Trashy Tuesday Tables and Curbside Shopping

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Trashy Tuesday Tables and Curbside Shopping

Welcome to Trashy Tuesday.  Nothing but Trash talk goes on here.  The best kind of trash talk, the kind you would use during Dumpster Diving, Curbside Shopping and anything trashy that involves dumped furniture.

Let’s start with the best first.  My friend texted me recently to let me know the piece in the above picture was next door to her home, outside on the sidewalk, with a FREE sign on it. Isn’t it the coolest looking thing?  I have never seen anything like it. Solid Wood, Dovetail construction Drawers.  If you know anything about this piece, please let me know!

Looks like this week turned up to have a bit of a theme.  Tables!

I found this table that is solid wood.  Maybe I will do something bright and cheery with it.  It was pretty sad sitting discarded next to a Dumpster.

Here’s another Dumpster treasure.  And did you know you can paint glass with CeCe Caldwell’s Paints?  Check out how I did this HERE.

Who doesn’t love a little Frenchiness in their lives?  Apparently the person who threw this table out!! Lovely little side table seeks CeCe Caldwell’s Paints to make it pretty again.

Stay tuned for next week when I share my best Garage Sale shopping tips.  Bonus, my advice is FREE and so are the things you will find.  No money need be exchanged to get the best deals out of your Garage Sales in your neighborhood!

That’s it for Trashy Tuesday this week.  Can’t get enough Dumpster Diving Trash Talk?  Then check out my award winning Complete Guide To Dumpster Diving.

Until then, hope you have the trashiest week ever.


  1. S.H.

    Suffering Husband like free!

    • Catherine

      You are so patient and good–
      I need to get me one like you!

      • S.H.

        Living with Good Time Charlie is not overly difficult,
        and always a lot of fun!

  2. Jude Near

    Hi. I did a neat little project with that EXACT same little solid wood table above – I’d love to share photos with you if you’ll tell me how I can do so. LOVE your blog, ideas, inspiration, etc. Keep ’em coming!

    Va Va Vintage

    • GTC

      Thanks so much Jude! I would love to see what you did with the little table. You can post pictures to my FB page, Redoux. Thanks!

  3. ColleenB.~Texas

    The corner desk; wish it where mine.
    Not seeing the desk in person, only from your photo, it looks much like a Vintage Tell City Corner Child’s Desk Young Republic Solid Maple
    Age: Circa 1960s
    Country of Origin: United States
    Details: Classic tradition American styling in solid maple, very high quality that you would expect from a “Tell City” piece of furniture.
    Measurements would be close to 28 1/2″ tall x 30 1/4″ long sides (measured from back corner to one end) and 34″ deep (corner to center of radius) and weigh roughly around 100 lbs
    It could be worth anywhere from $300.00 – $400.00 depending on condition. Great find for sure. You so lucky to have it.

    • GTC

      Colleen!!! I am impressed!! You nailed it! I just googled it and that is exactly what it is. How fun to know the answer! Thank you so much for sharing.

      • ColleenB.~Texas

        You’re very welcome. (still wish it where mine) :} It’s such a great piece of furniture.
        you might consider making a small tag with the desk information on it and sticking /securing it in one of the drawers or securing it on the back of the desk. That way, if you should happen to sell or pass down to a family member; the information could be useful in the future.

  4. Catherine

    O M Gosh–I WANT the first piece!!!
    If I could have just one day of your luck–

  5. Paige

    Yahoo! I am so glad to see you are back posting more regularly again. I can’t wait to see some of your new furniture transformations! I miss seeing your before and afters. (And I agree with everyone else about the desk. I absolutely adore it. I can’t believe what people throw out. How could anyone every do that? Geez. )

    • GTC

      Thanks so much Paige!!! I have some good sources and the desk is worth way more than I thought! Seriously, could not understand why they didn’t at least try to sell it? Hopefully more before and afters coming soon 🙂

  6. sharon

    Hi. Just found your blog and am really impressed. I have almost the identical glass end table from Ethan Allen . There is a matching octagon shaped coffee table. They are stained a deep dark mahogany and are way too dark. I would like to lighten them but don’t want to get into heavy stripping and sanding. Any suggestions? Thanks and keep up the good work. Sharon

    • GTC

      Hi Sharon, sorry for such a delay in responding, I have been out of town. Thank you so much for your sweet words! How fun you have the same tables! I am sure yours are in far better condition. To lighten them, I would try this method, paint them in an neutral CeCe Caldwell’s color, like Young Kansas Wheat, or Myrtle Beach Sand. You don’t need to sand or prime. Then I would go over them with a paint brush and “paint” on one of the CeCe Caldwell’s stain like Walnut or Hickory. The stain is all natural and has Endurance, our most durable finish in it. The stain works great as a glaze, and you can make something look like wood when you apply it over paint too. You can do a few coats of a medium to dark stain to get the desired look. That would be one way to lighten them up and not have them look “painted”


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