DIY $3.00 Flea Market Screen Turned Into a $10.00 Cabinet

3 Materials
$10
1 Hour
Easy

Turn an old screen in outdoor patio storage in just a few minutes!
A while back I bought an old, vintage screen at a flea market, for $3.00. I knew I could do something with this. I finally settled on asking Dave to build a cedar wood cabinet of sorts, for our deck. I wanted to replace the cheap plastic rack we had. I thought we could put our various barbecue and gardening stuff in it. It would age nicely, with the cedar top and sides. 
It was a 28" wide x 38" long, old green chippy paint with old metal screen.
Dave bought about seven culled 6" wide cedar fence board, about $8.00 total. Since the wood was "culled", misshapen, split, etc., it was pretty cheap! He basically built a box of sorts, reinforcing the corners. I asked Dave to leave the back open since it's up against the house, but he had to stabilize it. For this kind of project I just wanted to keep the price down and be creative. Our cedar box became the body. He used galvanized nails to build it. Dave used a miter saw, but you could use any kind of saw. He did put some scrap plywood on the upper 1/2 of the back to stabilize it.
I did add a hook to hold the door closed in the wind. It's held up great in all the weather! With the bottom back open we can easily get to the power receptacle.
We love it!

Suggested materials:

  • Cedar fencing  (home depot)
  • Galvanized nails  (home depot)
  • Miter saw  (home depot)

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