Here’s the plain ugly truth about me.
I pick through people’s garbage.
I often complain that my daughter looks like a bag lady no matter how much effort I put into her appearance. She only stays neat and clean for precious few minutes. She could do a commercial where she plays a poor English peasant girl begging for a mite with a tin cup. Unfortunately I’ve realized that the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.
I’m no better than she. I’m just a grown-up bag lady which is much, much worse.
I wish my ultimate goal of rummaging through trash was that I’m a great environmentalist determined to live a life that reflects my ideals; however, I hide soda bottles in my own trash. Please don’t tell the rubbish removal engineers who pick up my cans. I also create a bigger pile of trash on garbage day than the twelve family tenement around the corner. So I stand without excuse.
I pick through garbage because I like the thrill of a find. I also like FREE stuff. That either makes me cheap or poor or maybe a little of both.
I already showed you Fringeboy’s toybox that came out of the trash, but now I will show you how I am decorating my living with nothing but other people’s castaway junk. The thing is that I’m loving the look. I guess it helps that I have no defined style. I like some mission furniture, traditional, a little modern, retro, and odd. I don’t think garbage picking would work for me if I actually had a defined style.
Enough words, I’ll give you picture. Before and after!
Obviously this was before. Notice the drop the ceiling, the ugly paneling, and the nasty green carpet. That carpet was much worse than it looks. You should have smelled it! The paneling went to the ceiling, but they painted the top portion.
Next came stripping the walls.
Yes, that’s me on the ladder. Not a flattering picture. I know!
Next came the sterile looking room. Many have doubted my non color choice for this room. You’ve joked about it being the padded room, but I’m not completely crazy yet. Have some confidence people!
Yes, the leather chair came out of the trash…last Thursday night to be exact. It’s well-loved, worn to a comfortable fit for FringeMan, and has a small hole in the bottom left corner, but I love it. It’s exactly what I wanted for the living room. I also have a brass swing arm floor lamp that will sit slightly to side of the chair. I just need to buy a new linen color drum shade for it. That came out of the trash two Thursday’s ago.
This torch lamp was a real find…3 weeks ago. Yes, Thursday night. It’s a true antique. That’s a milk glass shade on top and it’s been retrofitted to fit modern bulbs. FringeMan says we can remove the adapter and buy old fashion large bulbs to put in it if I’d like. I recently saw a lamp just like in an antique store for $65. The cost of mine – $0.
You need to understand that this room is still evolving. It’s far from done, but I’m not good at waiting to show pictures. The table between the two chairs, also garbage, is going to get a coat of black paint. I think that will spiff it up nicely. The white table in the middle is going to be converted into an ottoman…a winter project. The golden chairs are something I actually purchased. $30 for the pair. Some may think I’ve been ripped off, but I actually like these chairs and they are very sturdy. I will recover the seats with new fabric this winter also.
Did I mention the rug came from the garbage? Yes, an old lady was done with it and it came to live in my living room.
It’s ridiculous isn’t it? I just can’t stop myself from going out on garbage night. It all started when I was walking the dog and I found this fabulous old window I was going to decorate with. I made FringeMan go back with me to get it, but it wouldn’t fit in the car. I still regret not walking home with it.
This little set-up isn’t staying in the living room. The table is going to be painted black and is making it’s way upstairs to my bedside. The wooden folding chairs will probably go on the porch or just remain folded for extra seating. The wire hanging from the wall is temporary of course. A work in progress.
My question for you is what kind of curtains would you hang in this living room? I’ve got three long windows with 10 foot ceilings. I think I’ll actually have to buy curtains since I limit myself to picking obvious garbage. I don’t actually rummage through cans or bags. You can all breath a sigh of relief. I do shop in stores from time to time.
For even more up-to-date photos of my living room, click HERE.