Look Past the Broken Parts and See the Potential

***Originally posted on anotherjoproject.com.***

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I see such potential in items that often go unnoticed. These roughed up make-over candidates are just like people to me. Their beauty is covered by the wear and tear from the years they have survived, and their youthful shine long gone. But if you are willing to look closer, to put in a little time, to see past the imperfections that mar the surface, you may find that they are not as broken as they initially seemed.

not broken2This is another window I recently added. I almost went right past it because some glass was missing, and there was a large crack traversing one of the panes. Thankfully I gave it another look and recognized the beauty beyond the cracks and the grime.

Once more I added shelf brackets to reinforce to strength of the old frame and to diminish the distraction of the missing glass in the corner. I also screwed a fun little bird wall hanger into the top of the frame so I could add a wreath. Simple wreaths are very easy to make, and they can add a nice finished feel if you have the sense that there is too much bare visual space in the layout.not broken3


Look for potential beneath the dust, the possibility beyond the years. It’s surprising how often the most unnoticeable of items are often anything but lackluster nor are they really broken. Celebrate the years and recognize the character and personality that they can bring to your walls and your life.  🙂

Best to you always.  Jo


19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. derrickjknight
    May 31, 2018 @ 02:56:24

    Marvellous approach. We’d never have bought our house if we hadn’t seen through the bodged DIY and filth 🙂


  2. José María López
    May 31, 2018 @ 06:10:53

    I loved it. You have the same philosophy as traditional Japanese people. They value the beauty of the scars; when an object is broken they repair it and consider it even more valuable because its scars make it unique and historic. The technique they use to repair is called Kintsugi, maybe you have already heard of it. If not, check it, you are going to love it.


  3. José María López
    May 31, 2018 @ 06:35:43

    I´m not sure what they use. I have only seen the results but not the process. But what really matters to me is the phisolophy behind. That´s what I find the most interesting. My older sister loves this kind of stuff. She is always painting something or even doing carpentry. She has machinery that I don´t even know what it is used for.


    • Jo Price
      Jun 05, 2018 @ 05:11:48

      I was totally teasing when I made that comment. I highly doubt that the Japanese use my rough techniques. 😉 And it sounds like your sister and I could share workshops! 🙂


  4. José María López
    May 31, 2018 @ 06:37:50

    You´re a true artist!!


  5. overthehillontheyellowbrickroad
    May 31, 2018 @ 07:45:46

    I love this look as well. I’m also really into dried flowers to add to it.


    • Jo Price
      Jun 05, 2018 @ 05:13:33

      I just hung up a handful of.hydrangeas yesterday afternoon. I need to find a way to expedite that drying process. The whole “waiting” and “having patience” isn’t really my thing. 😉


  6. LA
    May 31, 2018 @ 08:47:38

    Love! I was thinking of you this morning….reading a book called “why mommy drinks” (no reflection on you or I) and the writing style totally reminded me of you…I checked three times to make sure the author really is British…if you have time (stop laughing…some people have free time) check it out! Xixoxo


  7. I tripped over a stone.
    May 31, 2018 @ 10:05:27

    Yes! Love this. Message received! (beautiful projects, Jo!)~Kim


  8. Inside The Rainbow
    May 31, 2018 @ 10:11:12

    I love your style, Jo – very creative. 🙂 x


  9. Emmanuel Aginam
    Jun 08, 2018 @ 10:59:22

    This is a nice approach and artistic as well.
    You can check my article on this via https://wordpress.com/post/emmanuellove356165818.wordpress.com/40


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