I always wonder why people throw away perfectly good furniture, like this dumpster desk makeover that I did.
I can see if it’s infested with bed bugs. But it’s it’s a perfect sound piece of furniture, in my opinion, putting it out beside the trash should be the last resort. Are they too lazy to call the Salvation Army for a free pickup? Or do they just enjoy filling landfills with stuff that may never decompose?
Eh– whatever the reason, thrifty souls like myself look at it as an opportunity to transform other people’s castoffs from the “uninspiring” to the “unbelievable.”
And that’s exactly what happened with this “dumpster desk”!
When I found this desk years ago at our condo complex, it was sitting there, just as perfect as could be. It had all its drawers. I just took them out and stupid me forgot to put them back in for this picture :). But it really was in great condition. I stopped the car so fast, put it in Park, and lugged that baby up the sidewalk and down 2 sets of stairs just to put it in our storage unit.
We didn’t have the space for it in our condo, but I knew one day we’d buy a house and it would serve its purpose for me.
Sure enough, a couple years after, we were finally settling into another house, and we had all our things packed and loaded. And–GASP!–hubby almost left this desk behind!! “There’s no space in the truck.”
No space, my foot!!! When you save a desk from the trash and hold onto it for 2 years, you don’t just leave it behind because there’s “not enough space.”
Glad I was able to save it twice!
This desk….my friends….had become my blogging desk in my reading room…..This was where all the “blogging” magic happened well into the midnight morning hours while the family slept. 🙂
Here’s How I Transformed It
I absolutely love Annie Sloan decorative chalk paint (but if you’re not sure what paint you should use on your furniture pieces, be sure to read my post What’s the Best Paint For Furniture?)
Annie Sloan is awesome because it doesn’t smell (read: you can paint inside and there aren’t any toxic fumes)….doesn’t require priming….sticks to nearly anything….blah, blah, blah. And it doesn’t matter that it costs $38 a quart. It’s my favorite!