Hi there! I hope your week has gone well. We had some troubling news in our family. My my sister’s husband Bob was diagnosed with an aggressive, late-stage cancer. I know. That terrible “C” word. It can be terrifying. But they are people of faith who have served God sacrificially, including several years in Uganda, training nationals and ministering to orphans. [I wrote about them here.]
They only recently moved to Atlanta, bought a home, and were just getting settled in to a new stage in their ministry, when they received the news. It’s been very sobering, but the doctors feel his chances of beating it are very good. And so, as a family we believe that God is good, and we have entrusted Bob into his hands.
If you would pray for him as he comes to mind, we would appreciate it very much. If you feel led to make a donation for his medical expenses (he will not likely be able to work while receiving treatments for the next year), we’ve set up a fund for him that can be accessed here or on my sidebar.
There’s no easy way to transition from this news to today’s blog post, is there? Buying vintage and decorating my home no longer seem quite as relevant as they once did. But sometimes tending to “small” things in life that give us pleasure and make us feel whole, helps us through the hard times.
So we are living life as “normal,” while keeping my brother-in-law in prayer, supporting the family however we can, and hopefully, visiting them, soon. So read on, if you will, and find out more about how I took a pile of junk and turned it into some farmhouse pedestal stands—
As you can tell from this close up, I didn’t even bother to scrub away every last bit of baked on crud from this cake pan that I ended up using for one of the stands. It simply added to the rustic charm of the whole piece.
Over time I had collected a number of candle sticks and cake/tart pans for the purpose of one day mixing and matching them to create some pedestal stands. Before starting this project, I pulled them out and began placing pans atop sticks to come up with the best, most balanced, combinations. Make sure you’re pan isn’t too large for your base and vice versa.
I paired an old silver plated candlestick with a medium-sized aluminum cake pan, using contact cement to adhere them together. Before gluing, I sanded the surface of each piece a little to create better contact. After gluing, I placed a weight in the center of the pan and left it overnight to cure.
The beautiful color of the pears has begun to prepare me for fall, my favorite season.
They are the composite stone pears I bought a few weeks ago.
For the second stand, I chose a wooden candle stick and painted it black. After lightly distressing it, I gave it a coat of wax.
I topped it with another aluminum cake pan.
I made the third stand by putting together a pewter candlestick and a tart pan. Because the tart pan came in two pieces, I glued them together before attaching it to the candle stick.
I think I like this combo best. How about you?
I think I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, it’s so satisfying to turn vintage junk into home decor that is both beautiful and functional. Am I right?
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