This story begins in 1941 when my mom’s family farm house burned down.
Now bear in mind that my mom loves antiques and vintage furniture~ but she has nEVer liked this piece.
HATES it—to be more clear. Couldn’t believe I would want it as we emptied Grandma’s house for sale (to a cousin). *She thinks it’s haunting her and she can’t shake it loose.
I was going to put it in HER room at my house in Chandler until hearing her mANy complaints. It went in the 3rd bedroom instead. This was all in 2002.
The picture above was at the time of packing to leave Arizona—I can’t seem to find any pictures from before I painted it gold. The caned bench is not original, it was another something Grandma found back in ’41.
I was thinking it would become another piece I’d let go of.
It was off-loaded from the truck and jammed in the garage with SO MANY other projects. My plate was full and I couldn’t give it my absoLUTE focus, so I worked on it a little here~a little there. As the project began to take shape, I noticed mom actually starting to give it some POSITIVE attention. Huh-??
plugging away with each chance I found,
it is at last finished, and
SHE LIKES IT!
So do I. And that made it harder to let it go.
We shifted some furniture around upstairs and installed it in the alcove. It’s a keeper!
I used the same Wickham Gray and Alabaster White from My Great Aunties’ Dresser.
I let a little of the gold pop through and changed the hardware.
And oh, dear Lord~ did we have some fun getting it up the stairs. Oy.
Here it is in the alcove….
Yes, yes, I stiLL have work to do upstairs….
the weather finally got nice~
I was beckoned outside! ; D
I’m sharing this project with a few favorite linky parties!