I am not the first genius to use a crate as a bookshelf, and most of the repurposing in our place is due to us running out of room. But I do love seeing the "creative reuse" of everyday things when they are used for purposes other than they were intended. One of my favorites in our place is reusing the old architectural beam detail samples from a project I worked on in Sausalito that are now bookends in Stella's room (you've seen the tour by now). But this one is the most practical:
Behold Oliver's changing table. A used hollow core interior door, cut down to my specifications and trimmed by my favorite contractor, Andrew, and set on top of a pair of stacked Utrecht flat files. I haven't had a home office set up for a couple of years now, so this was a great compromise (selling them being the other option). It's the perfect height, with lots of room for other things like diapers, wipes, blankets, a light, a fan, semi-clean clothes I don't want to put back in Oliver's dresser, etc. We changed Stella on top of an Ikea 2 x 4 Expedit bookshelf, after we gave away our traditional changing table to make room for the bookshelf. Just goes to show, you don't really need half the stuff you think you'll need when you have a baby.
If I ever get this guy potty trained, I wonder what to do with it next. It's so deep, and it's not easy to sit at. Not the greatest proportions for most uses, but it's a damn good changing table!