In my first post about this project, I talked about taking something that would otherwise be considered useless and giving it new life. Aren’t the most interesting people to talk to those who have good stories to tell? New things can be nice, but there’s just nothing like a chair that has been passed down from one generation to the next, butt marks worn into the leather from a grandfather’s Christmas stories. There’s nothing like a pair of work boots broken in by the feet of a hard working husband. There’s just something about using an old tobacco basket once circled with hands of tobacco in preparation for auction.
Repurposed. As long as we’re still living and breathing, we can be used and reused for a purpose.
So this wannabe corbel:
..was given new life. It was cut, sanded, and stained. I used Minwax’s Dark Walnut with a coat of gray.
After choosing my font, I printed it using my Silhouette machine and used a piece of tape to line everything up before sticking it on.
Using a tape measure, I made sure the name was centered.
Once I was sure everything was lined up, I stuck it down by applying some firm pressure to the wood.
From a corbel to a timeless gift. To my sister on her upcoming marriage, my prayer is that it one day holds the memories of a father reading Christmas stories and a momma squeezing freshly bathed munchkins eating warm chocolate chip cookies. May your marriage be one that is always renewed.