The truth needs to be told that not every thing in life is not always cookie-cutter easy. When I first started today’s project, I was mentally boasting how easy this would be and I was really looking forward to it. ahem. No such thing actually happened. With much to learn from this, I am proud to say that I now have the repurposed bread box charging station I was after from this garage sale find.
Let me explain…At first glance you see a shabby looking wooden box (and not the shabby chic kind, right?). But… oh does this thing have a wicked side. I had flash backs of a certain promise I made to myself while doing this chest of drawers to never buy a previously painted item again. With much head-slapping and asking “Why??”, I finished my project.
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What’s all the fuss you say? Well, it all started out just fine. I tested the paint with alcohol to make sure it was a latex and could be painted over. I sanded it with my sander to give it a bit to give it tooth and even went down to wood in some places.
It wasn’t until after I gave it a first coat of paint that I saw the trouble. Problem was I encountered something else just before I saw these issues.
Ladies and gents, I was attacked by a reader who doesn’t even know me, who apparently has nothing better to do than to be a keyboard warrior. Worst part is although I knew how outlandish her comments were I let it get to me. Apparently, my last post hit a nerve with Ruth and my grain & gluten-free dessert recipe put her over the edge. Seriously.
Here is what she wrote:
“You are kidding right? Gluten free, taste free, global warming free, animal rights free, politically correct, human rights support, land mine free, woman’s right support, BLM matters endorsed, more love for ISIS is the answer, sheesh. When will the insanity end?”
I was dumb-struck. My heart was broken because I poured myself into my recipe so that I could share it with you and I didn’t even need to. My kids helped me get the project done and were so excited as well. Not many of you commented on it and that’s okay because I’m sharing to teach and to spread my love of real food.
However, her comment hit so hard and made me ready to quit blogging because of this and other things going on. Yes, I get 99% positive feedback from you guys, but it only takes that one at the right time to send a sucker-punch to the gut. ISIS…really?? She even had the nerve to tell me she unsubscribed from my blog. First thought… “don’t let the door hit you on the way out!”
I sent an email to Ruth defending myself and my family and our dietary beliefs. She replied that she KNEW that I fell for every huckster trick. Okay…I’m getting angry just writing this.
I let it at that. Blocked her and tried to put it out of my mind. I went back to my project and saw the paint bubbled everywhere. AND I found that the center panel was not the wood I thought it was, but was actually glass. That meant more nitty-gritty work. More frustration, right? I was ready to throw this thing in the trash. I wanted to scream and give up.
Instead of doing so I grabbed my tools and attacked this thing with a vengeance. I AM NOT A QUITTER. How dare she accuse me of such things, how dare this stupid bread box give me trouble?
Then I had some thoughts as I worked. What if God quit on me when I acted up? (you know I do…we all do). What if instead of showering us with love, He turned his back on us because we were too hard to handle.
God put me in the blogging world for a reason and I intend to see it through. I kept working on that box, scraping…sanding…scraping…sanding…until I got this:
…a fresh slate. The bad was removed and this is where new life begins. Much like us as we need our Savior. I thank God that He gives us new life.
I added a few extras here and there, including a power strip for the electronics, and a few resting places for them to sit while charging.
So, this is my project that got me fired up, that got me angry, and forced me to not quit even when I had every reason to. Whatcha think?
I really debated on painting the back side of the glass because I loved the window, but I felt most would agree the whole idea was to hide the electronics mess, so paint I did.
It is so cute and functional with many ways to get your devices ready for the day.
You can find this repurposed bread box and more of my furniture and decor in my shop. (SOLD)
I pray for Ruth and those like her that spread darkness so that they too may have peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). You know I do this to inspire others, so please pin and share to spread the love and be a light. ♥
Up next, I can’t wait to show you how I came to get up-close and personal with this gorgeous dressing table. Head here to see the after.