May 4, 2012 in Building and Repurposing
This is definitely not my typical post, but I have to ask you a question.
Why do people throw away things that could EASILY be repurposed?
Seriously! I wouldn’t exactly call myself Captain Planet, but I can’t help but shake my head at some of the things people just toss in the trash. Furniture especially! If you don’t want it – someone else might.
Yesterday I made a run to Lowes on my lunch break. (Side note – if you follow on Facebook, you know I was stressing about wearing a dress. Ack.) On my way back to the office, I wound up behind a trash truck with a loaded dumpster. What did I spy in the trash??
A dresser sans drawers and what appears to be a chest! Now I know… some people don’t want a dresser without drawers, but for all we know, the drawers could have been in that dresser too! Blog-ville is JAM-PACKED with awesome dresser makeovers with pieces just like this. Sometimes they remove the drawers and add baskets. Helloooooo genius!
Here’s a closer look at the loot:
Be honest though – am I crazy for contemplating telling that driver to pull over? For wanting to climb up in there and dig out the chest with the scrolly legs? Is it strange that I sat at the stoplight staring at the big dresser thinking about how easy it would be to turn it into a great TV stand with basket storage and shelves for DVR and DVD players? Sigh…… they don’t look like trash to me!
Just in case you haven’t stumbled upon the awesomeness, I wanted to share one of my favorite blogs for all-things repurposed – Roadkill Rescue! Beckie runs the show and has created such an awesome collection of projects for you to get lost in. Stop by and wander around. You’ll love it! I totally drooled over this dog bed… I know, I know, how many beds does Roxy really need!
I’m a sucker for a good before and after, and you can’t get much better than a good curbside-makeover! Last year I made over a trash-pile coffee table and am STILL loving it. So much so, that my “nice” coffee table is collecting dust in the basement.
…and I know my sister Karen is scolding me in her head right now, convinced I took these photos while going down the road. Karen – I’d like to point out the traffic light pole pictured in the first photo. I was NOT in a moving vehicle when I snapped these photos. We were stopped at the light and I took the opportunity to creep up closer. So there!