Monday, August 8, 2011

Went Dumpster Diving....

Well I didn't actually have to dive in a dumpster for this beauty. I was just taking a walk last night with my friend and neighbor when we happened across this old wood school desk in the alley. The owner had set it out for the trash man to haul away. Can you believe it?

Looks like someone had the idea to maybe refinish the desk but only got as far as sanding it down. I'm thinking that I might just put a nice wax finish on it and maybe paint the wrought iron legs black. And the hard part, is do I then sell it? I've wanted a fold down desk for myself for years. Really would have to find a place for it if I wanted to keep it. Decisions, decisions!

Until next time...


  1. That is one of the best freebies I have seen in awhile!! Congrats!

  2. Wow! It's crazy what people put out to the curb! Great find!

  3. Dee~ Keep it,you know you've been wanting one.I sold mine, bought another,sold,bought, are getting hard to find resonable.I can't believe sometimes what people throw away.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  4. What a wonderful treasure for you!!! What a great story for us!!! It truly epitomizes the saying, "one man's junk IS another (wo)man's treasure!"
    Happy restoring and would love to see pictures!
    "Picking" Blessings to you~~

  5. oh I would keep it..and put it on your front porch if it's covered and decorate it for the seasons..fall you could put out some school books for school season..then pumkins..oh the would so be on my front porch..great place to sit down to put your shoes on..lay down groceries etc.;)

  6. hi, Dee
    You have to keep it~ she is a beauty~ amazed you found her~love it!!

  7. I had visions of your feet sticking out of a dumpser when I read your title. Great find however. Have fun working your magic on it!

  8. WooHoo!! Great score!! There's just no accounting for some people's kids and what they throw away, I swear!! And, wow - to have it already sanded down and ready to go...better yet! I vote keep!! Love those old desks....and this one sorta seems like it was meant to be yours.....Have a great week! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  9. What a great find!

    Debbie K

  10. One man's trash is another man's treasure.
    I really love it and all the history associated with it. School has changed drastically since these desks were used. I would have to give up something in order to keep it. How about you? I don't have room for any more furniture. I do think you can make it really beautiful.

  11. WHAT?! Someone was going to throw this beauty away?? Wow! So glad you came along and saved it! I would definitely have to find a place in my home for it. =]