Growing up, my mom always had a shelf of little things.
Using a type set drawer hung on the wall, my mom would fill the compartments with various treasures and trinkets.
As a young adult, I bought my own drawer and followed suit.
Originally, my drawer was natural wood. In my mid 20's, I painted it orange. In my 30's, it was chocolate brown. Now in my 40's it finally occurred to me it didn't have to be a solid color.
Using only the paints I had (which was a mix of $.99 craft paint to lovely Golden liquid acrylic) I went for it. I love it so much, I shan't be filling it back up with little things...for now.
Just in case you aren't familiar with a type set draw, they were used back in the olden days before computers, before typewriters. The thin, flat drawers held all the type set used in printing.
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