Trashy Tuesday Diary of a Dumpster Diver

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Trashy Tuesday Diary of a Dumpster Diver

Dear Diary:

I have a problem.  I can’t stop Diving into Dumpsters and lurking around them.  I can’t stop looking for someone’s cast off furniture, home decor, craft supplies, etc.

Every Monday morning I can hardly wait to get my kids to school so I can go Dumpster Diving.  The diving seems to be especially wonderful Monday morning.  People have moved, cleaned out their unwanted junk, or just threw out something because it was slightly damaged.

Then every Tuesday I must share with the world at Trashy Tuesday what treasures I found.

I need to buy two twin beds for twins.  They both seem to need the same things at the same time, even though they are 12!  Diary, it is amazing, if I think about what I need for a few weeks, I always seem to find what I need in or around a Dumpster.

Diary, I even found the railings and supports for the Twin Bed in the Dumpster!

Guess what Diary!? I have wanted/needed a small stool for my workshop for some time now.  Diary, I am a cheap Dumpster Diver and I don’t like spending money on things I think I can find.  Today I found the perfect sized stool.  Oh diary, I truly had to Dive into a Dumpster for this one.

And Diary, it was GROSS!

Oh Diary, the top is not in good shape on my Dumpster Dove stool.  I am in LOVE with the new CeCe Caldwell’s Stains.  Once I get it cleaned up, one of them will look gorgeous on this stool. 

I also found this funky little stool/side work bench thingy?  It was tucked in a corner near the Dumpster I frequent.  Maybe someone was saving it for later, but couldn’t pick it up just then.  Diary, you have to get up Early in the Morning to find the good Junk!

Diary, last week I told you I found this awesome shelving/cabinet unit behind Target through my Junk Network.

I was so excited to start work on it.  Diary, you won’t believe what I did.  I used the bottoms of big Drawers I found in a Dumpster a while ago.  Turned them over and spray painted them with Chalkboard Paint.  Then Diary, I cut down the drawer fronts and placed them in between the gap where the drawer fronts didn’t cover.  Diary, I can’t wait to finish this project.  I know exactly what color of my favorite CeCe Caldwell’s Paints I am going to use to.

Diary, the Dumpster has been so good to me.  Thank you for letting me share all my dirty Dumpster Diving secrets here at Trashy Tuesday.




  1. Patty Soriano

    oooh, Karen ! Good finds…. then again you always get some good stuff! LOVE the little homemade table. Perfect for a plant stand in the corner of the porch. Can’t wait to see what you do with the unit from Target, since I can’t picture what you are using the drawers for. I know you’ll share soon!

  2. Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage

    I hope nobody steals your diary because then all of the dumpsters wives would ask for a divorce since you’ve been seen in back alleys with them!

  3. Gigi Harlan

    I think I might need to get into dumpster diving, or better yet send my husband to do the dirty work! I always love everything you find but today I am totally loving the stool/side workbench thingy!

  4. Easy plumber 24 hour

    Aw, this was a really good post. Taking the time and actual effort to generate a superb article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a whole lot and don’t manage to get nearly anything done.

  5. ColleenB. ~ Texas

    I can’t wait to see your finished product on that red cabinet.
    That twin bed looks like it’s in pretty good shape. With a new coat of paint it will really look wonderful. The legs even look large enough to put some casters on.

  6. Barbara Ann

    I love your trash talk. I always learn something. Even if it’s never overlook a gift from the trash heaps.
    Waiting to see the outcome on the twins…
    Barbara Ann /shop/barbaraannscreations

  7. Joy @ DumpsterCo

    I love and commend your ingenuity and creativity. I’m actually in need of a single bed at the moment. Might be a bit of a stretch to find a decent bed in a dumpster, but you never know!



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