My God is into transformations. He takes the old man and makes a new creation.
II Corinthians 5:17 says: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
I love to take old things and make a new life for it. Taking an old piece of furniture from a boring spot in a store or house and finding a new life for it gives me pleasure and satisfaction. I’m sure our Lord feels the same way when He sees change in us.
When we bought our home 3 years ago, we were taking on a boring house that was built as a spec home before the neighborhood really got built up. As the other homes started coming up, this house became the boring, plain one. So it stayed on the market for a long time because no one could see its potential. We got it for a good deal and began right away transforming it into a nice home.
One of the things that I thought was an eyesore was the fireplace.
First of all, look at that big hole in the wall. I’m sure it was created for that big t.v. that had that huge back to it. It has a cable socket and an electrical socket in there. You can also see that there is no mantle, not even just a board above the fireplace. My son the handyman and I decided that we needed to do something to this. I started looking for a board or mantle, and he was going to mount whatever I found. One day, I was in one of my favorite junk stores and found a great full mantle, already painted with blue chalk paint. I called my husband and said, “Hey, I found this great mantle for the fireplace. Can I get this for myself for Christmas?” His immediate reply was, “We have a fireplace?” To which I replied, “That’s my point! You don’t even notice it.” haha
Here is the final product:
I did the mantle 3 years ago. I just made the window decor that you see with an old window pane. That same favorite place of mine had about 50 window panes. I took measurements of that big gaping hole and found one to fit perfectly leaning against it. I backed it with burlap, and bought one of those sticker phrases about family. Voila!!
About to add some Thanksgiving stuff to it and already have an idea for my Christmas decorations with my new window.
Enjoy your time with family this coming Thanksgiving.