I both love and hate buying pieces with a history.
The man from whom we purchased the set was selling it because it didn’t fit in his new house, but he had held onto it for a while because it was passed down from his grandmother’s brother who imported it from Mexico. It needed work, which is how we got it for a steal, but he seemed very concerned that it would go to a good home where it would be fixed up.
I love knowing the story behind the pieces I acquire, because it’s just so fun to feel a connection with the past as I’m working with each piece.
Why do I hate buying pieces with a history? Because now I feel bad for buying a family heirloom on the cheap and trying to flip it…
Although I did put quite a bit of work into the table today.
It had an enormous white burn mark on the table top, but I was able to use my tried and true method – Howard’s Restor-A-Finish* (in dark walnut) and 000 steel wool* – and the marks were almost completely erased! *denotes affiliate link
And now try to spot them in the after’s… Hint: you can’t!
(By the way, I really dislike that pukey green accent wall in general, but it doesn’t look half bad contrasted with the chair’s orange velvet upholstery. Also note the bare drywall ceilings still awaiting finishing.)
Look at those fabulous pedestals! The carved details on these are stunning!
I just can’t believe this set.
I am dying to reupholster the chairs in a neutral linen-like fabric (drop cloth canvas?) because I know it would make them out of this world and it would be possibly the most gorgeous dining set ever… but I’ve promised Bryan not to undertake any more projects. I’ll have to let someone else run wild with vision and imagination!