My husband was adopted by his grandparents as a baby. He never thought of them as anything other than his parents. They were loving and kind and made him the man that he is today: loyal, loving, strong (and strong-willed!), and just a good, good man. One thing that his parents never had was money. They were very simple people of simple means. Everything they had as far as furniture was handed down from family or gifts from neighbors and friends.
My husband's mother ran a large daycare from her home from the 1950's until the early '70's. She even kept two generations from some families. She used a dry sink as her changing table. I can't even imagine how many babies were changed on this piece, but we love knowing it's history. The piece is very worn on the top, but the rest of the piece is very rough finished and I can't keep the dust from embedding itself to the finish. So, time for an overhaul. I hope to have it's reveal ready very soon. We are keeping it black and I have bought some lovely bronze hardware for it. I wish we could have salvaged the original pulls because they were ornate, but delicate and had torn and some pieces were completely broken off.
UPDATE: She's all painted, see below! Love it! Will love it more if the hubby finds hinges to fit it, otherwise we will have to spray paint what we already have. He's adamant, though, about finding some. In the meantime, I will have to adore her without her doors on. Still looks good and glad we painted the inside!
|Check the well-worn top. It was sooooo loved by many a babies bottom!|
|Lots of scratches on the doors from Nana's chihuahuas.|
|Some extra love with Gorilla Glue and a brace.|
|Still Rustic. Would have been sad if it wasn't. Maybe some folks |
want their antiques to look new, but I want their life to show.
The second piece that is waiting for its overhaul was in our attic for years. Honestly, when I first saw it, I thought it was ugly, yet funky. I didn't see it's beauty, 'cause I was stoooopid. How could I have missed its potential? It was also inherited from my husband's family. Honestly, there was so little that they owned that we kept anything that wasn't broken. Luckily I at least had enough sense not to sit it out by the road for someone else to snatch up! I am trying to find some info on it, but I have been unable to so far. Look at that French style footboard. CRAZY beautiful. I have a feeling it is going to take a while to get this girl ready to be painted, but I am fine with that. Just wish my husband would let me go with pale pink or the palest aqua, but I believe we will stick with standard off-white, but put a nice warm glaze on it to bring out the details, especially those medallions. They are just unbelievable. Thank goodness my husband remembered it was up in the back scary part of our attic!
|Look at her beautiful curved French style footboard. Ooooh LaLa!|
|Check out this SWEET cameo medallion! Four of them on the bed!|
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