We cut with scissors, knives, ripped, tore and shredded and well this became a family project.
I even had the oldest grandgirl and my friend Janice's grandson hard at work trying to help me to expose the wood that I knew SISTER GIRL had somewhere....underneath all that billion-zillion pieces of padding.
They actually thought it was fun but I was about to use SISTER GIRL for firewood!
Raygen was getting down to the last 1000th piece of padding here. But bless her heart..she is a very determined young girl.
When we got down to the wood the original sticker was hanging on by a thread and when touched it basically fell apart.
Then Sister Girl was finally revealed and my first thought was "Well Ain't You About Ugly! However, I knew she could become something beautiful...she just needed a little TLC!
The next round of fun began with trying to get the billion-zillion NAILS out of Sister Girl. I wish I had one dollar for every nail that was pulled out. She was one tough gal.
Yes, I had my man, my grandson and my fatherinlove at work pulling nails! At one point my man said, "Cindy, is this ironing board WORTH ALL THIS WORK? Several hoursssssss of work went into this project but I knew it was going to be worth the time and effort. Any person that loves and admires (OLD STUFF) as my grands call it knows it isn't the value of things such as this but it's the true depth of it's beauty that is hidden. Wouldn't you just love to talk to the women that has ironed on this old ironing board?
The work was almost finished...or at least the hard part of it anyway. Sister Girl was beginning to shine through all those many years of padding and nails. NO...she wasn't a pretty site at first but I knew she was beautiful underneath all that padding, dust, dirt, and years of ironing...I just had to find her.
The sanding began. There seemed to be some rough spots along the way but nothing that a good sanding wouldn't take care.
She was beginning to take life at this point. I could see the real wood now! I finally could see her real beauty begin to peek out.
She just needed a little shine added to her. What woman doesn't like to be pampered and loved on?
So I decided that Sister Girl needed a good dose of some polyurethane. I began to paint on one coat at a time.
She was coming to life slowly but surely.
It seemed that she just soaked up that first coat. She still didn't have that shine I knew that she could have so round two was next.
Awe....what began with a rough start was beginning to pay off by the 2nd coat. Sister Girl was beginning to look like she would make it at this point!
AND THEN.............ONE LAST COAT WENT ON HER AND THE TRANSFORMATION TOOK PLACE!
That antique, wore out, zillion-billion layers of padding, and 5000 nails of an ironing board was BEAUTIFUL!
She found her way back to LIFE!
You know, I just can't help but think about how God can take a sinner such as myself and do a remarkable transformation in my life. I am nothing more than a sinner saved by grace through faith in Christ. To think that when He looked at me with all my imperfections, my flaws, my wrongdoings, and my sinful nature that He said, "SHE IS WORTH IT" is more than anyone else would have ever done for me.
HE CHOSE ME and it wasn't anything that I had done to deserve Him I can assure you. It wasn't anything that I had worked for. It was just a simple act of accepting Him as my Lord and Savior that made me different. How I praise Him that looked beyond my beyond and HE SAW THE BEAUTY OF MY HEART!
The Word tells us in 1st Samuel 16:7 that
The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
I am so thankful that I was WORTH His TIME and His EFFORT!
Joining Beyond the Picket Fence at http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/
for her Vintage Inspiration party.