I wanted a copper accent for quite some time now. I was thinking that perhaps, a pendant would work but I was not budgeting for it. Well, I happily report, I think I scored again at Goodwill. Okay, maybe not “scored” (you’ll be the judge of that) but 3 dollars for all this awesome coppery decor, is a happy moment for me.
I found a vintage (looking) copper (plated) chafing dish slash fondue and immediately thought of not one, not two but, 10 ways to use it at home and none of them include cooking!
Last Saturday, the store was practically barren of furniture and decor. Its shelves looked like supermarket shelves after an announcement for imminent natural disaster. Perhaps they had some super cheap event earlier that day?
I turned to leave and as I was walking back the same route I had already passed and checked, I saw it. A shiny copper (copper-plated to be exact; but I found about that later) large fondue pot.
For a moment, I stood puzzled about how it magically appeared in the seconds it took me to walk by it for a second time. Then I checked the price tag and I did a double take: it was $6. And then, I noticed it was a grey price tag and grey tags were 50% off that day!
You know how sword’s in movies make that “swoosh” sound to demonstrate how fast they are moving? My copper accent made the same whooshing sound as I grabbed it in supersonic speed. After all, it was a substantial piece of decor and it only cost 3 dollars.
The girl at the register asked me what was I planning to cook in it, which caused me to go all “uhh..ehhh…”. Luckily, just before I said anything like “cooking? who, me?”, suggestions started coming in by other customers. I love spontaneous friendly moments like those. 🙂
A spinach and cheese fondue was the prevailing recipe idea. I countered with a typical chocolate and marshmallows one (quickly remembering what I had seen on pinterest) but, I am really game
trying having hubby make the spinach and cheese delicacy. It sounded delicious.
Truth is, this fondue set will primarily be decor
- I can use the whole set together in a kitchen corner or alone on a display table, for a whim of dreamy nostalgia with its vintage looks.
2. The little burner can be whimsical decor and fill-in piece on its own,
to compliment bigger compositions,
filled with a succulent (use 3), or with a short candle -that lid is like a built-in snuffer! – (use 4)
or even, as a jewelry box (use 5):
6. Either large – yet not too deep – bowl can be a planter for succulents or bulbs.
7. The same part (the lower bowl) can be reversed and wired to become a copper pendant light.
[no photo for that -let’s summon our powers of imagination]
8. The base is actually a fantastic plant stand (and very sturdy):
9. If you didn’t guess already, this set makes for fantastic photo props!
10. The deeper bowl is ideal for holding fruit.
I guess, it can also be used to make fondue. 🙂
Those 3 dollars were very well spent I think and they will go a long way decor wise. Even more so, than my previous goodwill score.
By the way, does anybody else think “Chocolate!” when you see the following image, or is it just me?
I am all questions, today! How do you feel about copper accents? Which use do you like the most? And what other use(s) do you see possible with this chafing dish?
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