Treasure Trolling — Porch Style 

Look what I found on someone's curb!

Look what I found on someone’s curb!

We all do it. Well, at least, I think we all do it.

Troll for treasure that is. You know what I’m talking about: making sure someone isn’t throwing away something perfectly lovely, that just might need a little extra TLC or a fresh coat of paint to be quite usable again.

That was me today. Not that I was deliberately looking for anything in particular: save front porches!

But as I drove past this one home, they had set their old porch coffee table and end tables (along with some clay pots) out to the curb. If they are like me, I set things out, hoping someone will take interest in them enough to take them home before the garbage men come and collect them. We all know that this is recycling in its most basic form, and I am grateful for it, as both the giver and recipient.

I already had the robin's egg blue spray paint. So why not?

I already had the robin’s egg blue spray paint. So why not?

Back to the find. I actually turned my car around to check them out. If I waited, even for 20 minutes, they would have been snatched up by some mom en route to the carpool line. They seemed fine. Badly chipped paint, a little rust, some leaves and some dirt, but nothing broken.

So, I loaded them in the minivan and trotted home. For some reason, two weeks ago, I had picked up a $6 can of Valspar outdoor spray paint in a cheery robin’s egg blue. I think I might have thought to repaint the wrought iron chair that sits on the front porch, but I hadn’t gotten around to it, and it was not “critical” that it be painted.

So, I went ahead and painted that little set I found by the side of the road, and it looks great! I may not actually need all the pieces, and if not, they can grace someone else’s home.

Look what this little table does to spice up my porch. It's fresh, happy, vibrant. Being on the front porch, it affects every member of my family and all our visitors. Cheap thrills!

Look what this little table does to spice up my porch. It’s fresh, happy, vibrant. Being on the front porch, it affects every member of my family and all our visitors. Cheap thrills!

This time of year, a lot of “weathered” furniture is making its way to the curb. Take the time to analyze your front porch and see what you need.

And before you hit the store, go trolling. You never know what good thing you just might find.

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