Frugal Tuesday: Use the Scraps!

Not long ago, Mr. Vega spent some time screening in our back porch, and it came out beautifully. We used a heavy-duty pet-resistant screening on the bottom, because our cats sometimes get a little excited during their bird- and squirrel-watching time. The upper part of the porch was done with a less-expensive clear-view screening, and there was quite a bit of that left over when the project was completed.

When we bought the school bus that we’re converting into a recreational vehicle, we realized the same thing we already knew about the porch outside our house: the great outdoors is more pleasant without mosquitos in our immediate area!

Fortunately, my husband is pretty creative, and he figured out a way to create some removable window screens that we can mount inside of the open bus windows. Even more fortunately, our leftover screening was just the right amount for what we needed. A trip (okay, three) to the store my Cuban father in law calls “Home People” for framing material, and an afternoon of measuring, sawing, assembling, and splining yielded up  beautiful custom-made screens that will let us enjoy cooling cross-breezes in the bus without any pesky unwanted visitors.

With kitchen, bathroom and flooring projects in store for our little hippie house, we’re looking forward to using more leftover materials for the bus remodel as well.

When have you been able to use supplies left from one project to complete another?

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2 thoughts on “Frugal Tuesday: Use the Scraps!

  1. What an amazing job on the porch! It looks beautiful!
    It’s always a bonus when you can use scraps! I had to train my husband into not getting rid of ‘stuff’ once we moved here. So many odd bits and pieces were left on this property that have been used to create things we needed. I always feel a bit more satisfaction when creating something out of leftovers! 😀

    • Thank you, he’s very proud of his work, and it’s a lovely place to sit and enjoy the view! It’s not always easy to find the balance between being thrifty and hoarding junk, but it’s so darn satisfying when we get it right, isn’t it?

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