Happy Friday, everyone! I’m sure you’re looking forward to the weekend like we are. Michael will be putting the finishing touches on Claire’s tack trunk, which is essentially a hope chest to store her saddle and barn supplies. He used the power tools he received for Christmas and now all I can think is, “What can I talk him into building for me?” I’ve dropped numerous subtle hints that I want a large wooden dining table for the back porch. This is how our most recent conversation went:
S-I have an idea of what you can build next. We could really use a nice dining table on the back porch.
M-I already told you I don’t know how to build a table.
S-Don’t worry. I half-listened to a building presentation at a blogging conference. I remember something about flipping every other board. It’s going to be fine.
M-[mumble, mumble] [exit scene]
I’ll show you pictures of two of his projects on Monday. He sells himself short with his woodworking skills, and no, none of it’s rubbed off on me yet.
Do you remember when I did the Secret Santa swap, hosted by my sweet blogging friend Sara last month? Included in our package was a thrift store item that we were supposed to somehow flip or repurpose. Now, I don’t remember this part when I signed up to participate. I was evidently too focused on the “getting presents” bit. Thrifting isn’t my thing, and I’m fairly certain that the Frisco Resale is where I contracted a nasty case of pink eye, because my other stop that day was Target, and Target wouldn’t dream of giving me an infectious disease.
Amanda, my Secret Santa, sent me the most wonderful assortment of gifts, including this lovely little tray. It’s so pretty and I never see stuff like this at the thrift store. Never.
The tray has an interesting history. It’s a vintage Kromex piece, popular during the 50s and early 60s. The tray is made of chrome, which was the “it” material of the mid-century period. Chrome found its way into furniture, cars, and even serving pieces. Kromex products were only produced for a short period of time, and while they aren’t considered rare, it’s a nice piece of history to own.
I had a month to come up with some way to reinvent the tray. It sat on my counter like a crafting Tell-Tale Heart, so I put it in the cabinet for a while and hoped for inspiration to strike. I couldn’t think of anything that would improve upon the already pretty little tray, or think of another purpose that would do the tray justice. Thoughts included painting it, which seemed a mortal sin, or making it into a jewelry holder that I didn’t need. Also a mortal sin. (Thump, thump. Thump, thump.)
I took the tray back out of the cabinet and consulted friends and family, then summarily dismissed their suggestions. Make it into a candle (???), key holder with hooks, belt buckle (because everything’s bigger in Texas)–and the tray sat some more, the heartbeat growing louder and louder as the post deadline loomed. Then suddenly I knew what to do.
Sure, I polished it up a little bit. But I loved the tray when I first saw it and found no need to alter it in any way. The tray can do a few remarkable things just as it is.
It makes a pretty holder for bud vases and fresh flowers.
It can make a guest feel special and welcome in our home.
And it can be a lovely little spot to hold my note cards, gently prodding me to put pen to paper every now and again. I’d like to think I’m the kind of person who can find hidden beauty in something and bring it to light when needed.
But I’d much rather be the kind of person who knows when something is beautiful just as it is.
Now please go and see what my infinitely more creative friends made, because I know I sent Sara a thrift item that wasn’t beautiful in its original state. (I thought she would enjoy a challenge?)
1. The Dean’s List Blog // 2. Pretty Practical Home // 3. Casa Watkins 4. The Twin Cedars // 5. Our Crafty Mom // 6. Twelve on Main // 7. Creatively Homespun // 8. My Life From Home // 9. Hobnail House // 10. Domicile 37 // 11. Beauteeful Living // 12. Knock it off Crafts 13. Pocket of Posies 14. The Weathered Fox // 15. Shabby Grace Blog
I’ll see you on Monday, and if you haven’t voted in the kitchen quandary yet (look–I learned how to spell that!), speak now or forever hold your peace. Also, don’t forget to enter the Instagram giveaway I’m co-hosting with Lamps Plus. (The contest ends tonight!) Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!