Sleek, new furniture pieces sit on the showroom floor to absorb the attention of potential buyers, but it’s the broken furniture on the side of the road that will never catch a second glance. Fortunately, brokenness is not something God rejects but embraces so He can make us whole and new again.
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On the way home one night, I saw a very tall object on the curb of a neighbor’s house. In my rear view, I realized it was a large piece of furniture someone was throwing out. We were almost home, but I had to have another look.
We circled around to find a dingy oak china cabinet. Several of the doors were broken, it was dirty and even had water damage at the bottom. In spite of it’s orange stain, outdated molding and horrible smell, I saw potential in that old piece. It was just begging me to take it home and make it new again.
So, I did what any good southern girl without a truck would do…I called my daddy. Somehow my husband and dad wielded the six foot monstrosity into our garage that night. I was determined to save it from its ‘impending doom’ upon trash pickup the next morning. Of course, they thought I was crazy for wanting to save it, but it already had a place in my heart and home.
So the process began…
I surveyed the damage, dusted it off and cleaned it up. I was even lucky enough to find an old mouse trap in the top (fortunately it was empty). My dad rebuilt the broken doors, I ripped off some of the molding to replace with new and I restored one of the shelves inside.
After extensive sanding (almost as much as the Blue Writing Desk), a layer of heavy-duty primer, several coats of paint and multiple tubes of caulk, it now sits in my dining room as a permanent fixture in our home. I’ve never had a china cabinet before and I am so pleased with how it turned out. It brings me joy to think about it’s transformation.
More importantly, the china cabinet serves as a reminder of how far I have come.
In the same way, God also saw me in the darkness. He saw that I was dirty, broken, and in a state of disrepair. But that didn’t stop Him.
God never needs to take a second glance at your brokenness because He has never taken His eyes off you since the beginning.
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Through no effort of my own, He delivered me from my sin and certain destruction through Christ’s death and resurrection. Upon accepting Christ as my Savior, my eternal status is secure with Him and I have a permanent place in His heart and home. Now, He is “renovating” me to be more and more like Him every day.
God has had to clean me up, release me from my baggage, repair my brokenness and He continues sanding my rough edges to make them smooth. Fortunately, God never leaves a project half-done…He continually works on each one of us, shaping us to be a useful tool for Him to use.
That’s what the Christian life is. It is a process of transformation that can only be done by His Hands. We all have areas where we need work – whether it is anxiety, overeating, insecurity, or pride. The world never gives our brokenness a second look. However, God wants to renovate our hearts and minds by taking our brokenness and turning it into something beautiful.
Most home improvement projects are messy and can take longer than we previously thought. You might even uncover issues that you weren’t previously aware of and you may need to make several calls for help. However, at the end of the project, the results are breath-taking and the struggle is behind you. You have replaced this hang-up with new habits and the results are amazing. You might even ask yourself “Why didn’t I tackle this sooner?”
That’s why I have entitled the blog Renovated Faith…
The Lord wants to help you take off your old self and put on your new self.
You take off the lies and put on the truth.
You take off your cultural perspective and put on a biblical perspective.
You take off what you learned growing up and put on what the Bible says about your situation.
Once you come to know Christ as your Savior, that is just the beginning. You have a whole new life ahead of you. God still has a lot of refinishing work to do on me and I invite you to join me on this journey as He gives us a makeover from the inside out.
“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19
China Cabinet Restoration – The Process
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- Dust off with a damp wrap and remove all hardware. Replace any molding that is out of date.
- Start sanding. If you don’t have a palm sander, it is well worth your money. I have used it on countless projects and it’s my favorite tool!
- I’ve used several of Zinsser’s primers and decided on the Zinsser Bullseye 123 Waterproof Primer. It has great adhesion, cleans up easily, low odor and settles well into cracks, which is great for old oak furniture. Also, it only takes an hour to dry before your next coat.
- I used Behr Premium Plus white in Satin. It took me 2 good coats and then some touch ups. I painted the inside back in Behr Sonata in Satin to give my white plates some contrast.
- I spray painted the hinges using Rustoleum’s Universal Metallic in Oil-Rubbed Bronze. It is the best oil-rubbed bronze spray paint on the market and so durable that I just used it to spray paint my metal shower frame.
- I also bought some additional knobs to use here.
- Caulk any cracks and replace hardware (I like Dap caulk).
- Add some LED lighting so your china really pops.
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