I am passionate about Dumpster Diving, Curbside Shopping & Upcycling furniture and Home Décor that was, unloved, ugly, and sometimes just unbelievably beyond redemption.
My passion for repurposing was born out of necessity. Like many young married couples, when my husband and I first married, we were cash poor. “Shabby Chic” was just coming into fashion. I couldn’t afford to buy the look of furniture done in this style by someone else. Instead, I began hunting garage sales and taught myself a few tricks of the trade.
Fast forward several years, a successful Painting Contractor Business, Many, Many pieces of furniture transformed and sold all over the SF Bay Area, I am still pursuing my passion and I love every new “challenge” I meet.
I have a space in an adorable shop in Downtown Brentwood (Northern California), “Spinola Farms & Co.” at 220 Oak Street.
You can find me there on most Wednesdays where I retail DIY Paint, Iron Orchid Furniture & Decor Enhancements, Upcycled lovelies and more.
I am a 5th generation SF Bay Area native, but my husband is a New York native. Go figure. I had to go all the way to the other coast to find a suitable partner.
This is Mark, he calls himself “Suffering Husband”. He does show up here once in a while. Too bad we don’t have any fun together.
At my blog, you will find is tons of information on how to restore old furniture. How to take broken dressers, tables, drawer fronts, beds, and give them a new life.
The best place to start looking is my PROJECTS GALLERY. From my home page. I have some wonderful tutorials on how to paint a Faux Wood Treatment, how to glaze, and other random furniture and junque goodness.
Things can get dirty here, as in good clean dirt from my Dumpster Diving adventures, but this is a family friendly blog after all!
My passion for Dumpster Diving and Upcycling has opened doors and created opportunities for me I didn’t even know previously existed.
Dumpster Diving, sometimes you have to dig deep to get to the good stuff. My love of junk goes deep. As the youngest child of 4 kids, my parents schooled me in the art of hand me downs, garage sale makeovers, and curbside shopping. My dad was not above Dumpster Diving himself. I grew up with the notion that repurposing old things was not only normal, but also rewarding
As a kid, I was always engaged in “making” something. I knew I wanted to pursue a career in some kind of creative handi works, but never dreamed it would be me digging through a Dumpster.
Through Dumpster Diving and Upcycling, I have not only learned how far I can expand my creative muscle, but I have learned the joy of saving things from landfills, while beautifying my home, my clients homes, and anyone else who will pay attention to my creations. One piece of Dumpster Junk at a time.
Thanks for checking me out. If you leave me a comment, I might come check you out too
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