Smart Shelving From Car Accessories - Autocycle Upcycle

4 Materials
$50
2 Hours
Easy

I always love a good DIY challenge, so I was really thrilled when I was asked to join the an Autocycle Challenge. I had to buy something car-related from Gumtree, a secondhand online store, and upcycle the item into a covetable home décor piece. Let me show you how I turned an unwanted car ramp into über cool shelving in 6 quick steps!

Besides the car ramps, you will need matte black spray paint, 4 pieces of pine veneer ply and some clear wood varnish (I had left over from another project).

STEP 1:

The supplier was kind enough to cut the plywood to size, and all I had to do was to sand them with 100 grit sandpaper. But when cutting wood always measure twice: the ramps are tapered so each shelf has a different length and width! 

STEP 2:

A quick coat of clear varnish seals the wood and protects it from stains and other damage. Just look at that gorgeous grain!

STEP 3:

Spray the car ramp steel with black spray paint. I really love the matte colour and surprisingly I only needed a single coating! Check on the spray paint can’s instructions - f ind out why! 

And something else to keep in mind when spraying outside: don’t stand down-wind from the object you’re spraying 

STEP 4:

In order to secure the shelves to the frame, I drilled 2 small holes through the base of each frame. Now you can put the whole thing together!

See how I screw-fixed the shelves and assembled the rest here.

It was really very easy to do and I love the result: clean, simple, and with a trendy industrial element!


Have a look at the original post here to see what the winner did!


Happy Upcycling!

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  • Lori B
    on Jul 27, 2019

    This is a really cool idea! Very creative! Nice job

  • Cathy
    on Aug 3, 2019

    This is a really nice project - love it!

  • Bonnie
    on Aug 3, 2019

    Won't the shelves bow down after awhile .

    • Melody Hill Kelley
      on Aug 5, 2019

      That’s an optical illusion as the metal ends the boards are sitting on is at an angle giving the boards a bowed look.

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  • Tonia Lee
    on Aug 5, 2019

    It is really nice, it look like something you would see in a high end store, super cool

  • Shirley
    on Sep 26, 2019

    Very creative and looks nice. My only problem with it is that Car Ramps ; out of necessity for their actual use , are Heavy! I know because I have had to move them at times. Of course that would only be a problem on those occasions when you

    wanted or needed to move them. I like the idea.

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