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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.


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.
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