A Little Dumpster Chair's Rags to Riches Story

I got the call much like an EMT receives a 911 call. My good friend and fellow crafty-creative type Sarah Frost had dived to the murky depths of an elementary school dumpster and emerged in glory with what could quite possibly be the ugliest chair in town. Broken leg, rusty springs boing-ing out of the bottom, and covered in this crusty 1960s green vinyl, someone had (probably rightfully) decided that it had offered up its last restful reprieve. I was always a sucker for the kid yielding a found pregnant cat, and asking "can I keep it?". So when Sarah asked if anything could be done with the chair, of course, I said that I would see what I could do.

The Chair spent a few weeks in the corner of my workshop before I got the guts to put it up on the workbench. I think I used every clamp in the shop to glue it back into a state of reasonable sturdyness. The green vinyl came off and we dressed it with a fun orange fabric; a tribute to Sarah's and husband Jack's beloved alma mater Hendrix College.

 I proudly delivered the chair back to Sarah and it now sits in her entryway, offering up sits to any weary Frost Family guest. While this would be a happy ending, rags to riches story in its own right, this is not where the story ends for this little dumpster chair...

Sometime later, I found myself in Sarah's neighborhood, the quaint and storybook Hendrix Village in Conway, Arkansas. I was just down the street shooting a round of DIY videos for Southern Living Magazine. My task was to style a bookshelf, and I was using a mix of vintage and contemporary decor. I had it almost dialed in but there was just something missing. With camera crews standing by and producer giving me that "time is money" look, I was struggling for that extra punch to take it over the top. This was for Southern Living after all!! In a hail Mary epiphany, (the way the best design elements come to pass), I remembered the dumpster chair!


       

So without further fanfare… Sarah’s little dumpster chair’s 15 minutes of fame…