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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Taking Trashpicking to a New Extreme

I need help. 

Seriously.

Mike is ready to have me committed.

It’s bad.

To my credit, I’ve been a good girl lately; I haven’t curbshopped in ages….

and I even got Mike’s side of the garage all cleaned out so he can park in there yet again.

(this has become an annual ritual, I’m afraid)

So I didn’t think he’d be upset when I came home with a 300 400 pound trash can the other day.

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Oh boy, was I ever wrong!

I kinda had to ask for help getting it out of the van so I HAD to tell him about it.

He totally flipped a gasket over this one.

(and maybe got a hernia too)

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It’s just a run-of-the-mill concrete trash receptacle; they were very popular in the 70’s and 80’s at chain restaurants because they couldn’t be stolen or even blow away for that matter.

And it’s soooo heavy. I don’t know what it actually weighs, but I’m betting I’m not too far off the mark when I say 300 to 400 pounds!

They were going to throw it away at work.

That is, until I said I want it! 

It took 2 strong guys to slide it into the back of the van.

I can totally see this as a table base with a concrete top on it out next to our outdoor kitchen (which incidentally is sporting a new poured concrete top these days.) 

I know, I know, I haven’t blogged about that makeover yet….I’ve been holding out on you. 

Here’re a couple sneak peek pictures to give you an idea how it looks.

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I thought since I already know how to work with concrete it’d be a no-brainer to make a form and pour the tabletop, maybe stain the base to match the brown base of the outdoor kitchen.

Somehow Mike just doesn’t see it.

Sigh

What about you?

Can YOU see it?

Would YOU have brought this home?

I need some support here.

Help me get out of the doghouse, pretty please?

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20 comments:

  1. Yes- I totally see it! Great choice- and I bet Mike will think so, too, once you've worked your magic!

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  2. I agree, i can totally see it! I dont think a lot of men can imagine the end product that we have in our minds!

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  3. EXTREME??????? That was the pinnacle of trash picking! It was the trash can!!!!!!!!! I would NEVER have done it. NEVER. But after seeing your STUNNING outdoor kitchen, GO-FOR-IT!!! Mike will be happy while sitting with friends out back, sipping his iced tea, eating a burger at THE FUNKY CONCRETE TABLE that HE HIMSELF helped carry out of the van!

    You ROCK, ROSE!!!!!

    The ONLY way you can top this one:
    Drag home the green dumpster itself.....looks like it'll fit perfectly in your backyard for the swimming pool!!!

    Here are some great ideas!!!!

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/20/arts/design/20pool.html

    http://green.yahoo.com/blog/greenpicks/288/dumpster-swimming-pools-on-park-avenue.html

    Love ya,
    ~K

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  4. I can't quite picture it. BUT!! I've been following your blog long enough to know that you can totally pull it off! Tell him to have some faith, and to look around at everything else you've accomplished, because it's a LOT!!
    He might not see it now, but he'll love it later.

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  5. Hmmm... would I? Probably not.
    But would it make the coolest table ever? YES!

    I only wouldn't bring it home for other reasons (not because it's a crazy idea...You know me, I LOVE A GOOD CRAZY IDEA- have them quite often myself)
    a.) I probably wouldn't have had help to load it.
    b.) I definitely wouldn't have had help to UNload it.
    c.) I don't think the suspension in my car would support it nor would my car have the space to haul it.
    d.) I would never have imagined a table. I would have passed because I have a trash can already...LOL!

    going to check out Kolein's links!

    Pat

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  6. Now I must say I love this trash can and your idea for it! Yes I can see it. With your outdoor kitchen it will be perfect! Please tell me you are out of the doghouse!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  7. I would have said you're crazy for hauling it home until you showed your outdoor kitchen. Perfecto. I just hope you haven't injured your van. :@

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  8. Ha ha...I've found a kindred spirit! I would totally have dragged that home. I've got a big old rusty brown barrel(it also weighs a ton!) in my backyard right now waiting to be made into something...just haven't figured out what yet! lol
    Love your blog!

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  9. If someone was there to help load that baby up I would be dragging it home, and if the table idea doesn't pan out toss some dirt into it and make a planter! Or a cool fountain! So many possibilities!

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  10. I can absolutely see it turned over as a table base! So very very creative.

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  11. I can absolutely see it as a base for an outdoor table but I wouldn't have brought it home my husband would have! The sad thing is he wouldn't have seen the table base he wouldn't have known what he would do with it but he would have brought it home. LOL

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  12. IT WILL LOOK GREAT WITH YOUR MAKEOVER JUST MAKE SURE YOU PUT IT IN THE RIGHT SPOT THE FIRST TIME SO YOU DONT HAVE TO MOVE IT AGAIN.
    LAUREN

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  13. HEY ROSE,
    TELL MIKE TO CHILL OUT. HE WILL LOVE YOU EVEN MORE WHEN YOU GET A TOP FOR IT!!!

    B

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  14. When he is sitting around that table with his buddies, he will get it.

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  15. Oh Rose I can't believe I missed this... I would be paranoid of the germs so that would have never followed me home.

    I know you will make it fabulous. I agree, Mike will be thinking it was a great idea when you get it done. The outdoor kitchen is looking great. Love the new countertops... awesome job there girl. Can't wait to see this one finished.

    Hope you are having a great weekend.

    Hugs, Deb

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  16. Oh my, I'm so far behind on my blogs! I have nearly 700 items in my reader :(
    I would NOT have brought it home for many reasons. But do I think YOU should have brought it home? YEP! It is going to make a fabulous table! I can't wait to see it. Your kitchen is looking incredible! I'm so jealous! My back yard is pitiful! I never even go out there, except to cut the grass, and I haven't even done that lately.
    Thanks for sharing it with us!
    gail

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  17. The weight of it may have made me hesitate since I always move my projects around from point a to b to...but dang, how could you walk away from a free concrete piece?! I love concrete!

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  18. Too funny...those poor husbands, they don't stand a chance do they? I think it's going to make a great table...can't wait to see it all fixed up :) Laurel

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  19. I love it! It will make a great table base. My husband would have gone ballistic. He doesn't always see things the way I do but I can usually bring him 'round. =)

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