I used to be a tree…
Guest Post: By Ima Birch
and suddenly I became a pencil post, riding around in someone’s car.
Then drilled and cut and screwed together.
Some nice man named Richard came to help put me together.
And the cute man at the plumbing supply place who likes to practice his English cut some pipe into rods.
And a closet was born. I think I liked being a tree better but I could have ended up being a fence post or outside in the weather so I guess being part of a closet is okay. And these folks got a closet for 100 Euros.
Martha writing now:
I had been haunting second hand stores and drawing plans for months for something to act as a closet.
There was this piece. Absolutely gorgeous but HUGE. It would have taken up an entire wall in either my office or Ben’s. Too big for our bedroom.
There were pieces like this, less expensive, more utilitarian but still 400, 500 Euros. I really don’t want to spend a lot of money buying furniture for our ‘furnished’ apartment so I kept drawing plans.
They looked like this and when I started pricing conventional lumber to make it, well each piece would have been 15 to 20 Euros a piece. It could have cost 180 to 240 Euros for just the lumber. I looked around for optional sources. In the US I had made our headboard out of bamboo. Why couldn’t I find something like that here? Nosing around enough garden centers I found the pencil posts for only 2.50 Euros each. 15 pencil posts were only 37.50, the screws, rods and fabric brought the cost up to 100 Euros. A pretty good solution. And the fabric is much prettier than it photographs.