My penchant for collecting ‘just-about-everything-under-the-sun’ to satiate my creative urges has had the entire family going bonkers!
‘Gangarams’ on MG Road, Bangalore, ‘Venus Traders’ and ‘Tulsi Baug’ in Pune, ‘Crawford’ in Mumbai, ‘Staples’ in GIP-Noida, ‘Sita Ram’ and ‘Yash’ in South Ex. New Delhi, ‘Thukral Brothers’ in Karol Bagh and Chawri Bazaar in Delhi; these are my all time favourite haunts! I visit them as often as I can or I ensure my hubby dearest visits them (with my lists) when he tours. That’s how addicted I am! By the way I haven’t revealed all of them!
All rooms, in all of our previous homes (there were many) always had a stolen corner or a place where I would stash my art & craft supplies, DIY tools, handmade paper etc; be it my husband’s almirah, my children’s wardrobe, study room cabinets, living room bureau, Kitchen storeroom…the list is endless! Needless to say my own wardrobe and dresser! Thank God for my family’s tremendous resilience to put up with my hobbies!
The biggest trouble has always been, storing my huge collection of handmade sheets and craft paper (all 3’ X 2’ in size). I could never bring myself to roll them up for storage. Can you guess how have I been storing it (‘flat’ of course!) till now? I used to place heaps of sheets under the mattresses of all the beds, in all the three bedrooms! At times I wonder why hasn’t my family disowned me till now?!
Anyhow, having given you the entire story about my ‘eccentricities’ and the discomfort that I had been causing (for so many years), to my family; my earnest desire was to own customized storage furniture/unit for my various collections; especially, for my handmade paper collection. I had in mind, a 3.10’ X 2.10’, 14” high and 6” deep coffee table to store my paper collection (to store them ‘flat’ of course!). My hubby quickly drew a rough sketch of the coffee table and that first sketch was exactly what I wanted! You will soon know why I call it- My “Treasured’ Coffee Table!
The idea of re-purposing the old kitchen cabinets (the coffee table’s dimensions fit the idea) was stuck in my head; Hubby dearest sawed out the best, two, pieces from the old cabinets (the old pantry doors). Our carpenter was happy to make the coffee table of my dreams!
A teak veneer was used to cover the old cabinetry ply boards aka the “Hardworking” Coffee Table! It was polished and buffed from the outside; inside out you will see the memories of the old kitchen.
Finally, I own a ‘storeroom’ that sits pretty in the center of our living room! I am in love with my Coffee Table! Not because it holds my precious treasure but also because I could re use the old cabinets.