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Thursday, May 15, 2014

If you’re looking for perfection, you’ve come to the wrong place

antique trim vessels

When my friend Nicole showed up this afternoon to pick up the centerpieces I built for her wedding, I will still waxing crates for her to use in her cupcake display.

“I wasn’t going to wax them, but then I was waiting for you and decided to try it to see what it looked like, and I think I like it.  But I’m not sure what they’ll look like in a month…I’ve never waxed old crates before.  And I’m actually not waxing them, now.  I started out waxing them, but I couldn’t get the wax down into all the crevices, so I’m oiling them.  My homemade furniture wax was made with beeswax and oil and so I figure, if I can mix oil with beeswax, can’t I just pour it on to this super soft wood? So, that’s what I’m doing. Pouring vegetable oil onto the wood and spreading it around.  What do you think?”

“It looks good.  Are you going to do the other two?”

“Well, I don’t know.  I mean, this is all a big experiment.  I don’t know what the oil’s going to look like in a month, either. But hey, if you’re looking for perfection, you’ve come to the wrong place.

“Let’s oil them.”

And so, 3 weeks before the wedding, on a Thursday afternoon, we sat down on my kitchen floor and poured vegetable oil on the other two crates.  I still don’t know what they’ll look like on the wedding day, but no matter what, I think it will be okay.

Because, like one of my favorite bloggers always says, “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”

Same goes for these antique-trim-branch-holder-thingies that I built.

wedding centerpieces antique trim towers

They are far from perfect.

antique trim towers

But they are beautiful.

repurposed antique trim

Like the lilac branches I filled them with, each one is different, but gorgeous.

 

Shared at Inspire me Monday

6 comments:

  1. Vegetable oil will turn rancid. I use mineral oil on my butcherblock counters. It won't go bad and it's food safe!

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  2. These look great! I'm sure Nicole will love them the day of and after too! :)

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  3. Look at you! They are beautiful!

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  4. So pretty! I think perfect is way overrated!

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