Granny’s Furniture Turns New


the after photo of my granny’s old showcase closet

My real best friends since childhood are not real persons, they’re my books; comics, novels, biographies, anthologies, etc. Where ever I moved, I’ve always been with my books, not all, only some. Books are better than real persons because they never change their words unlike humans.

So, I feel my besties deserve good shelter and I could not take my bookshelves in Lampung when I moved to West Sumatra. Hence I need more space for my new books and old comic books and saving some space for more upcoming books.

My mother took me to furniture stores in this little town of Payakumbuh (yeah, some of you might have never heard of it or cant find it in the map) to buy bookshelf that can store all of my books. But I didn’t like the idea to always buys things whenever we need something, because that can’t make me proud of my self. And of course, you can’t really expect to find a modern, minimalist-yet-vintage looking furnitures in a town that doesn’t even have a real supermarket.

I remembered that we have so many old furnitures from my Grandma combined with my mother’s old furnitures–she buys furnitures like I buy books. So I chose my granny’s old showcase cupboard to be remodelled and repurposed.

It was used as a showcase for my grandma’s dining ceramics, it’s clearly older than me. It had two sliding glass doors and two big shelves, one was only half side. It’s two meter long, that’s more than enough for my books now (in the photos, it’s only 65% of my books in total). I don’t have photos of the original brown cupboard as I’ve used and decorated it before for my bags.


The good thing about old furnitures is that the wood is better and stronger. It doesn’t mildew hence why it’s good for books. The only minus is that it’s so heavy unlike my previous bookshelves (as they’re cheap China-made goods), so I have to decide where it’s gonna be put and not move it again when decorating the room. I took off the sliding doors, add more shelves and re-painted it. Still thinking what I can make with the doors. I only spent 300,000 to buy wood paint, wood shelves and fee for the workman (I’m not good with hammer and saws, don’t wanna kill my self!)


If you’re gonna decorate your granny’s furnitures, you need to be thinking out of the box, don’t just be stuck with one function. Just because it was meant to be a dining table doesn’t mean you can make a hanging cupboard out of it. Just be creative 🙂

If 300,000 IDR can give you a fresh-look furniture, why spend 2 million?