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You know all the furniture that you see people have left out at the curb for trash pickup, that on the surface looks ready for demolition? With a little fix up, these pieces can be saved and used in your own home.
I found this bookcase (everyone needs a good bookcase), and it was unsturdy and unattractive. But, I went to the lumber yard and bought new wood and used screws to add support backing to the back and now it is sturdy. Then I removed the black handles and repainted this in a more appealing white color. Then I re-attached the handles and look at the amazing results! With a little new wood and a coat of paint, this now is a functional and attractive bookcase!
It looks great! I'll definitely think twice before I pass up someone else's "trash". Thanks for sharing!
You did a wonderful job! And think of all the money you saved!
What a great makeover! Your added support backing will add so much more structure and strength than the original unit ever had. Well done! I have a question about the surface you painted on. Was it really wood? --- or was it fiberboard covered with this plastic/paper veneer that seems to be the normal finish on bargain furniture nowdays? I ask because I've always wondered if paint would "stick" to the veneer finish. Thanks! pw
I wish we were allowed to leave furniture out for the trash. Only what fits in our garbage can for us!!
It is amazing what people will throw away in the trash these days! Some of our neighbors throw away perfectly good items that can be used as is and I can't understand why they don't bother to give them to somebody who needs them or would use them!
When your wastemanagement will not provide options to discard old furniture and appliances or other large objects, they promote illegal dumping and as a high school science and vocational teacher, it is so sad to see the reusable and often working items that are routinely discarded, in spite of the extremly deprived families that live within miles of these "yuppiesh neighborhoods" that are still so environmentally unconcious and wasteful in too many instances. Local churches or job training orgs. will often pick up and sell, or teach restoring/ repairing with these reuseable or repairable discards. May often give tax receipts when & where it can be deducted as a donation.
I took all mismatched furniture and bought a product called Stone from wal-mart or home depot you spray it on and it gives a ceramic looking finish I showed my boyfriend and he painted all my living room furniture it looks like I bought it out of the showroom floor.
I love what you did to that bookcase. Trash to treasure.
I love to look for recycling finds and turn them into useful pieces!