My wife and I moved to Columbus, OH a few years ago and were renting a small apartment in an old stone quadplex. It was common to see various items left on the curbside for all who were interested to snatch-up before the trash man came and hauled it away. So, one day just across the street from our apartment, lay an amalgam of wood products that I knew would surely be worth checking out. Turned out that someone had decided to upgrade there laminated pressboard bed furniture, along with some random pieces of wayward shelving. Although we had access to some basement space, there wasn't really a place for a wood shop of any kind. But I said to myself, what the heck, I got a hammer, a circular saw, and a corded drill...let's make something. So, upon consideration of our current home furnishing inventory, it was decided that the once trash-bound mound of scrap wood...would become our new kitchen hutch.
As you can see, it worked, and I had a blast doing it. On top of that I felt great about my low carbon footprint from reusing those materials. Being someone who had spent a great deal of time advocating the conservation of natural resources, this was a winning situation! So at that point I was ready for another stab at repurposing something else and exercising my "green" hammer.