Trashy Tuesday New Years Resolutions

Happy Tuesday! If you have been around here awhile, it’s been a while since you have heard from me! This doesn’t mean I have stopped my trashy habits of Dumpster Diving or Upcycling.  I just haven’t shared in a while because 2017 was busy!

Here’s a recap of some of the my favorites from 2017.

I rescued this bookshelf from a friend who had a terrible fire.  After cleaning out what was left of the room above their garage, they let me take the bookshelf home with me.  It turned into a rolling cart with reclaimed fence boards framing it out.  More on that coming soon.

I also found this Dresser at…..I seriously cannot remember.  All I remember was that it was covered in 10 gallons of white latex paint and it took hours to strip it all away using Citristrip.  I love how there are no fumes, and it won’t burn the heck out of your skin if you get any of it on you, but oh my did it take a long time to get all that gunk off.

The Dresser needed serious repairs as well.  After a thorough cleaning and sanding, I repaired drawers, glued things back together, then painted it with varying shades of neutral grays from Debi’s Design Diary DIY Paint.  More on this project in the next few weeks too!

Is someone you know taking their fence down?  Instead of making them pay someone to haul all those boards away, be a good neighbor and offer to take them yourself!  Better yet, offer your husband and teenage son to come pick up the boards, at no extra charge!  Lots of projects coming soon featuring my free fence boards 🙂

Can you believe this table was sitting by the curb?  It had a bit of a gash in the top, but nothing a sander couldn’t fix.  I gave this a gorgeous update with Debi’s Design Diary in Bohemian Blue.  It was so easy to makeover, I used my Fuji MiniMite HVLP sprayer and it was done in literally minutes.

I won’t be doing an entire post on this project, so here is the beautiful reveal.  I sealed it with DIY Paint’s 100% Natural Clear Wax.  Interested in getting some DIY Clay based paint for yourself?  Click HERE.

One morning while (mostly) minding my own business I came across a HUGE illegal dump.  I did my part to take what I could.  It is VERY sad that people do this, but since it was there, why not at least take some of the stuff that could be salvaged?

I could not find the before pictures for the life of me, so you will have to use your imagination….The base was part of a big table that had pull apart leaves, so it was short.  I purchased the Table Round on Etsy, used DIY Paint Dark & Decrepit Liquid Patina and Stain to stain it.  For the base I used layers of DIY Paint in Faded Burlap, Bead Board and Letter Press Gray.

I couldn’t find the base in the picture.  Looking at it again was like looking at a book “Where’s Waldo”.  I pointed out one half of the top though!

What am I planning for 2018?  More Junk!  Stay tuned, I will be sharing the afters of some of the featured junk in this post.

Want to get in on my junk?  Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter.  If you are in the SF Bay Area and would like to take a workshop with me, my 2018 Workshops will be coming soon!  Please reach out to me at to be added to the workshop list.

That’s it for this week’s Trashy Tuesday.  Hope you have a totally Trashy week.



  1. ColleenB.~ Tx.

    Welcome Back. You where missed.
    Looking forward into seeing all your treasured ‘junk’ finds along with the make-overs / inspirations

    • GTC

      Thank you so much Colleen!

  2. Susan Stacy

    I’m glad you are back! We missed you!

  3. Patty soriano

    Karen! My favorite four-letter word….FREE ! Wish I had time to drive around looking for trash piles. I just love that you do this!! Wish you were closer so I could attend a workshop. Or y’all could always come to Texas. 🙂

    • GTC

      Oh Patty, it is a time waster sometimes for sure! Some people like to play the lottery, some people drive around hoping to find free furniture! lol.

      • Patty Soriano

        Well, for sure driving around looking for free stuff has a much higher success rate!


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