Remember this little $8 thrift store find?
I’m so glad I asked your opinion on what to do with it. There were so many fabulous ideas, I was wishing for a duplicate or two. I loved the idea of putting it in the kitchen and making it a
message center and also of painting it pink and using it for my daughter’s accessories.
But I didn’t go with either of those.
(I did discover that it isn’t from a church and isn’t that old. I didn’t learn it’s original use though.)
Here’s what I did:
I spray painted it with a high quality black enamel paint. (The kind that doesn’t require any sanding. What can I say? I’m a lazy decorator).
An empty wall and a box of photos, special linens, mismatched dishes and antique salt and pepper shakers from the great grandparents farm solidified my decision to create an heirloom shelf.
I used scrapbook paper to line the small drawers and one of the square spaces. I found some cute coordinating ribbon and although it looks like it’s hanging from a funky knob, I’ve really secured it with heavy-duty hangers.
I hung a teacup passed down from some family members on an “S” hook in one of the holes on the shelf ledge.
Adorable damask push-pins keep old photos in place.
Every other year, we travel to a Family Reunion on my hubby’s side and we enjoy a fun family auction. I’ve collected a box of special treasures, plus a few items passed down from my family and my hubby’s maternal side. But that’s where I’ve stored them, in a box.
For the “W”, I printed out a font and traced it onto a blank stencil sheet. It was so easy!
P.S. One of our family treasures is a Civil War picture from the 1860’s of my hubby’s great, great, great grandfather. Anyone know where we can get it restored?
Swing over to The Remodeling Guy’s Round-Up to some more before and afters!