This spring I decided that it was time for a "burn" to get rid of the junk that had accumulated at the fire pit, to be burned someday said Handy Husband. Well the day had come. I kept throwing the odds and ends of wood from our reno into the fire, and the flames grew higher. Then low and behold what did I find buried under all that stuff but a battered and worn newel post that I am assuming came from the front porch of the original house. I was very excited. I had the perfect piece for a candle holder and it had been here the whole time. My son asked with some doubt "What are you going to do with that?" When I told him I had been looking for just this kind of thing, he said "I knew it was there the whole time"
A pressure wash, and a light coat of paint and then some sanding on the edges and I had the piece that I was looking for. Now I know I need a more colourful candle. Still looking for just the right size. Definitely a something from nothing piece and so glad that it was me going through the junk pile because if it had been anyone else I know it would have ended up in the fire.
I guess I need to have a family meeting to inform them of my crazy decorating projects from now on. They may know just where to find the stuff!