Dumpster Find + A Little Stain

We’re all about free stuff around here.  Meaning that sometimes, that’s all that we can afford!  I’m sure you understand.  🙂  This is the tale of a dumpster find that just needed a little love.

Here’s what our living room looked like shortly after moving in. We had chucked all the boxes into the garage and the house was still cluttered but livable. You can see the Mickelsen sign suspended precariously between two slabs of stone. We’ll actually hang that up in a nice place later, as you’ll see at the end of this post.

So just a month before we moved into our house, we found a wooden shelf discarded by a dumpster. We had been out on a walk when Kacee noticed it just sitting there. The dumpsters around our old apartment were actually gold mines for stuff like that, and if you were lucky you could even find a dishwasher!  But anyway, we were sure we could find a use for it in our new house, so we took it and put it in the trunk of our car. Then just a few weeks after moving in in June 2014, Kacee bought some stain from Lowe’s (Minwax Dark Walnut to be exact) and stained it a nice dark brown, and we mounted it on our wall.

And here’s Shane putting up the shelf like the champ he is.  🙂

A stud finder, level, pencil, and supportive photographer-wife were helpful in this task.


And below you see the finished project… for now.  😉  We’re so glad to have something on that big blank wall!


You may notice four small holes where the pegs on the shelf once were.  Before staining we popped those out and didn’t look back.  We’re hoping to replace them with some cool knobs or hooks at some point.  Probably knobs though.  Maybe in fun color?

Also, we’re pretty proud of this cute frame arrangement.  It feels really organic and true to us, but it did use up almost all of the big-ish frames we own, so we’ll need to replenish our stock as we work on other rooms!  On the shelf we also have some books, a box Kacee’s dad got her from Turkey, a little fake plant, a cute Willow Tree figurine, and a small painted mason jar.  We owe you a close-up.  Stay tuned!

And below you can see where we hung the Mickelsen sign (which was a very thoughtful handmade wedding gift) over one of our wedding pictures.  We need some kind of furniture there on that wall eventually, maybe a console table or a nice bench.  New curtains (and blinds for privacy so we can keep the curtains open at night, unlike in this photo) are also on our radar.  But one thing at a time, you know?


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  1. Pingback: Living Room Updates June 2014 – June 2015 | brickplayhouse

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