Monday, September 17, 2012

I became a trashy lady...the moment I spotted those doors.

My headboard?  
It's new. Or, newish. 
'One man's trash is another man's treasure.'
I tend to agree...because these fabulous doors - were in the trash.

Linda, the troops and I were garage saling on Saturday.
My car screeched to a halt as we spotted a dumpster on the street. 
It was in front of a home being remodeled.
What caught our eye?
 Fabulous old doors. In the dumpster. Several of them.
And just like that, I was dumpster diving.
They are heavy, old and solid.

You might see a dumpster. All I saw was 'headboard.'
Can you imagine these in a landfill? Crazy.

Luckily, for the first time ever - the Husband had decided to come along.
(Or, follow at a safe distance behind us.)
So we had his truck.  Eureka! We loaded up 3 doors and some old screens.
Sadly, other doors had been badly redone with new doorknobs. We left them behind.
Two doors went to my house. One to Linda's.  I sanded mine down and cleaned them up.

I painted Mr. on one and Mrs. on the other.
It was alright, but still needed some 'umph.'

 I pulled out some frames I've recently found at garage sales. 
I knew they'd come in handy!  I framed Mr. and Mrs. 
It added some depth and the touch I was looking for.
And I love it!

I have had 'quiet' letters for a few months. I bought them at Michaels.
I mismatched and played with the letters, spread out on the floor in the isle.
I spray painted and sanded them.

(6 months later.... that playing paid off as I've finally put them to use.)
They are nailed up at an angle and look like they are just setting on doors.
It is my attempt at getting the kids to subliminally think this room is for quiet........
and not to destroyed within 10 seconds of entering the room.  
Hey, I can dream.

I gotta say, I'm pretty pleased.
I've been hashing through headboard ideas for months.
Nothing has been blog worthy... until now.

I have also completely blocked out any residual trauma that may 
have been caused when neighbors may have been watching the crazy woman me
 dig through the dumpster while they were enjoying their Saturday morning coffee.

I do this by enjoying my 'new' and fabulously crafted headboard.

[And by saying 'thank you and shame on you -  strange remodeler people - 
who threw away these lovely doors!]

xo jeanne.


  1. I am so proud and happy for you. I like the frame off center over words.Once I was at the landfill and a guy was dumping beautiful doors with crystal knobs. They may even have had glass panes in them.Suppressed the details.I was traumatized as I helplessly watched their demise. There's no "picking" allowed at the dump.

  2. What a great find! I want to move to MN just for the picking and garage sales, not to mention the nice people ;-)

  3. Wow, they look just like a magazine. You did a wonderful job. More than once, I've gone dumpster diving and come home with unblievable items for is so fun. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Sometimes you must rescue something in the trash as people are crazy wasteful. You made a gorgeous headboard. Love it. Olive

  5. Amazing rescue! I would not be above dumpster diving for doors like that! And, I absolutely LOVE what you did with them! Life to the full, Melissa

  6. I love it! I have dumpster dived quite a few times (while my husband thinks I am insane until he sees the transformations) Isn't it a wonderful feeling when you are able to make something as beautiful as this? I love the letters on the top too! Wonderful job! I adore your quirky style! :)


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