using furniture in new ways?
Hi guys! I've been super busy working on my trailer lately (which I would post pics of, but they're HUGE bc I can't figure out how to resize them, 'cause I'm just a literary genius*, not a technological one) and trying to figure out how to make the most of my money in regards to furniture and appliances and whatnot. I'm spending more on the trailer for reconstruction than I really wanted, or planned, to. To be fair, at least one of my projects, the most expensive one so far, is kind of voluntary (ripping out existing tiny shower, and putting a bigger one in), but since I expect to be living there several years, I'm considering it necessary to my continued comfort and sanity. My budget for the trailer is $2,500, which is about $1,500 more than I wanted to spend on it. However, pretty furniture means nothing if the building it's in is unsafe (hello Mr. Electrician, Mr. Door Cutter. Right this way, please), rotting around you (hello roofing supplies), or so bloody inconvenient, all you wanna do is cry and the stress drives you crazy. So yeah. My furniture budget pretty much got consumed by repairs and modifications. So I'm looking at my current furniture to see what I can do with it, and this is where your experiences and suggestions come in. I've got a 6 drawer cedar dresser with mirror. It's not as high as my kitchen cabinets, or even a proper... whatever those things are called upon which one places dishes when one actually cooks, and is about to serve said food. Sits along a wall. Yeah, that thing. It's also not as deep as any kitchen cabinets I've ever seen, but it still provides more surface space than I've currently got. (Tiiiiny galley style kitchen.) Newish cabinets from the aftermarket building supply store are about $70 each. They're unfinished, and I'd have to find something to put on top of them. I'm currently pondering picking up marble or granite floor tiles, the smooth glassy kind (no, I don't actually know if there's another kind. My eyes kinda glaze over when I'm in stores like Lowe's or Home Depot, and I get a headache and wanna go home), and sticking them to a thin piece of formica or something, and putting that on top of my dresser. I'm not too concerned about damaging the wood with water or anything (it's got car clear on it; my coasters are merely for decoration), but I do wonder how to get the formica, or just the marble, if I stick it straight on there, to well, stick, and not move around. I don't want to scuff the wood and glue it on, but I don't want to have a problem with the formica or marble sliding off and spilling or breaking things, either. I'm also pondering using one of my bookshelves as both pantry and plate/glass storage. Oh, and to hold my cookbooks. It's pretty sturdy; the only problem is that it's open and I feel kind of weird about leaving food out like that, and I don't know if this is more of an issue with my cat, or with potential pests. I don't have any mice or bugs at the moment, and I don't want any. Ideas? *Also, I have to say something. I'm so happy about this! I just recieved my fifth award for "Best Essay," and I get to present my latest winner at my school's research symposium. This is pretty awesome, because I've already done it once, and there were other people who were eligible to go, but mine was considered to have better research and a superior style, so I get to go. This is made of win. ^_^