The Challenge- Accepted (Part II)


The Project: Contuining from Part I, after accepting the challenge to make over my friend’s bedroom in Rs. 7,000… the results are finally out. The budget, which was the main criteria has been kept in check and achieved. We added a new door to the bedroom and a new glass pane to the broken door on the bookshelf, and yet, the budget did not overshoot – not including the labor charges (did not rise from the expected charges).

The whole project took a week to finish. We recycled as much as we could. What we recycled-

  • The glass panes from the old cupboard were cut and framed to make doors for the new horizontal cupboard.
  • One of the overhead cabinet door was broken and had been discarded long ago. So we used the one in the corner, and left the corner space open for decoration
  • The Formica on the old cupboard looked shabby. Formica cannot be removed. A general way to refurbish it is to stick Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) on top of the old formica and put up new Formica on it, or paint it. We did neither. To save MDF (made from wood) we decided to spray paint the old doors. Guess what… the results were awesome. Great matt finish to the new recycled doors – and Rs. 1,300 cheaper.

We had to buy some new items as there was not enough material we could reuse for the project. Total New Items Bought:

  • One 8 x 4 feet plywood – All the new furniture including cabinet doors, framing, and shelves has been made from just one ply.
  •  75 feet of skirting wood – We have more remaining which we are going to use for our other art projects.
  • One 7 x 4 feet plywood- This whole ply was used to make one door. We could not use the old door as it was more than 20 years old and had rotted from the inside. It was to be recycled as per our initial plan.
  • One 2 x 3 feet of glass pane – The old glass had broken such that we could not fix it. But we have found a new use to it. (which will revealed later)
  • Accessories (magnets, handles, paint)

Total Cost: Rs. 6, 660!!

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