I bought a shelving unit over 7 months ago from joann fabrics. I had seen it during one of my trips to buy yarn, thought of many uses for it before deciding on the perfect place for it in my bathroom. Constructed out of solid pine and unfinished, I wanted to put my finishing touches to it. So I bought it. I went to Home Depot and found feet for the piece, put a coat of paint on it, sanded it, painted it again, going for that country distressed look. I’ve refinished a small armoire in the past with that distressed look, so I felt confident that this one would look alright. Sure enough, it was relegated to a corner for months not only being neglected, but not even sitting properly, and without its feet attached. There are a few other projects that I’ve started with good intention to finish, but somehow they find themselves filed under: temporarily on hold. Every Saturday I wake up and decide to re-open a file and change the status of a project from dormant to active.
The other day, I moved the unit out of my way, again, and decided to finish it so that I can use it in the way I had originally envisioned. I recently saw the most amazing idea on the relatively new Pinterest.com site of an old dresser brought back to life with words stenciled on the front of it, drawers and all, and distressed. I like the site, it’s basically an online scrapbook of ideas: recipes to try, dog photos I love, my food photography, exercise routines, dream destinations, and well-designed spaces. My file cabinet is packed with stored folders of ripped magazine pages with similar themes: favorite kitchens, gardens, exteriors, travel ideas, and health articles. It’s the same idea, just different media. Online “boards” replace paper file folders. and while Pinterest provides virtual folders of visuals with a pin-board motif all highly organized and promising less paperwork and clutter in my file cabinet, it’s also a venue for rampant sharing of ideas with a sort of anonymity. No friending, no drama.
I clicked on the photo of that dresser someone had initially shared on a board that I follow, and it took me to the designers’ site with step-by-step instructions complete with photos of its evolution from tired to inspired. No matter how many times the photo gets re-pinned from various admirers, the credit eventually gets back to the originator of the image or idea at its original source. I re-pinned the photo of the dresser onto my “redo, reuse, relove” board. The words on the dresser are New York City street names – 42nd Street, Houston, Broadway, etc. – which is not only brilliant, but visually stunning. So I decided on the top of this shelving unit I’m working on, I would apply street names from the city where I live, one word being “Hope.” This weekend, I bought some letter stencils at the college bookstore, more paint, and now with a new vision in mind, I’m back in business and will complete this piece, at least before the year is over!
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