Often the most satisfying project is not to craft a new object, but to restore something old and worn-out.
This mini shelf was my birthday present when I turned 8 years old. My dad and younger brother built the shelf together out of scrap wood and painted it yellow, my favorite color. It was for me to display my rock collection.
When I was a child one of my favorite things to do was collect rocks. Actually collecting small treasures of all kinds, but especially rocks. Throughout my childhood I always kept my favorite rocks on the shelf.
I don’t know what happened to the rocks, but when I moved out of my parents’ house, I brought the shelf with me wherever I lived. I even hauled it around in my box truck for half a year. Somehow it survived the chaos and didn’t break.
Since we got married, Sung and I used the shelf to stores spices and seasonings in the kitchen. But eventually there are too many jars to fit comfortably. Some of the jars are too tall to fit in the shelves which made the kitchen look messy. I decided to return the shelf back to its original use.
So here’s what it looked like before:
And here it is all finished:
I’m happy with how it turned out! I tried to repaint it the original yellow shade but it ended up being brighter. I like it that way. Many of the little objects are things I’ve been collecting for years and storing in a shoebox. Now I can finally arrange them.
For the kitchen, I found this wooden shelf at Walmart. Finally it’s looking more organized.