Many years ago, my Mom gave me some beautiful hand crocheted hankies that my Grandmother made. Through the years, I have also collected beautiful, lacy antique hankies. Occasionally, I will use them to embellish my bears, but for the most part, I just keep them in a drawer - only to look at and admire and then back they go.
A couple weeks ago, I saw a post on Pinterest - someone had repurposed an old spoon shelf and they were using it to display their antique hankies. It was a brilliant idea! Since I've been going to the Goodwill at least once a week anyway in my quest for glass bottles, decanters and ornate picture frames to paint, I decided to add spoon shelves to my quest. It paid off because yesterday I found a spoon shelf! You can imagine my excitement .. and to top things off, it was "yellow tag day" which means anything with a yellow tag was half off. I couldn't go wrong! Even though the price of the shelf was only $1.49, I ended up spending several hours painting, waxing, sanding, and staining - time well spent, I think! I used Louis Blue Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, light and dark Annie Sloan Wax, sanded lightly on all the corners and raised areas and finished by whitewashing with Gesso. I love the outcome.
I hope you are not getting tired of my "Upcycling" and "Repurposing" posts as I am really enjoying making all these things and they are things I used to share with my Mom. I know she would have loved this latest project. I can almost hear her say "that's a wonderful way to display my Mother's handiwork"! I also know I would have looked far and wide for another vintage Spoon Shelf for me because I would have given this one to her. Wish you were here, Mom. xoxo