Hello. I’m glad you are back.
Yesterday I shared with you the gaudy, gold cabinet that Sweet Shark and I inherited from his mom.
I finally got the courage and the will to transform it. It turned out better than I expected and now that it has graced our entry hallway for a few weeks, I really love it.
After painting, sanding and distressing, Sweet Shark (Yes, I do ask his opinion sometimes.) thought the leaf motifs needed more emphasis, so I went back and rubbed a little Annie Sloan Dark Wax just on those areas. He was right. Looks much better.
Now where to put the cabinet? It couldn’t stay in the breakfast room. We had one spot in our long entry hallway that might work. We moved a statue on a stand into Sweet Shark’s bar which left an area between 2 columns. If you notice the pads on the feet, the cabinet was leaning a bit forward, so we added them to stabilize it.
A good fit. Noticeable, but unobtrusive.
Now for the fun part. What to put in the cabinet? A little scavenger hunt through the house revealed some treasures.
On the Top Shelf
a Bible that Sweet Shark had as a little boy, a Bible quote that was my mother~in~law’s, a silver oyster shell (a gift from our older daughter) and my younger daughter’s silver teething ring.
a picture of Sweet Shark (yes, dear readers, that is the man ~ isn’t he cute?) and me, a flea market French~looking box, a porcelain rose ( a gift from a sorority sister years ago for being in her wedding), and a porcelain painted egg (another gift from a friend).
2 silver cups plucked from the dining room and 8 of my mother~in~law’s Estée Lauder solid perfume containers that she collected. (We have another 25 in a cabinet in our bathroom and on my vanity. They are just beautiful and I love that I have them because they were hers.)
a ceramic planter for a pop of color
I know that I will rearrange and move in and out objects for the cabinet. Won’t that be fun?
I just wished that I had painted the cabinet earlier and not waited 8 months.
Better late than never. Now it’s an interesting piece to see as I walk by it each day ~ filled with little treasures to evoke a memory, a thought, a smile.
It’s curious ~ the things you think you don’t need sometimes are the very thing you do need.
Even if they are gold and gaudy.
Do you have a gold and gaudy? Don’t wait to make it your very own.