When my mom sold my childhood home six months after Chris and I got married, I was devastated. My dad helped build that home, I grew up there and had so many wonderful memories during that time. It was really hard to say goodbye, but it was something we knew was coming for a long time. Mom just didn’t want to be there anymore. It was time for her to move on.
Because she was downsizing, a lot of the furniture and wall decor was being given away. Mom gave Sam, Julie, and I what we wanted (and asked for) and the rest was given to friends or thrown away. A few of the items I took have been repurposed and are being used somewhere in our home. Others are still sitting in a closet, waiting to be used. And others were waiting to be repurposed, like this really great picture frame!
Our dinning room is almost an exact replica from my mom’s house (minus a few accent pieces and some wall decor). When she sold her house I asked for the dinning set, because I really loved it and thought it would be perfect for family dinners at my house (and I was right!). It was something she and my dad picked out together before he passed away, and I felt like I was bringing a piece of him into my home when she gave me the furniture.
Another thing I had asked for when she was selling my childhood home was this wooden frame and candle display she had hanging on the wall of an adjoining room. I had always loved it and knew I wanted it to hang somewhere in my home.
Chris, the wonderful husband that he is, was completely okay with me bringing all of this stuff back with me (even if he didn’t enjoy carrying it all up the stairs). After some time though, he confided in me that he wasn’t thrilled with all the candles on the wall because it was too girly for him. I think he didn’t tell me when I first brought it home because he knew how much having things from my childhood home meant to me. It was sweet of him, and I appreciated the gesture. But I never want to have something in our home that he doesn’t like. So, I began to look for other ways to decorate the wall where the candles were hung.
I decided that I wanted to repurpose the frame and use it to display pictures. I don’t really print out a lot of pictures that I take so I am hoping that this will force me to start. During the year I’d love to hang pictures of all of our adventures, family, and friends on the wall. And during Christmas I’m planning to decorate it with a few of the Christmas Cards we receive.
Making the display was fairly simple. I just used a hot glue gun to attach transparent wire to the back of the frame and then hung my pictures with tiny clothespins I picked up from Michael’s.
We now have something that we both love in the dinning room, and it’s one step closer to being finished! I know I keep saying that I am so ready to leave this apartment, but I truly believe that it’s because it just doesn’t feel like home yet. Little touches like these, no matter how small, are making me love my home. And I think…even though I am ready…I’ll be sad to leave when the time comes.
What do you think?
Do you have a lot of hand-me-downs in your home? Do you repurpose them or keep them as is?