Around the House

dumpster dresser no more

So remember back in early 2014 {I can say that now that 1/6 of the year has gone by, right?} when I told you I went on a dumpster shopping adventure?

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Especially considering that they started like this.

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So let’s go back to New Years Eve.  I drove to our community dumpster and there was a dresser, sitting all alone in the cold.

I thought to myself, I should take this, but honestly didn’t know what I would do with it. Afterall, it was missing all the drawers.

So I left it.  Then when I found myself still thinking about it twenty-four hours later, I decided I would stop on the way home from getting groceries and see if it was still there.

It was. And now that it was beginning to rain, I decided I didn’t have time to wait for G to help me come back and load it.  This was coming home with me right then.  

So after some awkward maneuvering, I managed to get it in the back of my car {yay for SUV’s!}.

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And then I cleaned it as much as possible and moved it to its new home… a big blank wall in our living room that was wanting some furniture in front of it.

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When I picked it up on that rainy day, I knew I wouldn’t use it as a dresser, but rather as a bookcase or console.  I gave myself a few days to think about how best to go about getting it there and then I went to work.

First thing I did was to remove the drawer tracks.

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With two screws each track, it only took about 10 minutes to remove all of them and already I saw improvement.

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Later that night I sent a text to one of my brother-in-laws who has recently built some tables and benches.  I asked him about different types of wood, plywood, and mdf and asked what he recommended to use for shelves and the next morning I was off to Lowe’s.

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I picked up some plywood for the shelves, and one of the small test pots of paint which I had color matched to Benjamin Moore’s Dragonfly.  I wanted the back of the case to be a different color {like seen on Young House Love} and the rest of the piece would be Olympic Country Beige, which I already had on hand from previous painting projects.

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Once I finished all the painting, I realized because of the depth of the piece, you don’t really notice the back is a different color.  Still glad I tried it though.

The next step was to position all the shelves.  Now here’s where I tried to save a few dollars.

The measurements for the shelves to be flush on both sides were 26”.  The plywood I found at Lowe’s only came in 48” so in order to save, I had it cut down to two 24” boards.  I knew I was going to use trim to cover up the differences so I thought it would work.

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While you can still see the gaps on the sides at certain angles, I was overall pleased with how well the trim helped to conceal everything.  For the trim, I chose various widths to give it some dimension and then used liquid nails to secure the trim in place.  Once the liquid nails was set for a few minutes, I went back over with painters tape to hold it in place so it could dry.

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When all was finished drying, I peeled the tape off and started loading things on.  We still have a long way to go – and a gallery wall to arrange overhead but my dumpster piece, you’ve come along way.

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Around the House

a Craigslist gem

A few weeks ago, we started looking for a desk. It was time for G to have a designated place {other than our couch} to study and do his work.

I started looking online at a few of my go-to places for furniture, one of those being Craigslist. After about a week of searching I came across this table and emailed the seller {shhhhh, don’t tell G she called it a ladies desk}.

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She replied to let me know she had someone coming to look at it and then I never heard back. Bummer.

Last Sunday I was trolling scrolling through again and the same desk appeared.  I decided to email her to check if it was still available and to my surprise she replied that it was! The first person that was interested had been going back and forth with a time to come look, and luckily for me, she never came!

In the email, she let me know that the desk had some worn areas on the top. I told her I wasn’t to worried about worn areas since G would just be using it to study for seminary and that we might be painting it anyways.  We then made quick plans to see it that night!

That night we met one of the nicest sellers on Craigslist.  We chatted for a few minutes with her and her husband, looked the desk over, and got ready to pay.  The desk was in great condition so we were ready to offer the full asking price but when we pulled out the money, she only took $20 and said she wanted to help us as G got started with school!


Now normally when you hear about Craigslist you hear of sketchy places and sellers {both of which I’ve encountered}, but this lady was a gem, and our new-to-us desk is pretty special too!