I have alot of inherited objects around my apartment. I think this is natural as I change from a student renter to a professional home owner. These things have mostly been donated by family and friends of family and I’m extremely grateful for their help in setting me up in those initial years away from home, it’s just that some things just aren’t me. But it’s not that there is anything wrong with them so I can’t bring myself to through them out. One of the things that has irked me most has been a blue cast iron trivet that sits on my kitchen counter beside the stove. It’s really useful but aged, and a bit ugly really due to its condition.
So I resolved to change it into a loved thing. I like the pattern and think it could be really cute if it was just shown a lick of metal paint. I had envisioned it a lovely pastel blue or green but apparently the metal paint manufacturers are of limited imagination and so you can only get in it dark dreary colours. I had to settle for a (slightly) chirpy spring green. So I scrubbed my sad old trivet with steel wool and set about giving it three coats of metal paint. And now I’m the owner of a much more respectable and happy trivet which I would not be ashamed to place on the dining table. However I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for those elusive pastel paints!