reader’s found treasure: devil drawing

It’s a winner! We all flipped for this creative use of a piece of a trash. Riye is the winner of the Show Us Your Found Decor contest. Congratulations! Your Ikea vases will be coming soon!

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I’m guessing most people’s fabulous trash finds will be great pieces of furniture but mine is a plate design.

Around six years ago I was looking for a really good housewarming gift for my dear friend B who, after scrimping and saving, finally managed to buy an apartment of his own (and believe me, in this town that is a major accomplishment). B is a graphic designer and in his limited spare time likes to draw comics and put together small illustrated books. One day, I noticed he had thrown away a bunch of small drawings, including this little winged devil man. I asked if I could have the drawings (he was throwing them away because they were “clutter”) and dug them out of his trash. At that time I was studying ceramics at the university so during my class on low-fired ceramics I made ceramic decals using the drawing. Then I went to Goodwill and bought a bunch of plain white dessert plates, took them back to school, and fired the decals on them. B was so surprised and happy with the plates that I wish I had had time to make him a whole set with that little devil man on them. — Riye

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reader's found treasure: devil drawing

It’s a winner! We all flipped for this creative use of a piece of a trash. Riye is the winner of the Show Us Your Found Decor contest. Congratulations! Your Ikea vases will be coming soon!

shelter_devilplate.jpg

I’m guessing most people’s fabulous trash finds will be great pieces of furniture but mine is a plate design.

Around six years ago I was looking for a really good housewarming gift for my dear friend B who, after scrimping and saving, finally managed to buy an apartment of his own (and believe me, in this town that is a major accomplishment). B is a graphic designer and in his limited spare time likes to draw comics and put together small illustrated books. One day, I noticed he had thrown away a bunch of small drawings, including this little winged devil man. I asked if I could have the drawings (he was throwing them away because they were “clutter”) and dug them out of his trash. At that time I was studying ceramics at the university so during my class on low-fired ceramics I made ceramic decals using the drawing. Then I went to Goodwill and bought a bunch of plain white dessert plates, took them back to school, and fired the decals on them. B was so surprised and happy with the plates that I wish I had had time to make him a whole set with that little devil man on them. — Riye

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reader's found treasure: orange armchair

We crown Holly the First Place Finalist in our Show Us Your Found Decor contest. It really was a toss us between her and the winner (coming soon!).

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One steamy August evening the family and I were out for a little late night Dumpster diving (a long tradition in my husband’s family!) He grew up in Scarsdale where the occasional Biedermeier sofa at the curbside was not uncommon. We were cruising by Pforzheimer House an undergraduate dorm near Harvard Square when I screamed out for my Hubby to stop the car. There it was, this beautiful orange armchair. Perfectly constructed, heavy as horse and as comfortable as any chair we’ve ever owned. I have no idea of it’s origin, it had no original tags on it but my guess would be early 60’s. If any readers know, I would love to find out. — Holly D. Cambridge, MA

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reader’s found treasure: orange armchair

We crown Holly the First Place Finalist in our Show Us Your Found Decor contest. It really was a toss us between her and the winner (coming soon!).

shelter_hollysorangechair.jpg

One steamy August evening the family and I were out for a little late night Dumpster diving (a long tradition in my husband’s family!) He grew up in Scarsdale where the occasional Biedermeier sofa at the curbside was not uncommon. We were cruising by Pforzheimer House an undergraduate dorm near Harvard Square when I screamed out for my Hubby to stop the car. There it was, this beautiful orange armchair. Perfectly constructed, heavy as horse and as comfortable as any chair we’ve ever owned. I have no idea of it’s origin, it had no original tags on it but my guess would be early 60’s. If any readers know, I would love to find out. — Holly D. Cambridge, MA

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reader’s found treasure: island-turned-bar

Check out our second place finalist in our Show Us Your Found Decor contest. More soon!

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I turned an old kitchen island into a bar for my apartment. It was a gross wooden and white country bumpkin movable island that my parents left on the curb. I decided to schlepp it from CT all the way to my apartment in Astoria. I sanded it all down, painted it a high sheen glossy black lacquer, and bought some new knobs from Anthropologie. Now it holds wine and shot glasses instead of pots and pans. — Laura S.

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