Adventures in Garbage

Monthly archives for January, 2016

Outdoor Rocking Chair

Last week I found the frame of an outdoor rocking chair perched precariously on an overloaded trashcan in an alley.

I'm guessing it used to be cushioned.

I’m guessing it used to be cushioned.

But with a solid wood frame, weathered as it is, I knew it could be salvaged

First I removed all of the old springs and links. And tightened the existing bolts.

First I removed all of the old springs and links. And tightened the existing bolts.

Then I added one 2x4 for secure the frame.

Then I added one 2×4 for secure the frame.

Trusty old pallet wood to the rescue, yet again. My air compressor is out of commission at the moment, so I had to use screws instead of the nail gun. In general, I try not to use screws with pallet wood because it is so likely to split.

Trusty old pallet wood to the rescue, yet again.

My air compressor is out of commission at the moment, so I had to use screws instead of the nail gun. In general, I try not to use screws with pallet wood because it is so likely to split.

I sanded everything down and gave it all a coat of PolyShades.

I sanded everything down and gave it all a coat of PolyShades.

I really liked how the red of the original frame cleaned up when I sanded it, so I didn’t bother changing it

A splash of hospitality and it's all set!

A splash of hospitality and it’s all set!

total cost: about $2 in stain.

Total cost: about $2 in stain.

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Dresser redone

I found this dresser in an alley with the garbage last Monday.

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Having sat through the rain and missing several drawers just means a little extra work.

Thankfully it’s solid wood, so the water damage was minimal and nothing a little sanding wouldn’t fix. But first I had to rethink the structure because of the missing pieces. I caught a break being able to just move the one drawer down since they are the same size.

First I knocked out old drawer supports, leaving the ones I wanted to turn into shelves.

First I knocked out the old drawer supports, leaving the ones where I would want to add shelves.

Next I dropped in some plywood onto the drawer supports and tacked it down.

Next, I removed the hardware and gave everything a good sanding.

Next, I removed the hardware and gave everything a good sanding.

Then stained inside and out. I used PolyShades Antique Walnut - because that's what I had on hand.  :)

Then stained inside and out. I used PolyShades Antique Walnut – because that’s what I had on hand. :)

A little upgrade in hardware.

A little upgrade in hardware.

Last, drop in a couple of baskets to prove its new functionality!

And last, drop in a couple of baskets to prove its new functionality!

Dressers that are missing drawers are a common occurence in the trash game. Much of the time, metal scrappers will take them if they have steel tracks or drawer pulls. But with a little extra time and some reimagining, even just the frame can still be quite useful!

(total reno cost about $6 for hardware and stain – the plywood was free)

Ready to Rock n Roll!

I set a goal at the start of the fall- to clean out the garage, get it organized, and then to only bring in as many projects as I can complete in 1 week. No more giant storage pile in the center. It may have taken several months longer, and a dumpster bag for me to actually get it done, but on New Years Day I breathed that sigh of relief. Even the kids were impressed!

Jake has space to work on his motorcycle,  I have space to do projects, plus an organized work bench, and the kids can even bike and scooter around in there!

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Anyone who has ever seen my garage knows what an accomplishment this is ;)

So on Monday, I officially had no undone projects sitting in there! And all of my completed things were moved into the shop (still goin strong!). Which meant that for the first time since September, I went out picking for garbage gold :)

One trip to the old neighborhood and I found these goodies in like 10 minutes.

2 rocking chairs and a crusty dresser!

2 rocking chairs and a crusty dresser!

Of course when Alex saw these,  even lined up neatly and out of the way he said, without bothering to hide his annoyance  “Mom!! Why are you starting to fill this up with old stuff AGAIN!!?!”

The good news is,  I was able to finish all 3 during the week and hope to get them over to the shop this weekend.

Gotta make space before trash day! 😀