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Before and After: A Trashy Table

Ruth Alves, the associate art director of Wish, found this table discarded behind her old office, and decided it was worth taking home. A can of semigloss white paint on its butcher block-esque top transformed it into a Saarinen look-alike perfect next to a chaise as a coffee table. To see the results,


I love its heavy, mushroom-like shape. I think I might actually like it — gasp! — more than an authentic Saarinen table. What do you think? Have you found anything living room worthy in the trash? Are you a dumpster-diving diva?


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neonbrite neonbrite 6 years
Table looks great, as a university student I am always on the look out for free items. Recently discovered an old shelving unit in a neighbours trash. A few minor repairs later and some yellow paint, it looks great against my boring light walls (I rent and am therefore not allowed to paint walls).
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 8 years
I never find anything worth taking :(
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 8 years
I think they did a great job here.
Da-Ly Da-Ly 8 years
jealous, that's such a good find. I love modifying and fixing up furniture.
clarkbar9 clarkbar9 8 years
argh. so jealous! i've been looking for an affordable approximation of a tulip side table for months to no avail!
Stupidasscat Stupidasscat 8 years
Im not clever enough to know where to look but my mom has found some good pieces behind Chevy's of all places
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
I'm amazed someone would throw away a tulip table!
bizzybee bizzybee 8 years
It looks great. As for me and "found" furniture, I've got a few pieces - a great deck chair and an old chest that has 3 shelves that have pull out doors with screens. I think it may've been used for vegetables back in the day.
nancita nancita 8 years
That was definitely worth digging out of the trash.
Punk-Glam-Queen Punk-Glam-Queen 8 years
Ooo I agree, it looks gorgeous! I'm all for saving things from winding up in the landfills and have been doing it for years... a sampling of what I've found: '50's formica topped table, Victorian trunk, '40's rattan/ bamboo looking chairs!
hanako66 hanako66 8 years
It looks amazing....I love how it is short enough to be a coffee table!
lawchick lawchick 8 years
omg that looks SO good!!! I'm not a "dumpster diver" but I have taken some things that neighbors left at the curb, like an old trellis
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Cute! Great job :)
colleenb colleenb 8 years
I tried to drag a table one block this weekend but gave up when I dragged it over my toes.
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