As my home restoration is coming to the end very soon, I have been itching to make something new! I have had a vision of a bookcase that I wanted to build in our library. Last summer I bought a very basic oak bookcase at a yard sale. It was about the right height and had plenty of shelf space. It had the back duct taped on and the price was $35! That worked for me. It was very solid and I knew it had the basic bones I was looking for. So all I needed was a base to put under it. I initially thought of a 1930-40's buffet, the kind with long legs and doors on each side. The plan was to cut off the legs and put the bookcase on top then dress it up with antique trim.
After searching for a year and not finding any deals I spent a weekend cleaning out the garage. Now I know why I couldn't find a deal anywhere...it was already in my possession! About 7 years ago I paid $6 for the bottom half of a hutch. It wasn't exactly what I had in mind but I thought it would work.