My feelings on the self-proclaimed "project" of taking something old and imagining the possibilities of something new without obliterating the lives it has lived, haven't changed much over the years. Vanishing into antique shops and breathing dust for a couple hours calms me while the notion of salvaging with the seer's eye, even if it means using a little elbow grease, excites that secret spot deep within. But it's only recently that I've decided to act on said chronic impulses.
Sometimes I just want to know what I'm capable of doing because it's important to create an interesting space you want to live in and not simply live in a space in which you have no interest.
Wild-eyed and no stranger to home renovation, our overly discussed home to-do list usually results in a task that's hard to swallow but not far-fetched enough to prevent doing. Like the gym. Oh, and the recording studio for Alex. But apparently, the smaller things that bother me don't bother Alex nearly as much. Like the blue kitchen walls I'm tired of looking at. Or the some brown, some missing, door frames we have yet to repaint and repair. Still, we love our home and want it to be as happy with us living in it as we are happy to be in it.
Reared to a family of carpenters, woodworkers and burners, nurses and healers, painters and whispered artistic ability, a family intent on life's necessity to create and nurture, no matter the medium, there's vision in the hindsight of these cherished passed along standards. I've discovered that these special traits, those that made their blood pump and hearts race with a creative voice, now does the same for mine.
(Above: Progress collage using beautiful cedar to build the new wood planked table top and lower shelf. Below: The before-and-after typewriter base photos.)
So lately, when I spot an antique typewriter table on its last dying breath, I see opportunity after resuscitation. Instead of thinking all is lost to its dingy steel legs and cat-clawed wood panel body with a $35 price tag, I see a great piece of furniture waiting to happen. Thanks Mom, for all your help and hard work!
First project teaser shown here. Keep an eye out for my next BIG hand built from scratch project!