Dumpster Diving

According to Wikipedia, the definition of dumpster diving is: the practice of sifting through commercial or residential trash to find items that have been discarded by their owners, but that may prove useful to the dumpster diver.

Turning Trash into Treasure

My idea of dumpster isn't always jumping in tall metal bins and digging through trash. Although, I’ve been known to do that, on occasion, when I see something interesting and useable thrown away. I scan my neighborhood for discarded items suitable for repurposing. I live in the country so I end up with some great stuff.

*Tip* Be sure to check your local ordinances before raiding a dumpster. In Oklahoma, dumpster diving is legal. In most cities, anything set out for trash pickup is considered city property and they allow people to pick it up.

Repurposed wood from a 100 year old barn used to make this material storage cabinet.

My dumpster diving includes reclaimed wood and fixtures, like used in my material cabinet. It’s made from an old entertainment center a neighbor threw away and reclaimed wood from a 100 year old horse barn. The doors on the cabinet are actual stall doors with the original hardware; the sides, back, and some of the shelves are pieces of reclaimed barn wood.

To keep the authentic look of the piece, we left the old paint on the doors and the wood slats. Everything in this cabinet is repurposed, including the door handle and the nails also coming from the barn. We still have some reclaimed wood left, just waiting for a new project.

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