Salvaged Shelf Re-imagined…as a Tablet Stand

Salvaged Shelf Re-imagined…as a Tablet Stand

One of my favorite things to happen is this: I walk into a thrift/salvage shop, stumble upon something unique or odd, and instantly have an idea for a project. Perhaps not ideal for anyone reading this- because I’ve found a one-off and it can’t be immediately replicated from the same item at a shop near you- but nonetheless, I love that moment of upcycling inspiration. Probably because it means I’m not entirely tapped out of ideas just yet!

But that’s what happened here- a quick trip to my local Habitat ReStore yielded an unusual find- this interesting shelf/sconce. In fact, the sawtooth hanger on the back is the only reason I knew what it was!

Unusual wooden shelf sconce at Habitat ReStore

It definitely has possibility…

It was well-made (i.e., solid wood) and didn’t have any markings on it, so I assumed it to be someone’s own personal handiwork and not a commercially-made piece. Which made me grow even fonder of it! But anyway, back to my inspiration…

I decided on the spot that it would be the perfect tablet stand for my kitchen. I’m always cooking or baking something from Pinterest, often using one of our tablets instead of dragging my laptop into the kitchen. But I didn’t have a tablet stand…until now.

All I needed to do was add a small ledge to the front- something for the tablet to butt up against so it could lean back. Right off the bat, a tile holder from Scrabble came to mind- but I didn’t have one that wasn’t already part of a game set.

So, I’d make my own. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Repurposing it into a Tablet Stand

Luckily, I had plenty of random scrap trim leftover from my garden trellis project…including this piece that even had the same shape as a Scrabble tile holder.

Creating a tablet stand with wooden shelf and scrap wood trim

Ignore the junk stash in the background…

We measured (twice) and cut (once)-hallelujah, a perfect fit! We also lightly sanded down the raw edges until they were smooth.

DIY tablet stand from thrift store wooden shelf and salvaged wood trim by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Creating the ledge…

And then I used wood glue to attach the ledge to the sconce, and let it relax overnight as the glue cured.

DIY tablet stand from thrift store wooden shelf and salvaged wood trim by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Super easy, right?

The Big Reveal

And while I didn’t *need* to paint it, the grey winter days were annoying me and I craved color…so I picked up a latex sample from Home Depot because this punchy coral just spoke to me.

DIY tablet stand from thrift store wooden shelf and salvaged wood trim by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A breath of fresh air!

And once it was properly awash in gorgeous color, I set our 7” tablet (similar to a Kindle or Nook) in it and it worked like a charm!

DIY tablet stand from thrift store wooden shelf and salvaged wood trim by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The perfect prop-up for following a recipe!

I love re-envisioning random pieces like this shelf…and it’s seriously perfect for a smaller tablet. This will make following a recipe far easier…and it looks pretty snazzy, as well.

DIY tablet stand from thrift store wooden shelf and salvaged wood trim by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

All done and ready to bake something!

Craft On! (And Happy 2016)

S


 

PIN ME!DIY tablet stand from thrift store wooden shelf and salvaged wood trim by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. It turned out so nice. I love it when a project just comes together!!

  2. that for sure is a color to chase away the winter blahs 🙂 awesome tablet stand! and I am jealous, I could use one too but I am sure I won’t find something as cool as yours!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Right?? Especially with all the rain we’ve had the past few weeks. I needed a little tropical color to transport me away!

  3. Wow!!! This is fantastic! I love the colour you chose! Will keep my eyes peeled for something similar to refashion!!

  4. You just have a knack for seeing things differently~that’s a talent most of us would love to have! And that color..WOO! Gawjous!

  5. just wonderful! will be going to the Hospice Thrift Store in the next few days, so eyes will be looking!!! 🙂

  6. I love that! Even though I know I won’t find a shelf just like yours, it gives me a good idea what to watch out for. Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us!

  7. Perfect! What a fun idea! How can I possibly ignore the junk stash in the background? I was trying to figure out what you were going to do with it. Thanks for sharing at our first Talk of the Town.

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Haha! I knew some of my junkin’ sisters wouldn’t be able to resist looking at the stash! 😉

  8. Love this! I wonder if a scrabble tile holder would have worked? Although, guess you had to have extras of those on hand, lol.

  9. That’s a perfect repurpose, Sarah!! Love the coralook color you chose!! Nice job!!

  10. Great idea!

  11. When you look at things differently, the things you look at change…what a wonderful idea! Thank you, for sharing 🙂

  12. How sweet! And practical. I love what a little paint will do to old thrift store finds. Bright, cheery, and full of new life. Great job! I found you from the Welcome Home Wednesday Linky!

  13. that is cute! love the look, color and thriftiness of the whole idea!

  14. Genius! And the color is great!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      I needed a color-shot in the arm on a dreary December day…and that coral did the trick! Thank you so much. 😀

  15. What a great idea, Sarah! I love the color you picked (and I’m obsessed with your tablecloth too!) Thanks for sharing with us at The DIY Collective Link Party, hope you come back again next week! xo!

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      Thanks, Cassie- will do! And my tablecloth is a vintage bed sheet from Goodwill- I can’t stop buying them!!

  16. We much share the same taste because everything you post I love. I have seen these at my Thrift Store so now I will have to grab one.

  17. Love this project! Would you tell me the name of the paint? I have a kitchen stool that will look great in that color!

  18. This is awesome, I never would have thought to make that into a tablet stand!

    Tania

  19. Really great idea! If I make one, I think I might consider drilling a hole in the back for the cord so I could charge the tablet too, if it needed it.

  20. Love your upcycle. Pinned & shared. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party! See you again soon. Happy New Year!!

  21. Looks fantastic! Great idea:)

  22. hannah@seeingthelovely says:

    Wow, what a cool find, and what a great idea! I’ll bet that’s super handy in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

  23. Oh my gosh. This is such a fun and neat idea!! I just love it!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  24. This is so creative Sarah! I walk into a thrift store, find a piece that’s calling my name and immediately have an idea on how to repurpose it. Sadly, I have a closet full of ideas just sitting around collecting dust, LOL!! I would love for you to share this on Celebrate Your Story! Link Party at http://www.thesweetsensations.com/celebrate-your-story-link-party-no-8/. Thank you for the inspiration!

  25. You have such a great eye for seeing what can be rather than what is. Great makeover! Thank you for sharing at Vintage Charm.

  26. That shelf is most likely a doll shelf, I have one like it. In case you were curious, or wanted to make another holder.

  27. What a cute idea! I love repurposing things! I may need to try his one! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday, we hope to see you again this week!

  28. I never would have seen it coming! Great idea. I think I’d like one with a clip on it to corral my printed recipes! Thanks for bringing this over to Throwback Thursday!!

  29. Another beautiful and creative project! 🙂

  30. I walk into a thrift shop and . . . well. . .nothing, no ideas. You have such an amazing talent to turn unwanted items into something that is amazingly useful or a decoration that is totally cool! Thank you so much for sharing your projects with us at Brag About It! Pinning to share.
    ~Laurie

  31. What a neat idea! I love the color you chose too!

  32. love this!! I’ve been meaning to make/buy a tablet stand for when I’m cooking in the kitchen. Thanks for the idea

  33. So perfect for life these days! I just thought of something….you need to write a book!

  34. Love the color! How do you think of all these things to do? Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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