DIY Item of the Week

One positive aspect of the station of life in which I find myself is the abundance of free time.  I’m unable to work due to the pain in my feet and the fatigue caused by dialysis.  I’ve always been a crafty person, and if you dig deep enough into this blog, you’ll see the evidence of it.  I’ve been watching lots of home improvement shows, and my favorite shows involve picking an item that has been discarded and bringing it back to life.  I was inspired to the point of taking on some projects of my own, and the dumpster at our apartment complex has proven to be an excellent picking ground.  Just about every weekend, some irresistible item appears just outside the dumpster – never inside it – as if left there by the misfit furniture elves.  A few weeks ago, they left this little treasure…




Under the blue painter’s tape is a swirly, brown marble inlay.  The only problem with the chair was that the seat had come off the frame.  The carving was so ornate, I knew I could bring new life to this chair.  A couple cans of spray paint and a couple yards of fabric later…



Not too bad, right?  And the best news of all – this chair is for sale!  Now, let’s pretend you don’t know anything about how this came from the garbage…this custom-made chair can be yours for the low, low price of $100, or best offer.  If all goes well, I would love to make a career out of this kind of work once I’m healthy again.  Comments are welcome – let me know what you think!

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3 Responses to DIY Item of the Week

  1. Barnolds barnes says:

    It’s Ariana FYI. I just started getting these in my inbox a few days ago. Anyway I know a girl who sells reconditioned furniture piece by piece as she makes it. She made a separate Facebook page for it but I’ve also seen people selling this type of thing on our local buy/sell/trade Facebook pages. Maybe you could join a few Facebook groups of that type and post your stuff there?

  2. Barnolds barnes says:

    Oh and I just saw this. You could try it next with a Halloween or Christmas or turkey theme if you find a pallet in the dumpster.

  3. beckyray says:

    That’s a really good idea – I didn’t know there were local fb pages. And I’m already planning a fall-themed item for next week. Great minds think alike…

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