It can be difficult to put two stubborn people together and make a marriage work (strong willed would sound so much nicer than stubborn but let’s be real). Especially when you both thought the one you were marrying was nothing but wonderful and accommodating and perfect in every way. Okay, maybe you never thought he was perfect, but “purtin’ near,” as my dad would always say.
Everything is great in the beginning, until the day comes when you realize your spouse has some flaws, and you try to fix those flaws with all your might, but fail. Why? Because,
Now Mr. OTN and I have some pretty big flaws that we’ve overcome (thank the Lord), but we are still a huge work in progress as we are being made perfect – or – “being transformed from glory-to-glory” 😉
One of Mr. OTN’s flaws, or maybe it’s more of a quirk, is his strange affinity for ugly old trunks.
We can go into any antique store, even those filled with exquisite treasures, and his eye will be drawn to the ugly trunk in the corner. What is that?
Gleaming crystal decanters, shining silver trays, elegant chandeliers dripping with bling, and he goes for the old trunk.
This is the latest trunk he fell for, and I’ll admit it was in pretty decent shape compared to some he’s collected in the past. Such good shape, in fact, that I agreed that we could buy it for our den.
It would be great. After a little makeover of course.
I had in mind the idea of painting it all one color (leather, wood, and metal), a nice creamy ivory. I had the perfect inspiration piece I’d pinned to Pinterest. But, as with most furniture pieces I paint, it told me what color it should be.
I started with a layer of a random gray paint, a sample I had in my garage, over which I did a color wash of white. At that point I couldn’t quite bring myself to paint over the rich colored wood or the metal hardware, because the trunk simply wouldn’t let me. Sheesh, was I getting as caught up in this old trunk as the hubs?
I stopped midway through the makeover when we decided to put our home on the market and I needed to start working on staging to sell. So the trunk, I knew by now that “it” was a “she,” sat on the screened porch for the next couple of months. Every time I passed her by I would consider what color I would use to finish her up, and she would whisper to me, “Let me be.”
That’s when I really began looking at her and saw that the two colors I’d used on her had a slight blue tinge, and the wooden strips a nice warm hue, and the black metal? Well, it was kind of rusty but I could see how it could be freshened up.
Mr. OTN won, the trunk won, and in the end I won, because after adding a little more stain to the wood and painting over the metal hardware with black Rustoleum, I brought her inside. And the look of her made me happy.
Now, since I told you about Mr. OTN’s flaw, it’s only fair that I share with you a flaw of my own. That flaw would be – questioning his wisdom (from time to time) and having a hard time admitting that he was right in the first place. Stubborn indeed.
The moral of this story is: Choose to take a second look at your (flawed) loved ones ideas and you’ll be the winner every time!
Have a blessed Tuesday my friends,
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