My Dad stumbled onto one of his collections completely by accident. Maybe we all do, someone starts it by giving you something and all of a sudden, people think you need more of them. This is what happened with my Dad’s model car collection. My Dad had always loved cars, even sold used cars for a while, but always talked about his first car and how much he loved it. So when this person (I don’t remember who) happened to see this particular car in model sized, he knew my Dad would love it. Cut to 30 years later and my Dad has a whole wall devoted to these models. So when he passed away, he willed these cars to his youngest grandson, my son – the Kid.
These weren’t ‘playing with’ cars, but show cars. So, they had to have a place of honor and be showcased yet not take over my house (or clash with my decorating style). So what better place than in the sports television room. Yes, I had to have a place where the men in my family could go and be comfy and watch sports and be loud and I could close the door and not be bothered!
So, we built shelves just deep enough to fit the cars and then horizontal shelves and varied them to be visually pleasing. Rounded all the corners and assembled them, and painted them the same white as all the trim in my house. Before putting them up, though, we wallpapered the wall behind it with maps from old atlas maps, to tie into the theme and to celebrate that my Dad was a long haul truck driver for over 20 years.
Then we went about putting the cars on the shelves. There are a few things related to cars, like a gas pump or two and a camper and obviously a truck or two. Dead center is a photo of my Dad in front of his first and favorite car.
I kind of goofed with the photos, because I didn’t take the top or bottom of the shelves, it actually goes all the way to the ceiling but there is a gap at the bottom and has ‘bun’ feet to make it look more like a piece of furniture. It really looks great. And of course, the bottom photo is a little out of focus. I might retake these at a later time and update the post.
So, February marks the second anniversary of my Dad’s passing. I miss him everyday. I hope he is up in heaven hanging with his brothers and his brother-in-law and some of his truck driving buddies and drinking a beer and having fun. I miss you Daddy, and love you.
It’s Friday and I am looking forward to completing a couple more projects this weekend. After I catch up on some sleep.
Happy Crafting y’all!