Dumpster Diving 101 with Debi Beard

“When I opened my store, I had a very small budget, so I started looking through the trash for things that I could sell.”

- Debi Beard, artist, whimsical boutique owner and professional trash transformer

Today we are delighted to feature some fantastic dumpster diving techniques that recycling expert Debi Beard uses to reduce waste and show ♥ to the environment. We’re so thrilled to have her share this Youtube video with us, where she “paints” a picture of how to add personality and flair to an old chair using this secret pink ingredient.

Click below to see how this ingenious idea comes to life.

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Contrary to popular belief, dumpster diving is not just confined to your neighbor’s trash – according to Debi, you’ve got options! On her entertaining YouTube channel, Debi’s videos display tons of tutorials on ingenious ways to transform discarded disappointments into trusty treasures.

Debi Beard Videos

In most recent news of her dumpster diving escapades, Debi has:

  • traversed down the beach to find lonely buoys washed up on shore and turned them into impressive hanging lanterns
  • hunted for atypical treasures at neighborhood yard sales to recycle into brilliant works of art
  • picked up a rickety white picket fence on the side of the road, painted with bold colors, and pieced together its remains into a huge handsome mirror

What would be considered an extreme adventure for an amateur, trash picking in unexpected places perfectly describes a typical day in the life of Debi Beard.

Upcycled Challenge

Upcycled PinterestHave you turned garbage into glitter? Compile your most creative recycling projects into powerful original images and post to your Pinterest board. Comment below with a link to your board for a chance to be featured on our Stampington & Company’s Upcycled Challenge page with artist credit in the post. If you need some inspiration to get started, peruse the pages of our new GreenCraft Magazine.

Deadline: May 15th 2013

We want to know:

Do you have a favorite dumpster diving spot or story you’d like to share? What unique treasures have you recreated from your finds? We look forward to reading your comments below!

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16 Responses to “Dumpster Diving 101 with Debi Beard”

  1. rita says:

    Debi is so talented!

  2. Carol Gib says:

    This is one of the most enjoyable DIY videos
    I’ve seen.

  3. I’m a huge fan of Debi’s ~ she is awesome!

  4. Sherry Collier says:

    I took a old chair,cut off the back of chair. Found a thick piece of wood and wood glued it to the top of chair base. then I smashed a bunch of dishes different colors, Took one tile with a bid on it,broke it into 5 or 6 pieces. Started on top of the wood,tiling the bird centerpiece on,then filling in with the rest,with tile paste. Then grouted and washed the top. Can mail a pic,just ask. It won best of show at fair for recycled

  5. Becky Green says:

    Talk about bringing a SMILE to someone’s face!!!!!!! :)

  6. Ruth says:

    I wish you’d not limit entries to Pinterest boards. My Pinterest account was hacked so I terminated my participation there. So sorry that you have such a narrow option for entries.

  7. Ronni Jane says:

    Excuse me! I posted on here a little while back and now its gone!! I was only sharing my experience with dumpster diving! Is there a reason why someone took my post down? I didn’t do anything wrong!

  8. Ronni Jane says:

    Or maybe i did. Could someone please send me an email and let me know why it was taken down? That would be great thank you

  9. Ronni Jane says:

    I would just like to give public thanks to Bethany for her quick response to my questions, and her very sincere email! I apologize for my frustrated messages and for being quick to assume that my post was taken down, rather than coming to a more positive, and more logical, conclusion; technical difficulties. I love Stampington! This is my favorite magazine! The eye candy & colorful pages, beautiful artwork and I love coming here to see all the beautiful things you have on display thank you so much better any

  10. Ronni Jane says:

    Whoops! I hit the wrong button and it sent my message. As I was saying, your magazines are very beautiful & I have just started collecting them, but I have over 40 already, plus more on cd! They take me to a place where I feel free of pain, where the little girl inside comes out to play, where I can get inspiration for my next art piece. Thank you for your beautiful magazines & all of your hard work! And, again, Bethany, thank you for your very kind email! Sincerely, Ronni

  11. Bethany says:

    Thanks Ronni for your very kind message! We truly appreciate your understanding as we have converted over to the new site and we’re so happy that you have been inspired by our magazines. It’s readers like you who continue to inspire us in return. Wishing you the very best and we look forward to reading more of your comments on our blog!

    All the best,
    Bethany Michaels
    Marketing Assistant/Copywriter
    Stampington & Company

  12. Lisa Zinza says:

    WoW … ♦ … absolutely fabulous! I wish I could dumpster dive & find that couch!!! I NeeD a pink sofa!!!

  13. donna c says:

    OMGEEE just came here from the email link and you are stinkin’ adorable!!
    I can’t believe you painted a sofa!!!!! so freakin’ amazing!!! I must have this paint!!! I wouldn’t mind the sofa too! :)

  14. Kathy S says:

    i love this – anything that repurposes/reuses something is fantastic and i love the pink sofa- so much fun :)thanks for sharing

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“When I opened my store, I had a very small budget, so I started looking through the trash for things that I could sell.”

- Debi Beard, artist, whimsical boutique owner and professional trash transformer

Today we are delighted to feature some fantastic dumpster diving techniques that recycling expert Debi Beard uses to reduce waste and show ♥ to the environment. We’re so thrilled to have her share this Youtube video with us, where she “paints” a picture of how to add personality and flair to an old chair using this secret pink ingredient.

Click below to see how this ingenious idea comes to life.

***

Contrary to popular belief, dumpster diving is not just confined to your neighbor’s trash – according to Debi, you’ve got options! On her entertaining YouTube channel, Debi’s videos display tons of tutorials on ingenious ways to transform discarded disappointments into trusty treasures.

Debi Beard Videos

In most recent news of her dumpster diving escapades, Debi has:

  • traversed down the beach to find lonely buoys washed up on shore and turned them into impressive hanging lanterns
  • hunted for atypical treasures at neighborhood yard sales to recycle into brilliant works of art
  • picked up a rickety white picket fence on the side of the road, painted with bold colors, and pieced together its remains into a huge handsome mirror

What would be considered an extreme adventure for an amateur, trash picking in unexpected places perfectly describes a typical day in the life of Debi Beard.

Upcycled Challenge

Upcycled PinterestHave you turned garbage into glitter? Compile your most creative recycling projects into powerful original images and post to your Pinterest board. Comment below with a link to your board for a chance to be featured on our Stampington & Company’s Upcycled Challenge page with artist credit in the post. If you need some inspiration to get started, peruse the pages of our new GreenCraft Magazine.

Deadline: May 15th 2013

We want to know:

Do you have a favorite dumpster diving spot or story you’d like to share? What unique treasures have you recreated from your finds? We look forward to reading your comments below!

Related Posts: