I don’t think anyone would ever mistake me for a ‘girly-girl’. I would much rather sleep-in than bother blow drying and styling my hair in the morning, and while I do wear makeup to work, it’s limited to powder, eyeliner, blush and mascara. I have one perfume that I wear every day, and I generally wear the same limited jewellery – watch, pearl stud earrings, and my right hand ring that I bought myself after landing my first ‘real’ job.
Having said all that, the storage requirements for my limited girl-stuff is quite small. I use the drawer in the shelf I built in my bathroom for my makeup, and I keep my jewellery and perfume in my room atop my dresser (even I know you shouldn’t keep perfume in a hot and humid bathroom).
This system worked fine for years until I got the brilliant idea to upgrade my dresser from my childhood Ikea dresser to the vintage wood dresser I refinished early this year. What was I thinking? I spend so long working on that dresser that when I went to go put my perfume atop my dresser couldn’t do it. What happened if the perfume leaked? As most perfumes contain alcohol it might damage the carefully applied finish that I laboured over for hours. So, the perfume and jewellery ended up sitting on my window sill for months while I tried to figure out what else to do.
After a while I realised that the perfect solution was to find a cute silver tray of some sort that I could put on top of my dresser to protect its surface and then I could put my perfume on that. Over the next few months, whenever I visited a thrift store I paid extra special attention to the section that contained trays, but I had very little luck. On occasion I’d find something that had potential, but nothing that screamed ‘buy me – I’m perfect!’
A few weeks ago I was rummaging around in a cabinet I don’t go into very frequently, and I found this: Yup, that’s right. I already owned the perfect silver tray. I inherited this little set when my parents sold my childhood home, and moved across the country. It’s not a family heirloom – my mom bought it at a thrift store.
A bit of elbow grease later, and it looked like this:
So here it sits, atop my dresser keeping my perfume and jewellery corralled.
Have you recently discovered something in your home that you forgot you had? Have you put it to good use?