Wednesday, August 10, 2011

China Hutch Update

There is a woman in my church who literally lights up the room when she walks in.  So much so, that I have nicknamed her "Sparkle".  I seriously have to stop and think of what her real name is sometimes because, to me, she is just "Sparkle". She has a figure that would stop traffic and looks beautiful in her little suits.  Her hair is so fashionable and stylish, and she always has on her bling.  Tasteful, not gawdy, but enough to catch your eye.  The amazing thing:

  Sparkle is well into her 80's!

 My China Cabinet when the Breakfast Room was blue.

I think what I love about Sparkle so much, though, is her dynamic personality.  Life has dealt her enough blows, but she puts her bling on with a smile, praises God for the life he has given her, and continues to shine with all she has.  That, friends, is the beauty that comes with aging.

Don't you think that's why so many of us are drawn to older things?  They have their dents and cracks, but they also have a wonderful story to tell, if we listen.

The old knobs.

This is the built-in china cabinet in the Breakfast Room of my 1929 home.  If you look closely enough you'll see uneven doors, scraped up paint, a cloudy mirror, and gold painted hinges.  And yet, she's still such a beauty!

Can you imagine the stories she's heard around the breakfast table for more than 80 years?

Unfortunately, my old cabinet was needing a little attention. The knobs on her drawers and doors were having trouble staying tight, because the screws had stripped the wood away.  We have been dealing with this problem by filling the holes with toothpicks and then screwing in the knobs.

When my friend found a great deal on some glass knobs recently, I knew it was time to give my girl some new bling. How delighted I was when the holes actually had to be drilled out to fit the new knobs.

  Oh, she's going to be so happy. 

 She'll think she's 20 again!

You know, every girl needs a little new bling now and then to keep her Sparkle on, don't you think?

I just love her new look, and Sparkle, if you ever read this, you're my hero!

Thanks for stopping by,



  1. Ellie - what a great story! I do love older pieces the most and your built in cabinet is a beauty! Love her new bling! Great job! ;)


  2. Great solution and they are stunning!..Christine

  3. Super cute post and I love your cabinet! Would love for you to come share this at Feathered Nest Friday sometime! :)

  4. Hi there- just stopping back by to say thank you for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday this week- hope you will come share again soon! :)

  5. Beautiful story and beautiful piece of eye-candy, before and after!!


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