My absolutely favorite things in our home are those that we’ve inherited from family. I love that they tell a story and are a continual reminder of loved ones.
My Grandpa George was an avid outdoorsman, fisherman, duck hunter, gardener, cactus enthusiast, craftsman and collector. One of his treasured collections consisted of antique duck decoys. I know, not something most people think of when they think of collecting, but when you grow up in my family duck decoys are an everyday object. And I’ve come to learn some very interesting history about duck decoys (but I’ll skip the history lesson here.) The point is I finally realized, after noodling over it for about a year, that the shelves in our dining room would be a perfect display space for some of Grandpa George’s decoys! So, Dad pulled the collection out of the garage and let me choose (and dust off!) some beauties for our place.
In our dining room we have built-in cabinets and shelves on either side of the fireplace that have been in need of some attention. When we moved in the built-ins matched our very orange kitchen cabinets (that I can’t wait to paint!) To get an idea of what painting the kitchen cabinets would actually entail, I did a test drive on the built-ins. I sanded, primed and painted…and nine or ten weekends later, we had lovely white cabinetry. Yep, hiring someone to do the kitchen.
Here is my sand, prime, paint, decoy project:
Original color of cabinets (ugh).
Finally, white! Ah.
Those owls aren’t scared. Bring on the ducks!
Operation: Decoy Rescue
Right at home.
It means so much to me to have the decoys at home with us. They conjure wonderful memories of my Grandparent’s house, and I think Grandpa George would be pleased.
Tune is next time for a little bit of party planning…woohoo!