Our History in Antiques

When my husband and I were first married, we owned very little in the way of furniture. We married the summer we graduated from college and all we had was a newly minted degree, new jobs, clothing and some college debt. Luckily, my husband’s sister married only a few months after us and she was kind enough to give us some of the furniture she no longer needed when she consolidated households with her husband.

It wasn’t long, before we began shopping for a few pieces of furniture to round out what we had been gifted and we found we had a love of antiques. And, surprisingly, we found that if we were willing to really search, we could find some great deals on these antiques. Even better, once we purchased our century old home, our antiques fit the style of the house really well.

What I love even more about the antiques that we’ve purchased over the years is that each one has a story to tell. Their stories consist of the time period in which they were made, the former homes they lived in and of course, the story of how and where we found them. Oh, we’ve had some great fun finding or rescuing these lovely old pieces and I thought I would share some of these finds and stories with you today and in a few future posts.

First up is our side-by-side.

This lovely old oak piece was bought from a friend for $30. It was a family piece that she inherited from her grandparents and she hated it. (Horrors – can you imaging hating this?) Of course, it was not in this good of shape when we bought it. Our friend had stored it in her damp basement and the wood was warped and the decorative veneer was lifting. The rounded glass was missing from the door and the door was hanging off its hinges. Paul spent a great deal of time repairing this piece to its former beauty and really did a great job. Over 25 years later and this beauty is still going strong.

The next piece,  one that I really love, is not an antique but a reproduction of an antique that we’ve owned for a quarter of century. (The way I see it, maybe if we own it long enough, it will become a valuable antique. One can only hope!) It’s an elaborately carved reproduction Chippendale  mirror. And it makes a lovely statement hanging between two floral arrangements above the wainscotting in our living room. We found this one sunny Saturday as we scoured an antique store several towns away from ours.

 Next up is another inexpensive find that needed a lot of work. Paul found this couch advertised in a local paper for $25. When he went to see it, it was in horrible shape with bad fabric, popped springs and sagging cushions. Seeing that the wood was in good shape and the lines of the couch were very pretty, he bought it anyhow. He refinished the wood and turned it over to a  re-upholsterer to work his magic and now it is a lovely beauty in our formal living room.

Directly across from our re-upholstered inexpensive find of a couch is the last piece I’ll share today and another antique we had upholstered. Unfortunately, this one was not such a great deal price-wise. We paid quite a bit more for it, but we just loved its Victorian lines. I’ve always been a sucker for over the top carving  and ornamentation in wood and this loveseat was no exception.  While its wood was in great shape and needed no work, the fabric was not and needed redone. In case you’ve never had anything reupholstered and always wondered what it cost, let me just tell you, it’s no cheaper than buying a new couch, but when done well, it can last for a long time.

Isn’t this lady a beauty? We found her in the same antique store we bought the reproduction Chippendale mirror in. Don’t they look like they go together?

Thanks for indulging me in my trip down memory lane. I’ll share more in the future so please stop back again soon.

Cathy

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