Trash To Treasure

Trash To Treasure

I can’t even begin to tell you how many things I or my daughter have picked up from the side of the road; doors, shelves, dressers, cabinets, computer chairs, vanity, mirror, etc….  Someone else’s trash may be your treasure. I guess it’s taking the time to 1. Notice; if you’re paying attention to big pick up days and not distracted by the everyday, you might see something worth stopping to pick up and take home.  2. Potential; you have to have a vision. You have to be the type of person that has an ‘eye’, so-to-speak, someone that can see what something is, and/or what it could be. 3. Imagination; if you have a creative imagination, what you’re picking up may not be what it’s used for.  You might pick up a bookshelf and use it as a shoe rack. Planter Box GreenhouseYou might pick up a piece of plexiglass and instead of using it on your door, you might use it as an outdoor side table top or covers for your raised garden beds as a greenhouse.  The ideas are endless.

The only cost to you is the materials to fix up whatever you picked up.

Another great way of finding things, for little to nothing, is yard sales and thrift stores.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found things at either place and turned it into something useful.  The great thing about yard sales is you can talk people down on price. Usually the last day of a sale is when people are thinking, “I don’t really want to bring all this stuff back into my house…and where is this stuff going to go?”  That’s when you can negotiate a price. Always remember, the worst thing a person can say is, “no”. If you’re not willing to pay what they are asking, then it’s not meant to be. So, let’s move on.

I would be in so much trouble if we owned a pick up truck.  I would be grabbing so much stuff all the time, driving my husband crazy.

I have trained my daughter well.  Almost every piece of furniture in her room is either something she picked up on the side of the road or a piece of furniture we have re-purposed.  She picked up a rough looking lingerie dresser on the side of the road (actually it was our neighbor’s, shh…don’t tell). Unfortunately, she didn’t remember to take a picture of the ‘before’, because she was so excited to get started on the project.  The dresser was definitely a one-of-a-kind, and totally her.

Pallet FurnitureA previous post, I talked about making furniture out of pallets.  Well my friends, how much more ‘garbage’ can you get with a pallet?  I mean, so many are being thrown away all the time. Make sure to pick some up, and check out my first-ever made:  pallet furniture; I made it all on my own, and the steps to show you how.  It’s really easy.

plant holderMy favorite find was this iron planter sitting on the side of the road.  It caught my daughter’s eye and I should be so ashamed that I didn’t see it first.  We had to stop and pick it up. My daughter was so nice to let me have it, considering, right now she doesn’t have the place for it.  After a little TLC, I had myself a brand new-looking plant holder. I couldn’t be happier. Check out my youtube video to see my process; before and after and what I used to bring it back to life.

I usually use the Rust-Oleum spray paint when I redo my lawn furniture every year, but when painting the plant holder I just used what I had lying around (something I used on a previous project).spray paint  Click on the picture and order spray paint for your next trash to treasure project.  There are may colors to pick from, especially if you’re going with a specific color choice for your yard or home.  I found that this spray paint holds up longer than any other I’ve used in the past.

Click on the YouTube video below.  Shows the process that went into this beautiful plant holder.  Make sure to ‘Like’ and Subscribe to my channel:

scroll mirrorMy in-laws were remodeling their downstairs bathroom and had an old gold framed medicine cabinet with a mirror that they weren’t planning to use any longer…so I asked them if they were going to use it and they allowed me to take it.  So, into the trunk of my car it went.  After getting it home, I removed the mirror from the medicine cabinet, used blue painters tape (click on the picture to purchase) and covered the mirror with newspaper.project tape  Next, I chose the hammered brushed nickel as my paint color, to go with the brushed nickel hardware in my grey painted bathroom.

I’m very happy with the way it turned out and I’m always looking for new ways to change up old things…

Old bench Just last week I found this bench out for the trash.  With about 2 days of work put into it, replacement boards, and new stainless steal nuts, bolts, and screws, the bench was like new!  My video (below) shows the process that went into turning this bench from trash to treasure.

The cool thing about taking someone else’s trash and making it your treasure, is you can do whatever changes you want to it.

new bench

After spray painting the iron and cutting the boards, I planned to start assembling the bench.   I then ran into a small hiccup before attaching the boards; the deck boards I purchased to replace the original boards were thicker.  The bolts weren’t long enough to go through the board, iron, and attach a nut.  Soon enough, I solved the problem.

Putting it all together, I had the top iron scroll work upside down and realized I liked the look of it so much better.  new benchnew bench

From trash to treasure doesn’t mean just getting things from the trash, it could mean just taking something you already own/have and giving it a fresh new look.  Something I do quite often.

Have you ever given life back to something you had, purchased at a yard sale or thrift store, or picked up from the side of the road? What is something you fixed up and gave new meaning? Please feel free to comment below anything you’ve redone or plan to do in the future.


6 Replies to “Trash To Treasure”

    1. Thank you. I decided, too, to take videos of my DIY projects as well, doesn’t hurt to show people my process. I’m so eager to get out to yard sales this year. Saw our town-wide one is the first of June….More trash to treasure!!

    1. The scrolling, right side up, looked like there was a bow in the center of it. I really didn’t care for it. Redoing the bench was a little more involving that I first thought, but looking at it now, it’s definitely worth it!! Thanks for the comment.

    1. Thank you. I keep finding things along side of the road and already have a bunch of projects to do. I will be creating a post, in the future, Trash to treasure Part 2. Thank you for your post.

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