Monday, December 3, 2012

Shelf Life

This shelf has been in our family for as long as I can remember. It was made by my Grandpa Al and has housed knick knacks and figurines in every home I can recall from my childhood. When I got married and we got our first apartment, I asked my mother if I could have it and of course she was thrilled that I wanted it.

Here it is in all of it’s fall-themed glory (let’s just say lots of things have improved since then…)


And then when we bought our little house, I pulled out old faithful to display my vintage camera collection


But one thing has always bothered me about the shelf: it’s SO heavy and dark! The moment you enter the room, your eye is immediately drawn to the sucker- especially if you decorate in whites, greys, and creams as I usually do. So what’s a girl to do? I think you know…


A little paint and some light sanding does the trick every time.

We’re pulling down Christmas decorations this week (I made it my goal to wait until after Vesper’s birthday!) so I plan to pull out my beloved white nativity set for display!




Mel said...

Your Grandpa Al would be so proud that you are enjoying his curio so much and would love the new look. This picture doesn't do it justice in the scheme of the whole room. It is very striking with the contrast of the Milk Glass and additional accent pieces.
Thanks for caring for it!

Can't wait to see the Christmas Decorations. Then it will be time to start on the Nursery!!!

chantilly said...

ooh, what a perfect and beautiful shelf! nice makeover, too :)