Just like the old adage, “Real Men Don’t Eat Quiche” I have found many men do not like to be associated with the concept of “dumpster diving”. Until of course their find becomes something amazing.
This is the case of my husband’s snooker buddy, Wayne. He comes over once week to play on that huge piece of real estate we call a snooker table (a type of billiards). He has seen and admired many of my Nicer Than New transformations sitting in the open space next to the snooker table. Last week, he brought over a cute but oh so disgusting bench asking if I could do anything with it. When I inquired about the bench’s origin and after much prompting, he reluctantly revealed he picked it up in his condo’s trash bin. Like I care!
“But it fit our front hall perfectly! It was just the right size”.
I teased him with “Yes, Wayne but it is laminate, filthy, ugly and covered in cat hair.”
No way was I telling him I LOVED IT!
Fast forward a week…
with paint and new upholstery, I was tempted to wrestle Wayne at my door so I could keep it!
Here is how the little beast looked when it arrived.
A little time in the snow was going to hurt it 😉
NOTE: Regarding the deglosser, it is not available in Canada. Not sure why because it does not seem toxic and in my experience, it works very well. Luckily, there are no shortage of Canadians visiting the US so I now have an ample supply. The Zinsser I have on hand is one of two pale-yellow-tinted OOPS I found at the Habitat For Humanity store for $4 each. Really? Who cares if your primer is white or the palest of yellows? It will be painted over anyway!
I glued down the loose trim and began to remove the old upholstery and foam. I thought I had enough of the “Disco Dane” fabric left over from the Scandinavian chair I re-finished last year, but I was short a few inches. On a visit to Fabricland, I scored a fabulous chevron on the reduced table in manly colours Wayne would like. Best of all it was only $5 per yard! I still had some of my favourite black paint, Behr’s Black Suede, left over from my rattan kitchen table, the retro phone table , the chess table and the Pottery Barn style chair. It is quite remarkable how far a $20 can of paint will go!
I was absolutely thrilled with the result!
Wayne was in awe!
This is just one more example of what paint and upholstery and a little elbow grease to do to what otherwise was a piece of garbage.
Best of all, Wayne is now a “Dumpster Diver” Convert!
He is no longer embarrassed to admit this came from a dumpster!
It is truly “Nicer than New”!
Do you like to dumpster dive?
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