later alligator

via Daily Prompt: Later

I have no idea why I just made Later Alligator the title. Must have been something I ate..or a brief foray into my third of fourth childhood.

As I already posted about changing up the dining room I suppose I don’t have to mention it again.  It was all because I kept stubbing my toe on a cabinet.  Then I moved a display case and that set off the chain reaction.

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the display case that started it all on the left.

But I could mention that I have rearranged the living room now as well. It seemed to “balance’ out the room a bit and open up some more space. Space is something we have very little of here.

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everything in this room except the settee,  tiny end table and the landscape were free

The cottage is less than 1000 square feet..okay it is 910 square feet if I want to be accurate. There are two bedrooms, but we only utilize one of them as a sleeping space of any kind. The other is an office for me, a television room and a play area for George..I converted the single closet in the house into a modeling space for him.

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How George finds anything in that is beyond my comprehension..I hide it all behind a pretty shower curtain

We do have a living and a dining room, as well as a fairly reasonably sized kitchen….the Living room is 8×8 and the dining room is 8×7 feet……..and we collected too much free or giveaway furniture for these two rooms. Well, we did buy four chairs and a table…….everything else in there was given to us or found by dumpster diving and reconstruction or refurbishing.

Yes, I have dumpster dived. (Can’t believe I actually admitted that) And I have picked up pieces of furniture that others were just throwing away and placed in their yards. I have also purchased items at yard and salvage sales.

It’s really amazing how much stuff a person can collect in four years time. George has even dumpster dived…….he brought me home a watering can made of tin that is ancient and pockmarked but has NO holes in it! I love the thing.

I used to think that people searching through trash dumpsters were either crazy or drunk……..whatever could they possibly find that is worthwhile?

I got a dresser, a lamp (it needed a shade), the top of a huge buffet that I converted into a desk for me, an “igloo” dog house the perfect size to cover my lawnmower (used the top only) and the base for storing lawn equipment in the lean to shed. I found an antique bottle missing a stopper,  two wicker baskets, a wire trash can and a step stool; I found at least 50 picture frames in decent condition, a wall display case and wicker shelves for the bathroom, a buffet table and a lawn chair.

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free buffet, dresser, bookshelf, plastic bin, picture frames

The only expensive stuff we have purchased were the individual units I put together to make the wall to wall storage for the bedroom..and those were all less than $300.00. I would so much rather see broken and tossed things be refurbished and used than thrown into a land fill somewhere.  I rationalize the dumpster diving by thinking I am doing my own small part to save our planet.

There are a few terrific “how-to” blogs and websites about refurbishing. Go google them. Later, Alligator!

 

 

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