My husband is the last person you would ever expect to be a dumpster diver, but you would not believe how many times he has come home with dumpster treasures! It makes me laugh every time, because it just seems so outside of his personality.
I think his dumpster diving skills may be evidence of my influence over him. And when it comes right down to it, who doesn’t love free stuff, right??
So I told my man that we needed to keep our eyes open for a sweet deal on a filing cabinet for our classroom. But not just any old filing cabinet. I wanted it to be one of those filing cabinets that looked more like a piece of furniture. I specifically wanted the long, wide drawers instead of the tall, narrow stacked drawers. I checked on Craigslist and all the Facebook pages of all the thrift stores that I frequent, with no luck.
Then one day, just like he was filling an online order, my husband brought home a filing cabinet…and proudly told me he had pulled it from the dumpster! Haha! It wasn’t made of wood like a piece of furniture, but for our purposes, it was perfect! I thought that we could easily make it look more like a piece of furniture by painting it. I also knew that we had some leftover butcher block from our coffee station project in the kitchen that would top it off nicely, and give it more surface area.
The last bit of inspiration came to me at Lowe’s. I was browsing through the colors in the spray paint section and I found a metallic royal blue that looked like car paint. This was perfect! We have two sons and I actually love to decorate for boys. Now I had all the elements I needed for my DIY project!
We have had some beautifully sunny days lately, and that always gets me in the mood to take on a project like this! Here is what I came up with! Hope this inspires you to check out the dumpster for your very own dumpster diving DIY projects! God bless! ~Shanna