It’s funny. When we lived in Ludington, the city had a yearly trash day where you could put your large items out on the street and they’d pick them up. You had to wait all year because they wouldn’t take that large of trash just any day. So, on that one day every year, there were a bunch of people around town trying to get rid of all this big stuff that had taken up precious space in their homes.
And then there were the pickers and scrappers that would go digging through said trash to find that diamond in the rough. At the time, I thought these people were crazy. It was fun to watch them haul other people’s trash into their vehicles and drive away thinking they found a treasure. And better yet, that treasure was FREE!
Fast forward to my life now. Oh how things have changed. Little did I know back then that I’d be picking trash in my new neighborhood. And now I get to do it almost whenever I want because the city picks up large items on every trash day! Score!
And so the story of our “new” dining room corner cabinet begins. I saw this piece in front of my neighbor’s house and really wanted to take it home with me. But I knew my husband wasn’t about to do the walk of shame with me to get it home. We already have a basement full of furniture needing to be redone and I was sure he wasn’t going to be excited about having another piece taking up valuable space. Then my cousin came over to pick up her telephone table I had redone for her. I told her about the cabinet and that I was surprised no one else had picked it up. I also told her there was no way I was asking my husband to help me bring it home, so it would probably just stay there until trash day. Then she says “I’ll help you walk it home! Let’s go get it!”
And so we did! And it was one of the best decisions of my life! Okay, maybe not that good, but I am still really glad I did it!
This corner has been bugging me forever. It just never felt right. I had a shelf there since we moved in that I used as a fake mantel. For the last year or so, I’ve really been wanting a piece of furniture under the shelf. Partly for storage, partly because the space just felt empty. But I felt like it would take up too much room being that close to the dining room table, so I just kind of stared at it every day and tried to figure out a better solution.
And then this cabinet showed up and we just plopped it there to get it out of the way and I kind of loved it. Sure, it needed some work, but it was perfect for what we needed!
After thinking far too long about how I wanted it to look, I finally ended up painting it with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint. The inside is a custom mix of Shutter Gray and Trophy. I believe it’s 3 parts to 2 parts, but don’t quote me on that. I kind of lost track! The outside is Artissimo. I gave the whole piece a coat of clear wax and then did a coat of antiquing wax on the outside only.
Even with the paint, though, I knew the piece needed a little something to make it stand out just a bit more. I decided to add some thin moulding to the bottom doors to make them a little more interesting. I think they look way better now! And since there was only one piece of glass in the windows, I took that out and added this wire mesh which I painted with a dark oil rubbed bronze spray paint to make it not stand out so much.
If I wasn’t convinced before that this whole trash-picking thing was a good idea, I am now! This definitely has to be one of my favorite transformations to date. For some reason, it feels so good to know that you can make something beautiful out of someone else’s trash!