One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure
IKEA makes its millions with fiberboard furniture. Use it up, break it and throw it out… go back and buy some new fiberboard thing to replace it. It is a waste and creates A LOT of waste. Where do people think it goes when you throw it out? Sadly, there are not a million of me out there to reuse it (insert sly wink here).
I am often teased for the junk I bring home from people’s alley garbage. I don’t dig through cans but if I see an item or piece of furniture that I think still has some life left I will grab it. So when I saw this dilapidated IKEA shelving unit, covered in snow, leaning to the side, shelves hanging off and the back barely hanging on I knew I needed it. No, seriously, I needed it. We have been needing a shelving unit for our guest room for some time now but I could not justify spending money on something I figured I could whip together somehow. I had already planned out a crate creation when I saw this lil guy in the alley.
I am fortunate that while my boyfriend does not always see the potential in the items I bring home, he does appreciate my ability to repair, reuse and recreate. He trusts that I have a plan, even if he doesn’t see it. He of course teases, makes fun and is mystified by my selections but is also always shocked and seemingly happy with the outcome of my trashy treasures.
The cost to revamp this pile of crap? $5.00
I already had the 20 screws, 10 tack nails, 1/2 cup of wood glue, a piece of wood (leftover from baseboards that I cut into two pieces) and a little paint left over from a past roommate. Thanks, Sherri!
I had JUST bought a roll of shelf liner paper the week before $5.00
Did I mentioned I like trash??? Want to see some more garbage?
That gold tray was a free wooden picture frame from the 80’s that I spray painted gold.
The black perforated fabric was also free. It was left over from one of the beautiful designs by the clothing company, Lily & Migs. One of the talented designers, Jenn gave me some scraps that I love dearly. You should definitely check them out and “like” them on Facebook while you are at it!
In the corner of the pic you can see a bottle of jelly beans. That is an old liquor bottle with the top of the cap painted to make a delicious decoration.
Next to it is an old candle jar with mini lotions in it for our guests. Reuse. Reuse. Reuse.
I got a case of the blues for the bedroom…
There’s that old dart board again!
Found it in the trash several years ago and turned it into a sunglasses rack.