVE that. I've been wanting to repurpose a card catalog for a while because I worked in a library and find them cute and a little nostalgic.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
We have CD cabinets that look like card catalogs, but they were kinda expensive.
lauriegilbert lauriegilbert 8 years
I'm so jealous of that seven dollar price tag! Where I live they're popular so it'd run me at least ten times that.
hanako66 hanako66 8 years
love this
gooniette gooniette 8 years
wow, i'm impressed. very nice.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I love this! It looks great and it's perfect for storing things you use frequently, but don't want just sitting out.
emellemiko emellemiko 8 years
7 DOLLARS??? What a steal! It looks great!
Leene Leene 8 years
I love the idea. Not so sure about the legs, but all in all - it looks great.
Coffee Grounds Garbage Disposal Cleaners
Coffee-Table Ideas From Instagram
DIY: Paper Wreath
Before and After: From Dull to Punk
Ikea Hack DIY Projects
Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Before and After: An Ikea Clock Gets a Facelift
How-To:  Make Homemade Gift Tags
Shopping For Coffee Table
Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Home & Garden
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds