Thursday, December 16, 2010

bench in our bedroom

my MIL was not by any means, the 'average' Amish woman.
she could build cabinets, fix a roof, reupholster like a pro, fix most anything,
milk cows, plant corn, bale hay, grow enough produce to use and to sell.
she loved auctions so much she had a mini store in her attic!
besides all this, she was cooking, cleaning and all the other everyday living stuff.

the bench that found its way into our bedroom is a typical project of hers.
it stands twenty inches tall,  
designed for small children to sit higher at a table.
hubs and his sister used it,
our children sat on and outgrew this bench as well.
after her death, i claimed it for the memories, even though it was, well, ugly.
the top was covered with gray formica with a split in it.
it languished in the basement for six years,
and i almost gave it away but couldn't quite get myself to do it.
then i redesigned our bedroom...
i had an epiphany! 
i took off the ugly formica,
instantly giving it the ambiance i was looking for.
love, love!
now it's used to stack the extra pillows 'for fancy'
with an extra blanket tucked in a basket underneath.
even the top looks great with the glue tracks left on it!
interesting how the inanimate reaches across generations -



linking up with Time Travel Thursday


One Life Many Journeys said...

I love the character this piece has. You did a great job. Visiting from The Brambleberry Cottage.

Unknown said...

wonderful! I would love a bench like this!

Unknown said...

It is not only wonderful, and displayed so nicely with the linens, but even more special for the memories that are attached to it.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Oh, Esther, it is absolutely wonderful! Just taking that ugly old formica off made all the difference. It truly is a piece with character and history.

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