The wonderful thing about getting something for free or for very little is that it gives great freedom to experiment. My neighbour threw out a very ugly couch. I rescued it, figuring that it wouldn’t really matter if it were stolen from my stoep. I did put a slip cover over it to try to disguise it. The slip cover was stolen and the full ugliness of the couch was again revealed.
I scribbled bits of W.H. Auden and Gus Ferguson on it and did my very bad illustrations. I like it a lot now and what’s more I reckon I’ve made it pretty thief-proof!