Thursday, December 3, 2009
We bought four of these oak chairs about 30 years ago. They were hanging on long, wooden pegs on a wall above head, in a small antique store. They were approximately 80 years old then. I acted like I wasn't overly interested so the store owner would reconsider the price, but my heart was beating fast. I was praying we could afford them. We could! We drove off with them sandwiched this way and that. You'd think we were carrying the crown jewels of England.
About ten years ago I painted them black. Yes, I did. After finding a fleur-de-lis I liked, I hand-painted all four chair backs, plus the other flourish (don't remember the name -- anyone know?).
These old chairs have moved with us several times through these years. Many, many friends and family have sat in them around our tables at holidays, card games, parties....
These chairs had history before we bought them, and now they have a long history with us.
Do you have a piece or set of furniture that has a special history in your family?