It is possible that I am feeling a tad discarded. Oh don’t worry, I’ll be fine. It’s also possible I am being a tad melodramatic. Still, the feeling of being discarded is there and I remind myself that discarded items can be perfectly useful.
One day, while driving up one of the many hills in San Francisco, my husband and I spotted this discarded piece of furniture. It’s a smallish bookshelf and to me it looks like it was hand made.
Upon closer inspection, my husband did not like it, but I did and it came home with us. It was filthy and serving as a dusty high-rise for many spiders. I scrubbed it and scrubbed it and left it outside in the backyard for many days.
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My husband suggested I put it back out on the street, but I assured him I wanted the thing, I just wasn’t ready to bring it in, not yet. It needed some cleaning and a little something else. Then it came to me: wood stain! That’s when I took some Minwax Waterbased Stain to it. My husband still didn’t like it when it was done, but I do and now I sleep sandwiched between it and my husband. It has become my nightstand.
What’s the moral of the story?
Not everyone is going to love you, some may cast you aside, but if you are lucky someone who wants and needs you will come along, dust you off, and keep you close.
Just because something has been discarded, doesn’t mean it isn’t perfectly useful.
Get over yourself, it’s just an old bookshelf that you refinished.
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Disclosure: As a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Blogger Network, I was provided with a gift card that I used to buy the finish for the bookshelf. All statements and opinions are mine.