Antique painted chair: Part of a lake cottage...and a family

Hello!  Thanksgiving is....tomorrow!?  Today's post is fitting for the "Giving Thanks" theme, because it is about an antique chair that has some family history!   The chair came with the purchase of a beautiful lake cottage, back in the late 70's. The cottage and all the things inside it hold meaning to its owner, Dierdre, and her family.  

Today, after years of use, the chair needs a facelift.   Here is a picture of the chair BEFORE: 

A very cool chair with good bones, and solid wood, but the wear and tear over the years got the best of it!  See all the large areas of chipped paint in the front section, beneath the seat?  

A very cool chair with good bones, and solid wood, but the wear and tear over the years got the best of it!  See all the large areas of chipped paint in the front section, beneath the seat?  

I emailed Deirdre a few questions about the piece, because I love learning stories behind family pieces, and sharing those stories with you!   Here is what Deidre shared: 

1. What is the history behind the chair? 

"The chair came with the cottage, when we bought it in 1979.  We bought all the contents because there were so many wonderful antique pieces that we loved.  This chair is one of them"

2.  Why did you decide to have your chair painted? 

"The chair needed to be repainted because it was chipped from years of kids and grand kids use over the years.  I also decided to move it to a different location and the green didn't work there, so repainting seemed like the right thing to do."

"One of the themes in the cottage is rosemaling.  All the beds were painted that way along with several other pieces.  So I wasn't afraid to paint furniture as opposed to having it refinished."

I looked up "rosemaling" and here's what I found: 

Rosemaling is the name of a traditional form of folk art.  It is a style of Norwegian decorative painting on wood that uses stylized flower ornamentation, scroll work, lining and geometric elements.  Norwegian immigrants brought the art of rosemaling to the United States.

Giving Thanks

Owning a unique piece of history is definitely something to be thankful for.  A piece that has been in the family for years, is such a cool thing.  I was happy to give this chair a smooth, new finish.  Some day it might be re-painted, but for now, it is in great shape and looking good.  No more chips, a new color.....and ready for another 37+ years!     

Thank you, Deirdre, for entrusting me to this great chair.  I hope you like the new color, and enjoy it for many more years to come!

Do you have a piece of furniture that holds meaning to you, or your family?  These pieces are great reminders of where we've come from. They can stir feelings of nostalgia, memories of a particular family member that has gone before us, and even specific childhood encounters or events. 

In any case, I believe in giving pieces like this a little "make-over", so they can live on in our lives, and the lives of our children.....and grandchildren.   

Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday! 

-Kate 

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