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Monday, January 14, 2013

Dumpster Dive Duke Out

I had an early parent group meeting Saturday morning. I was home by 10:15 and went about my usual weekend routine.  Read newspaper, check email, peruse Facebook and finally checks he free section of Craigslist. Three posts from the top was one fairly close to me that had: a desk, chair, dresser, nightstand and foot stool.  Dang it. Mr.Dickey was gone with the truck. I sat back down for a second to check my Etsy site, but couldn't focus. I had to go. My trusty Volvo station wagon had five huge bags of cans in the back. I emptied it, plugged the address in and put the pedal to the metal.
I arrived at the house to see a car pulling away and another pull up. I leaped out of the car and rushed to the dresser that was still there. The drawers slid easily, but the top was badly warped. The sides had veneer that was peeling. Mmmmm. The other "shopper" was examining it as we'll. I stepped aside to inspect the desk. He grabbed the dresser and started hauling it to his car. I wanted to yell at him as he loaded it in his car, but bit my tongue. I wasn't really interested in the desk, but decided to grab it load it in my car to be obnoxious.
As I began to load it in my car (it fit perfectly in the back)  he came back and saw I had taken the desk. He glared at me and muttered under his breath. I left the chair because we all know I don't need anymore of those (see my recent chair chair hoarding post).

Here is the before.

On the drive home I began to have diver's remorse. What was I thinking? I was going to pick up two hutches later that afternoon not to mention the furniture I already had sitting in my garage. This desk was a nice size and the drawers worked, BUT the top was a tacky laminate. How would I hide that? Suddenly I remembered a desk I  recently saw in Blogland that had maps decoupaged on it. The top could be decoupaged with maps and I could paint it a vibrant sea blue.

A Saturday night well spent.


  1. I'm impressed! Your "free stuff" on Craigslist, seems to be a lot better than my "free stuff" on Kijiji!

  2. I love Craigslist free! If I had a bigger basement I'd pic up more pieces! lol This desk is a great find. Totally in love with the color you picked. What a great place to study!

  3. Seriously good work, Dickers. Love the maps.

  4. I love the map. I hate all the craigslist competition :)