Last week marked one of my favorite days of the year… spring clean-up trash day! In our neighborhood, we are allowed to set out as much “garbage” as we want just one day a year. Most people take this opportunity to get rid of unwanted furniture and household items. Our own trash pile included complete junk such as a disintegrating vanity, old toilet, shower doors, beat up chair that I once had hopes of refinishing, and other nasty items taken out of the house during remodeling. Last year, we got rid of urine soaked rash-inducing carpet thanks to our amazing neighbors.
Spring clean-up trash day is pretty big news around here. There’s typically a parade of cars and trucks, filled with other people’s junk, going up and down the street. It’s actually pretty entertaining to watch :) For instance…we watched one man get out of his truck, reach into our disgusting uncleaned toilet and take out a part. I laughed for a while over that one!
My neighbor a few doors down just happened to be getting rid of an impressive pile of stuff. This table stood out among the treasures, so I promptly took it, in the rain, and carried down the street and right into our living room (after a good wipe-down, of course).
It seems to have an interesting story… it’s hard to tell what it used to be, but it looks like it was pieced together a long time ago from other pieces of furniture. For instance, it is split right down the middle and held together with brackets. The back of the table doesn’t match the rest, and looks like it was made from an old wooden box, with a small part of the paper label still attached. It was in very rough condition, with the veneer popping off in places on the top, made even worse by the rain. To me, though, this just enhanced the curiosity of it. I mixed some gray called Urban Pulse (Lowe’s), with Honeysuckle from Sherwin Williams, and a bit of white trim paint. I didn’t want a very vibrant yellow… but I also didn’t want to go out and buy paint just for my freebie find. I’ve had good success with mixing paint in a mason jar in the past, so I used that trick again. And here she is in all her distressed glory!
Now the waiting begins for next year’s big trash day!
Details: the birdcage was a gift from my mom, and contains an African violet. The jar next to it is filled with decorative balls with our letters on them; E, J, and N. The wall color is Sharkey Grey by Martha Stewart, mixed by Sherwin Williams.