Saturday, June 22, 2019

Why The Bench Didn't Get Painted

The hall bench was going to get painted in THIS post a short while back when I was inspired by some painted chairs in Purple Hydrangeas' blogpost.

The bench is very functional and photogenic! Here it is dressed up for Christmas...

Fortunately, before I got a paint brush out our house was under contract in 2 weeks, and the buyer was interested in purchasing some of our furniture. 

So the bench is staying with the house, along with some other pieces. 

It's a blessing because we are moving several states over and haven't found a new home yet, and our closing date keeps getting closer and closer.

I'd rather find a loving home for my favorite pieces of furniture than to drag them around and put them in long-term storage. 

My grandmother put her family furniture in storage just after the Great Depression when she moved to California from Nebraska, and her furniture stayed stored for over 40 years! 

Ten years after my grandma died, my dad went back and rescued three pieces of her oak furniture in the late 70's. I wrote about that in this POST one Christmas. 

He brought back my great-grandmother's childhood washstand and mirror for me...

They are remarkably well preserved for being in a barn for over 40 years! 

The mirror has very few spots and no damage on it although I did remove the oak wooden arms that attached the mirror to washstand because they were wobbly.

Thanks for dropping by!


  1. Well done on the sale. It is good that the purchasers want some of your much loved furniture. Good luck with the move.

  2. Congrats on the sale of your house.
    The deal just fell through on our house sale so we are back to the beginning.
    It has been just about a year trying to sell it.

  3. Good luck with your move. I love the bench the way it is so am pleased you didn't paint it :)

  4. It's nice you don't have to paint or move it!
    The furniture from your grandma is a treasure.

  5. Oh my...the bench is so nice, I wish you didn't have to leave it but I completely understand. Downsizing is so difficult. I am happy that you are taking your grandmother's bureau with you. I hope you find a new house quickly.

  6. Congratulations on the house sale, hope all goes well and you find the house you are looking for. Love the bench, nice that it has already found a loving home. Downsizing is hard when you have so many beautiful pieces.

  7. The bench is beautiful and goes perfect in this spot so glad your buyer wanted to buy it from you. I have left a few of my faves with our new buyer too. Sad to let go but I know they will not fit in the new place so I would rather see them left for the new buyer to love. Happy Weekend.

  8. Rivercrest Cottage,
    Congratulations on being under contract on the $ale of your home!
    Good call to $ell those items with the incoming home owner.
    I brought our furniture to this side of the Prairie nearly twenty years ago and if I had it to do over again, I would bring the heirlooms and $ell the rest! Nothing seemed to fit and I spent more time and frustration trying to make it all work. Once I $old the pieces that ere giving me grief, our home seemed to breathe a sigh of relief and I am quite comfortable with our current pieces.
    Our bench (in the Guest Room) didn't get painted, either. I thought I wanted a blue/gray hue, but once I painted the bed and nightstand, I really liked the white and oak of the bench at the end of the bed.
    Best wishes in your closing and upcoming move.
    Keep in touch!

  9. Gosh I have to go back through your posts to catch up on your corner of the world. That bench looks like it has found it's forever home. Many blessings on your new journey.

  10. The bench is beautiful and I'm sure the new owners will love it as much as you do! That washstand is amazing after being stored for so long! It is beautiful! Good luck on finding your new home. You guys will love TN! Love and hugs!