Growing up, my Dad was always fixing or MacGyver’ing something to save a dollar.
He’s raised me to believe being wasteful and over spending is a bad thing. Time and again, Dad has proven that anything is possible if you combine a little elbow grease with a dash of creativity.
Truth be told, as a young girl, I was embarrassed by his thriftiness.
I would hide in the back seat of the car while he browsed yard sales. My favorite hiding place in thrift stores was smack dab in the middle of those round racks of used clothes.
What I didn’t understand; it wasn’t purely out of necessity. It was more about his desire to create, build and repair and feel proud of his accomplishments.
Little did I know, watching my Dad salvage parts at junk yards, thrift stores or yard sales (and then somehow putting it all together to make it work) would eventually rub off on me.
Salvaging, repurposing and restyling has become my passion – my business – my fun! And somewhere down the line, my embarrassment turned into gratitude.
So what does all this have to do with a plain ‘ol dresser?
This dresser was so plain, it took a little more thought to restyle. I originally wanted to spruce-up this piece with stripes. That plan went nowhere. All of you on Facebook agreed – “NO” to the stripes. Thanks for chiming in, I appreciate your input!
I was wracking my brain trying to think of how to give this piece some unique character.
Then it came to me.
A few months back, I was driving my Dad to one of his appointments. On route we spotted and old dresser with a shapely backboard hanging off it. The dresser was in horrible shape. But we stopped to grab the backboard. We were excited that it could be used one day.
This curb-shop excursion made my Dad super happy. Hey – no more hiding in the backseat… and his daughter has figured out how to do some MacGyver’ing of her own! 😉
I love the finished look of this dresser and I’m truly grateful for my small find.
Not only because it finishes off this dresser perfectly, but also because it makes me realize how important it is to appreciate all things big and small. I’m super grateful for my Dad and all the thrifty-creative lessons he’s taught me. It’s who I am, who I’ve become, and I have so much fun with it. Sure, I could go buy new, but just like Dad, it gives me a true sense of accomplishment and satisfaction to create something new out of something old.
Even though my Dad is not able to fix and MacGyver as many things these days, in my eyes, he’s still the ultimate handyman that can FIX ANYTHING!
What are you grateful for? Are you appreciating your blessings- big and small? I’d love to hear what you think of this dresser and any other questions or comments you have… so feel free to chime in below.
Have an amazing day!
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