One problem with thrift store shopping is that so many things are broken or dirty and disgusting, and it can be hard to see the hidden potential. Sometimes, celebrating the imperfections and brokenness is the best way to tackle a makeover. Such was the case with this broken decorative column.
As you can see, chunks of plaster were missing from the corners of the column, which is probably why it was donated to the thrift store, rejected and alone. I tend to gravitate toward the rejected.
I gave it a similar look to the candle stands from a few weeks ago: I used a white spray primer over the whole thing, then added the trusty old brown glaze, smooshing and wiping it on and back off until I got the look I wanted. The rough broken areas absorbed more glaze, making them look intentional. Sort of. Think Roman ruins.
A couple of coats of clear spray varnish protect the finish.
Everything looks better with a little chocolate, right?
Brokenness isn’t always a negative- it can add character and interest. While I don’t always have the ability to fix broken items, we can be sure that God can heal the brokenhearted and bind up our wounds. Psalm 147:3
And He makes us stronger in the process. “After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10.
Have you decided to embrace the imperfections on any of your projects? What about with the people in your life? Do tell- let’s encourage one another.