Thursday, September 6, 2012

Making history...

As most of you know, I paint furniture, to make it look old....
In fact many of you paint furniture, to make it old and new....but all of us like to let a bit of history come through...because it tells a story.
Today, I was washing our dining table off to get ready for our Joint birthday party...with three birthdays in one month, a week apart, that seems like a great idea....
But, while washing the table I noticed its history....
It tells stories of the passing years....
Here is a scrape down to the raw wood, from where Mr. M used tape for one of his mailings when he did hundreds of mailings....
These fuzzy dots (sorry about the picture) are bits of glitter when the girls and their cousin dyed Easter eggs using that glitter stuff....and yes, we had covered the table....but....
These dots are recent...they are chalk paint...and yes, I used a drop cloth, but it must have splattered. Proof that chalk paint sticks to anything, including marine varnish!
The table has all kinds of scrapes, dents, dings and history written all over it....
It is where the kids did their homework. It's where I make my lists. It is where I lay out fabric and design table runners, quilts and other sewing....
It is where we gather, for joint birthdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas...
It's where the milk spilled down through the separation and stained the support underneath....
The table came from a co-worker of my Husband's when they got a new table and we had just a tiny table, that was about 30 years ago. We stripped it all those years ago to show a lighter color, but didn't strip the leaves, so when we add a leaf, it is a dark stripe.
The table definitely tells a story of a family growing up around it and of all the years that have passed, and although it isn't the table of my dreams, I love it's story.
So, when we all recreate an old piece of furniture, be sure to let part of its history show through, at least a little, so future generations will have a story to tell.
Here is to future parties and stories...
Have a great day....
Nancy

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