Mar 202014

Monday, while walking my big doofus of a dog, I saw this table curbside.  It had an interesting top but was in BAD shape!  The base was broken and it was really beat up with nicks and gouges.  Tuesday is trash day so I walked home figuring it would be gone by tomorrow.


Nice top but beat up and damaged.

All day Tuesday, I thought about that table.  However, my daughter had taken my truck to a school function and I could not go and pick it up  even if it was still there! 

Along comes Wednesday morning and my time to walk the dog.  Lo and behold, it is still there.   Toronto garbage pick-up is very particular (read: “union”) and this table was not “tagged” nor was it at a true garbage pickup spot.  Regardless,  I took a closer look….

“Hmmmm… Big round table top and 4 nice legs…..” 

“Hmmm FREE.”  Shall I repeat “FREE!!” 

My DIY persona got the best of me!

Yes of course I took it home and dismantled it! 
The drawers were also there but rather useless without a solid frame.

Dismantling took about 20 minutes


Thank goodness for my drill, allen keys and crow bar!

This is want I am keeping.


The top and the legs. I am sure the curved bits could be useful but I just have TOO much stuff!

I do have a plan for the top and I am thinking the legs could be used to build an upholstered bench!

Stay tuned!  It may take me a while but these lovelies will make an appearance in the near (or far) future and I am sure they will be

Nicer Than New!

Would you pass by this broken, cruddy table?  Or are you a true “curbside rescuer”
or “dumpster diva” like me??

I would LOVE to hear from you and your tales of random finds on the side of the street!!


  31 Responses to “Would you pick up or pass by??”

  1. I would have picked it up the first time I seen it.
    The top would make a wonderful wall clock face? however I love round top tables and have far to many in my house

    • LOL! I have been thinking about making it a clock but it is 40 inches in diameter! Thanks for dropping by again!

    • I just got back from Paris and I was obsessed with all the cafe tables with the iron bases. I would probably sand the top down, put a sheer white wash on it so you could still see the great wood details, and then find an old iron base, maybe an old sewing machine stand. It would be my little piece of Paris.


  2. I probably wouldn’t have been brave enough to think I could rescue it. But I can’t wait to see what you do with it! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


  3. I vote a clock. Yes, it’ll be big, but that would make an awesome impression! I made one: check it out:

    • I LOVE the clock you made from the table top! I will consider it but I would really like it to be a working clock and the wood is a bit thick…. Thanks for dropping by and leading me to your blog!

      • Joan,
        I made a clock out of a table… a working clock. check out my post to see if that helps. If it is thick, you and drill out a hold like you would for a door nob but don’t go all the way through, then chissel out the area for the clock mechanism. I am sure what ever you come up with will be awesome though.
        Sherry with Upcycle Addict.

  4. I would have picked it up too! Great find!

  5. I definitely want to see what you do with it, I really wish I had more time to indulge in DIY projects.


    Stopping by from #freshfriday

  6. I can’t wait to see what you do with it! It’s a great score and a very unique piece. Have fun working on it.

  7. OK! I found you on “Creativity Unleashed Week 12” and am now following you because I MUST see what you do with this!!! I thought the clock idea was a good one….huge, but good! Can’t wait to see! Dona

  8. Hi Joan, just stopping over from Chic on a Shoestring.

    I could not have resisted that table either. My hubby, knowing what a scavenger I am, brought home a table almost exactly like yours, also 40″ across. Someone had dropped it off in a field near where he works! Mine has iron legs attached. We’re using it in our TV room as our coffee table. Can’t wait to see what you do with yours!


  9. The suspense is killing me! I thought you were going to show what you transformed it to… I must wait. It’s like reading a good book that continues in the next book that hasn’t been written yet. Looking forward to it! 🙂 -Bev

    • So sorry Bev! It was so cool, I just had to share right away! I think I may move it up in my list of projects AND I keep changing my mind! Thanks for dropping by and I love getting comments too.

  10. Great find, anything furniture real solid wood, I always pick up I would have kept those drawers too, especially if dovetailed they can be salvaged into great stuff!

  11. I would have grabbed it… But what did you do with the drawers? They can always be used as wall mounted boxes for small displays. And if they had rounded fronts….. Wow! I would put the curved side up and a display of something on the flat shelf produced by the back of the drawer…. Curved front drawers are hard to come by where I live. Overall a good save!

  12. I would definitely snag it up! I can’t wait to see what you do with the parts.

  13. Good choice on grabbing it! Can’t wait to see how you use it! Just stopping in from the It’s Party Time link up!

  14. Gorgeous top and great find! (Seen on It’s Party Time.)

  15. I would have totally grabbed it! There’s potential in that. As long as its sturdy, you can do just about anything. Great find in my opinion.

  16. Smart girl – I would have totally picked it up too. So many possibilities and I can’t wait to see what you end up doing with those legs and top.

  17. I LOVE that tabletop and if I had any kind of DIY talent I would take it in an instant. The legs are fabulous, too! Great find. I’m just up the road from you in Barrie, and yes, the trash collectors are the same here. Next they are going to ask us to giftwrap our trash, lol. Have a great day. So nice to find your blog )

    • Hi Robyn! Thanks for dropping by! Besides picking up trash and painting stuff, I love to cook and I just checked out your blog. I will be a follower! I am always looking for nice fresh tasting recipes! I hope the snow in Barrie is finally finished!

  18. Definitely good call grabbing it! I agree with the other girls to make a clock. Although I grabbed a coffee table top to do that before realizing it was ridiculously too heavy for that. Can’t wait to see what you do.

  19. Great pick!!!!! I would totally run to get my car, lol. Round coffee tables are hard to find! Thank goodness for slow trash pick up. It’s amazing what people throw away! Can’t wait to see your refinish:)

  20. Wow! I would have picked it up too. Can’t wait to see what you do with it!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

  21. I think this is a great pick up! Love those gorgeous legs! (Thanks for linking up at The Makers!)

  22. My husband totally thinks i’m crazy if I see something (rusted in pieces or dirty as hell) I can already see potential and my crafters mind kicks into overdraft. He will tell me ”Love ill buy you a new one” Were i will reply ”But but babes i don’t want a new one i like this one” so i’m a dumpster diving, thrift store digger, revamp mater, upcycle queen, keep it person hehehehehehehe!

  23. I probably would’ve passed but only because my shed is full and my to-do list is full, too! That top is really gorgeous. I’m sure you’ll do something great with it. Thanks for sharing this at the History & Home Link Party this week! Take care – Dawn @ We Call It

  24. I never pass up furniture! Period. I don’t have any more space for any MORE of the fabulous finds on the side of the road, though. My family is at wit’s end with me about it, too. 🙂 Best wishes, Linda at Crafts a la Mode

  25. When my son was little he used to dismantle things to see how they worked. They never got put back together again! LOL Can hardly wait to see what you make from this The top, especially, has so much potential.

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