Last week I shared with you this incredible vintage buffet I found for $20. I am completely in love with its beauty and storage and it is the perfect piece for my home. Since finding this piece, my intent was always to keep it and I wanted to do something extra special with it.
I had recently spent some time with my Mom looking through trunks and boxes of things that belong to my grandparents, great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents. While we were carefully and reverently going through the items, we found quite a few letters from and to each of them. As I was looking through the letters my grandmother had kept and how old they were, I knew I wanted to preserve them. Even if only a few.
I have always been very keen to know everything about my heritage and these letters were a very special piece of the puzzle.
I can just imagine my grandmother longingly waiting for the postman, hoping there would be news from her family. Once the weekly letter arrived, she would have taken it to her garden, to sit quietly with the birds, and savour each word.
Saving the letters
To allow me to keep these letters close and cherish them, I thought having them as part of the vintage buffet would be lovely. The buffet has one long drawer and it was perfect to line with the letters. I mixed up some Country Chic Image Transfer medium with a little water (I find it a little thick). Working in small areas, I brushed on some of the glue…and then laid the letters, envelopes and cards on top. I filled them in like a puzzle; carefully choosing something from each person. Once the decoupaging was done and the Image Transfer Medium was fully dry, I brushed on another layer over top of everything to seal it. This vintage buffet had already captured my heart but now, seeing those letters every time I open the drawer makes it priceless.