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A dumpster project

February 21, 2012

So John and I went dumpster diving. No, there was not any getting into dumpsters involved–but  we did pick up a chair that someone had left beside it. (Have we done this sort of thing before? I plead the 5th. But we may or may not have a lamp, end table, and a few flower pots that were abandoned by other apartment residents. I’ll never tell!) The chair was pretty boring and sorry looking when we picked it up:

BUT it is solid wood, and seemed to be quite sturdy. And on these cold winter nights, we needed a project! So we picked up some paint and decided to paint it during one of our Thursday date nights. First we sanded:

Then we painted:

And painted and painted! It took a few coats to finish it. But the end product turned out great! We have brown and this bright spring green in a rug in our living room, and we decided to use the chair at our computer desk. We love it!



I’m hoping to paint some sort of graphic in brown on seat, but I haven’t decided what yet. Leaves or tree? Have already painted too many of those–need to be creative. Dandelion puffs? Fun, but too hard! Flowers? Maybe a little too feminine for John. I’ll think about it until inspiration strikes. If you have any great ideas, send them my way! So we’re (probably a little too) proud of our project, and looking forward to the next one! I guess since we don’t own a house, we are not sick of projects yet. We might need to jump on Craigslist soon to find our next piece of furniture to redo!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 21, 2012 1:47 am

    It looks good! I think putting a graphic on is a good idea. What about some kind of damask pattern?

  2. February 28, 2012 4:20 am

    how about cows

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