Two weeks ago as we were walking in our neighbourhood, we came upon a collection of household items stacked on the verge that a family wanted to give away. We noticed a Jarra bookshelf among them and as we walked along discussed the possibility of taking it home to use in our house. It looked like a size that might be ideal for our kitchen and would coordinate well with another small Jarra bookcase we already had. Keith was a bit hesitant to take on a refinishing project, however, and we didn’t have a way to get it back to the house, so we gave it a miss.
Later, however, I started to look at our kitchen and living room, and began to see what a difference that little bookshelf could make. I saw a number of possibilities of arranging and rearranging and how it would make both areas more functional and more attractive–and so we brought it home and Keith went to work to bring it up to a good standard–sanding, planing, adding feet on the base, and applying several coats of lacquer.
Several days into the bookshelf project we were walking by the same house and noticed additional furniture on the verge. This time we discovered they were giving away a perfectly sound dining room table with two leaves. All it required was a good rub down with oil. We brought that home the same day and by evening Keith had it polished and ready to put inside. We were surprised to discover that although it was a larger table it actually took up less space than our previous table as well as providing more seating. What a blessing.
One day later Keith had in mind to ask one of our close neighbours if he knew of a good plumber he could recommend to install an outside tap on our house. Keith has been concerned about using well water to wash the car as it has a high mineral content and can scratch the car. When we asked our neighbour Danny who is a die hard “do-it-yourself” man he convinced Keith that he could do it himself. He explained the procedure, gave us some parts he had on hand, and Keith came home and rounded up the rest from our garage. It was very rewarding for him to successfully install a tap for the first time!
It has been a happy two weeks with Keith working outside to mend and repair things and me inside the house re-organizing and beautifying. Thanks to our Heavenly Father and two kind neighbours we were able to see some new possibilities for our home and together make it more beautiful and functional. What a difference a bookshelf makes!
Keith enjoyed being outside and reclaiming the bookshelf.
He finished it with some floor shelaque he had in the garage.
The beautiful finished product.
What a difference the addition of the new bookshelf (foreground.) It has greatly enhanced the function of our kitchen and loungeroom.
By moving our existing bookshelf to the living room we were able to bring the family clock from Keith’s Mum into the lounge room. The lovely tick tock of the clock and the chiming on the hour has added to the feeling of “home.”
The traymobile has been moved from the lounge room to the laundry room. It provides storage for large serving bowls as well as crock pot and roaster pan. When we have guests, it will provide an addition serving surface.
Can you believe this table was free for the taking?
We love our new table.
Our old kitchen table nicely situated on the veranda outside the guest room.
Keith is very proud of his very first tap project!