A Dumpster Dive That Does Double Duty

When Gwyneth and I saw a couple pull down the back door of their U-Haul, and place this chest next to the dumpster, part of me wanted to run after them and convince them they could definitely find space for it in their new home. Another part of me wanted to tell them that they were double parked and should move along. No decision necessary. The couple drove away, and 5 minutes later Gwyneth was striking a pose in front of her find.

Once we gathered our supplies, I took the chest apart while Gwyneth supervised.

Gwyneth closely inspected my work as I sanded for what felt like an eternity

for both of us.

There were a few damaged areas on our chest, so we repaired them with wood filler.

We had a little more sanding after the wood filler was dry, and we were finally ready to paint!
Hardare got a quick blast of Krylon Metallic Brass Spray Paint, leftover from our Brass Figurines, and we painted the chest with two coats of Benjamin Moores Spring Green Semi Gloss Paint. We were skeptical when the gentleman at the store told us it was primer, paint and sealer all in one, but he was right!

With some easy reassembly the next morning, we turned our Dumpster Dive chest into a new piece that does double duty as a nightstand and linen closet!

Next up? Finding a new home for our previous nightstand.

We have reached capacity and think storage might be the best answer. But if youve taken our Apartment Tourand have another suggestion, you know were dying to hear it!

mk & Gwynnie
PS: Apartment Therapy has selected our home as an entry in the 2012 Small Cool Contest! Please check out the ways each home is living large while living small and vote for your favorite!


  1. love it! and what a cheery color. i vote put the old nightstand in the bathroom if you need extra storage or a place for towels/soaps orrr near the window in your living room (by the heater) and put plants on it.

  2. Thank you! Such a great ideas for the nightstand placement. I think the bathroom might be a little tight, but I am going to give it a try tonight. Next to the heater will definitely work! Thank you again!

    mk Gwyneth

  3. Free is always so much fun! I love the color you chosealmost as much as I love free :-) It looks great. (Dropping in from Home Stories A to Zglad to have found you.) And good luck on the AT contest

  4. Rita, thank you! So glad you found us, and thank you for the well wishes on the AT contest! We have all fingers and paws crossed over here!

    mk Gwynnie

  5. love the new night stand color and functionalitynow headed BACK to your home tour to look for a home for your old one. :)

  6. Love that green! Of course, Gwyneth, is absolutely adorable too :-).
    Great job!

  7. I love finding things for free. Then I feel I can take risks and if things dont turn out the way I anticipate its okay cause I dont have a lot of money at steak. Your table is BEAUTIFUL!!

  8. I love what youve done with your dumpster dive find! And the lined drawer inside is perfect. So glad you added a touch of pink

    And Gwyneth is such a good helper!



  9. Another perfect makeover for my favorite apartment in NYC!!
    Congrats on being a finalist, that is so exciting! Im heading over to vote!

  10. Im over from Pams blog and am SO excited to have found you! I just voted for you, and am thrilled to be a new follower!
    Stacy @ Conspicuous Style

  11. SorryIm not Bobby.Im Stacymy 11 year old keeps singing into YouTube and I dont notice and them my comments come up at Bobby!! So annoying
    Stacy @ Conspicuous Style

  12. Great find and love the color you picked!

  13. Oh my goodness, I am completely overwhelmed by all of this! Gwyneth is too! :)
    Thank you so much, Pam for the kindest words ever on your blog today!
    Stacy, Gwyneth and I are so thankful for your vote, and we are your newest followers! Cannot wait to get lost in your blogs this weekend!

    mk Gwynnie

  14. Gwyneth really does know how to strike a fierce pose!

    Love the chest very Asian inspired but that color really makes it pop!
    And the drawer liner is fab!

    Congrats on Apartment Therapy nomination well deserved and Ill be sure to place my vote for you and Gwynnie!

  15. Visiting via Addicted 2 Decorating. I absolutely adore your nightstand. Congrats on your nomination.

    I created several spring projects on my blog this week. Please stop by if you have a moment.

    Have a lovely Easter weekend.

  16. What a great find! That colour is fabulous and the brass hardware is perfect. I just did my own project with gloss paint and brass adds so much fun to a room! xx Love your blog.

    Anna (My Design Ethos)

  17. First, your view is amazing! Wow! And I just adore this makeover. This chest is seriously one cool piece. Love itgreat job!

  18. What a view {and an adorable table}!

  19. too cuteeee :D hi you have been nominated in my recent blog post! http://inluvwitpurse.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/ive-been-nominated/

  20. So in love with this green!!!! You go girl! I just gotta ask: Do you do the spray painting in your apartment?? I was thinking about this the other day when I was sneaking peaks here and there of your New York flat!!

    Absolutely ADORE Gwyneth, btw!

    Came over tonight via Donnas FJ SNS! Hope you get a feature!


  21. The new nightstand looks fab. You chose the perfect color for it. And can I say what a great view you have. It must be amazing at night. Congrats

  22. Congrats to you and Gwyneth for the apartment therapy nomination!

  23. Such a great find! I love the color you used to paint it. Super cute!

  24. Amazing transformation I love the color too! Creative idea with the foil :) Thanks for Linking up at Show Me What You Got Tuesdays @ ODH http://ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com/2012/04/show-me-what-you-got-linky-party-9.html

    Mrs. Delightful

  25. You did an awesome job on this piece of furniture, what a transformation!

  26. That looks fab! And such a fresh color! You found a cutie! Nice rescue! I love how you lined the drawers! Come back tomorrow to see the features I chose. And hopefully I will see you this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  27. Amazing. Looks wonderful!
    One Chatty Chic

  28. I featured you today! Pop over and grab a button! Thanks for linking up and have a blessed day!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  29. Oooh I just love this! Talk about a successful dumpster dive :) The colour you picked is fab, and Im a sucker for anything gold/brassy! The fabric (paper?) in the drawer is gorgeous too! I seriously want to live in your place! Good luck in the contest!

  30. Meredith LOVE the green! And a huge congrats on the Apartment Therapy nominationgoing over to vote for you now!
    Michael @ Blue Velvet Chair

  31. How do you spray paint inside and not have splatters all over the place? Youre amazing, and have the Midas touch, thats for sure!

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      We dont know about the Midas Touch, but we do know weve got a can of Krylon Metallic Gold spray paint handy at all times!

      Our spray painting technique is probably not the best, but its the best weve come up with so farwe open our big window and cover nearby surfaces with craft paper drop cloths before we get going. Well pull the biggest box we can find out of the recycling and put whatever were painting inside to contain any splatters. Then Gwyneth gets an extra long walk while the project dries, and the apartment is airing out. Were sure theres a better way, but havent found one yet. If you can think of one, please let us know! (Although Gwyneth really likes the long walks that come with our current method!)

      mk Gwyneth


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