Just before the miscarriage stuff started (man, writing that is still hard), I picked up this cabinet at a yard sale in a field. It was marked $20, but one look inside...
(no shelves at all!) and I offered less. He took the money, we loaded the cabinet up and off we went.
It had great potential and I was excited to refinish it.
But everything turned into a big mess around here for a long while, and it sat, unloved in the garage.
My girlfriend (who has been down this road herself a few times), kept telling me that I really needed a project. But my heart was just not in anything I could think of to do.
And then last weekend I got the urge to start on it. (That is someone else's test paint there.)
So, I have spent about 9,000 hours working on the cabinet this week. It is a way bigger project than I imagined, requiring a LOT of paint. And it's been rainy, so I have been working well into the night in the dim light of the garage.
While I've been out there it's been hard not to have a bit of deja vu.
I spent the entire month of June in 1993 in my grandparents garage, working well into the night, refinishing a whole small apartment worth of furniture for my big move out of their house. There was a kitchen table and chairs, bookshelves, end tables, and even a couch to recover.
You name it, I remade it. An entire first apartment of scavenged goods, in navy blue and forest green. LOL
A lot of those things are long gone now, traded away for other second hand pieces of furniture, but that smell of paint and the sound of the paintbrush smoothing away the years is soothing for me. It reminds me of a time that was both harder and easier.
It reminds me of how far I have come, and yet, how many things are the same.
And while many of our friends are excited to be at a point in their lives where they can go into the department store and buy "grown up" furnishings, I am still perfectly happy with a $15 piece of furniture carted home from a field.
In fact, I wouldn't have it any other way.
What was your first home (away from mom and dad) like? Do tell.