Friday, September 24, 2010

Dumpster Diving

I've had some pretty good luck at my local dump in the last week or so.  I like to publicly bemoan the fact that the intense taxes I pay in my town do not include trash pick-up, but when it comes down to it, if I wasn't regularly hauling my husband's Coors Lite cans (OK there might be a Chardonnay bottle or two in there) to the "transfer station", I'd miss out on some pretty decent stuff at the "swap shop".

Take this carved wooden 'etc' sign, for example.  It's the perfect accent for a narrow spot over my mudroom closet, a space where "etc" reigns for sure.

And the lines of this lonely abandoned desk/table?  Perfection.  Can't wait to pretty it up and find a spot for it.

I picked up these chairs just yesterday:

They have some fun geometric accents within the woodwork, which I'm going for big time:

The velour seat cushions are totally puke-worthy though (apologies if you're a local reader and these belonged to you yesterday morning):

So at least one will get a quick make-over in Schumacher's Chiang Mai Dragon, which my previous uses I've blogged about here.  I love the vibrant colors, and think it will look super sweet against the colors of my children's art collage.

Plus, when I'm not using it for pull-up seating in the kitchen (now that baby girl is too cool/cranky for her high chair, we're a chair short at the kitchen table), I can drag it into the living room, where it will look nice with this recent addition:

My mom picked up this bamboo chair at the church rummage sale for $15, and I had the cushion made with some extra fabric I had.

Have a great weekend, and don't forget to enter our giveaway for a fantastic set of melamine plates and platter by clicking here by Monday at midnight.



  1. I should come dumpster diving by you- what great finds! I cant wait to see how those chairs come out, they are perfect for a little dragon makover- Happy Friday!

  2. It was so fun meeting you two! Your blog is darling as well.

    Love that trellis wallpaper and a huge fan of Schumacher's Chiang Mai Dragon... looking great!


  3. I have never been dumpster diving, but thrifting often comes close. I love finding discarded and forgotten pieces and giving them new life. So lovely to meet you in NYC, and I look forward to reading your blog :)

  4. great finds, Deb! Hope you have a great week! xo