Rolling Room Divider - recycled wood

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Project by Karen posted 03-15-2008 11:33 PM 6114 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a giant storage unit I just finished. I made it because I needed a place to put vanity items like hairdryer and lotions etc. I had a big seven foot bookcase and thought that I could mount a full length mirror on the back of it. Then I imagined the whole thing built on top of a heavy movers dolly. It grew from there. Oddball pieces of scrap wood made their way to the unit as I built it from the bottom up. It is rough and painted with flat white paint and then alkyd. I know that this is not a piece of art like the wonderful work on this site. But I am enjoying using it! It is easy to clean and rolls around effortlessly. I guess my projects are out of necessity and my ability is in making something from nothing, or almost nothing. Thank you all for your fantastic work. I DO love the beauty of wood by the way! My recycled pieces are all painted for obvious reasons. They are made up with ugly scrap wood and need to unified visually. I have a glowing old burled wood veneer dresser I would never paint and intend on repairing with help from users on this site!

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#1 posted 03-15-2008 11:47 PM

Very cool, and creative. I’ll have to show my wive lol I know she’ll love it


-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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#2 posted 03-16-2008 12:30 AM

Pretty nice. Don’t let my wife see it though.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 03-16-2008 04:32 AM

Don’t sell yourself short Karen. Creating something that you can use everyday is very special. I think you did a great job. I hope you keep creating…. and I hope you keep sharing with us. Very nice work.

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#4 posted 03-16-2008 04:43 AM

Very nice work Karen and great use of the reclaimed materials.

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#5 posted 03-16-2008 08:20 AM

Thank you so much for the words of encouragement. I LOVE THIS SITE! I agree not to ever sell yourself short. I am a big thinker. If I can fit it in an 18×14 ft space, I will be able to rip it apart and make something useful out of it! Hehehe. I cut a few things completely in half vertically this week to make them suit my needs. Thats what is great about making your own furniture or storage areas, at least in an apartment. You can make it exactly the way you want it, and fit to the space. To me it is almost unthinkable to buy an audio cabinet or bookcase retail. Buying or making one handmade and custom designed is the best option if you can make it happen! Thank you friends. :)

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#6 posted 03-16-2008 11:07 AM

Nice solution for a necessary evil for all of us – space for the goodies. Don’t worry about painting your wood, MsDebbie has actually been known to paint Walnut white :-)).

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 03-16-2008 11:13 AM

Hehehe cajunpen you make me smile! Thank you for that! I appreciate your kind comments so much. :)

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#8 posted 03-16-2008 11:17 AM

Looks good to me. You did a very nice job on your functional unit. Thanks for posting.


-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 03-16-2008 02:28 PM

Top notch. You will get accolades around here for using repurposed lumber. (As you should)

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#10 posted 03-16-2008 05:37 PM

Very clever project. Your inspiration and determination are much welcome here. This just goes to show that functionality plays a hugh role in the work we do. What good is a trophy that is too precious to touch and use? I really like this build because of “thinking green”, and rolling project pieces. Karen what you may have built was a prototype of things to come. Keep on building, creating and enjoy the journey.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#11 posted 03-16-2008 08:44 PM

This is a nice re-direction of materials. Well done.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#12 posted 03-17-2008 04:40 AM

Karen, I second or third the applause here for the repurposing of materials that were otherwise heading to the dump. The unit looks great and very useful.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#13 posted 03-17-2008 11:00 PM

if my wife finds out about this , i’ll be building one as well. nice work

-- eric post, tallahassee FL

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#14 posted 03-18-2008 08:33 PM

Nice job~ functional, creative and nicely finished. With that talent you maybe searching for a larger apartment to expand your craft.

-- Bill - - Ad-Marketing Guy, Ramsey NJ

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#15 posted 04-05-2008 05:29 AM

Great job. There is nothing more satisfying than overcoming issues.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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