BEFORE & AFTER: AN UNUSUAL PAIR
What makes a good pair, a good couple? Emily Bronte in Wuthering Heights says, “He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” It is likeness and difference at the same time that completes the circle and secures the bond.
I found this pair the last day of Spring Brimfield. There are pluses and minuses to shopping the last day. Arguably the whole place has been picked over. The first day is like when the Thanksgiving Turkey comes out of the oven. It is plump, fresh, delicatiable, everyone wants a piece. The last day is the pickings. The bird is down to the bone and well it takes an expert to find any white meat. Bawk Bawk!
If you have a van and arm strength that can schelp a piece of furniture back to your vechicle you are in the cat bird’s seat. No longer are you the turkey but the cat that hunts it. You can offer a deal to a vendor that bases on carting the furniture home ALONE they can’t refuse.
That is how I came to purchase, own and tweak the tables I found at Brimfield. I put out an offer the dealer couldn’t refuse. The two tables which are awesome in size, shape, color and function came home with me. A new journey and new beginning made me think that I wanted them to look a little bit different.
I started the stripping with one. I loved the original color but also love what lays beneath. Sometimes it is nice to see layers. I think it adds to the story. Other times the story is so old, you just straight lacquer paint.
When of a pair, changes and new layers are revealed, you can only hope that the partner changes too. You want things that belong together to evolve and change together. If they have been together long enough, weathered the same storms and came out into the smooth sunset together, there is an excellent chance that they will morph and when they change, they will change together and still appear as a pair. That happened
When you are you are a good pair, you are a like and different. A good pair is priceless. Like Bonnie & Clyde and if they are really perfect together. They can make you money and they can make you smile.
The perfect pair goes into the before together and comes out stronger together in the after. It is layers deep. . I like how completely together these two end tables are and yet how different they are. Mounted to the wall on either side of the bed is how I see this pair. I see a loving couple sharing that experience. They are both the same and different.