You know how you always read on decorating blogs how people have refurbished great pieces of furniture that they found sitting by a dumpster, in an alley or on the curb for trash pickup? I always thought those people were pretty lucky, since none of my neighbors ever seemed to throw away any furniture, let alone anything worth taking.
Until last weekend.
My husband and I were driving in to our apartment complex when we spied this chair and another piece sitting next to the community dumpster. He had barely stopped the car before I jumped out to take a closer look. There was a TV table in sad condition that we couldn’t save, but the chair? It wasn’t exactly pretty, and it was a little wobbly, but it was otherwise in great shape.
I started to ask why the heck someone would throw away a perfectly usable chair when my husband reminded me that their loss is our gain. I’m still sad that the TV table will be taking up space in the local landfill for all eternity, but that’s why it’s really important to purchase furniture that will last as opposed to cheap pieces “for right now” that will eventually fall apart.
Anyway, the chair happens to be a twin-sized futon, so I figure it will come in really handy when my stepsons come for a visit. It shouldn’t be too hard to create seat and back cushions for it, and some sanding and a spiffy new paint job will turn it from a color that I hate into something I could learn to love.
If I can’t find place for it in our home when I’m done, I can always sell it on Craigslist 🙂
Have you ever brought home items that were once headed for the landfill? Share what it was and what you did with it in the comments below!