Please watch this video about family heirlooms, it really is so touching.
When I first watched the video I felt a sadness come over me because I have so few things from my childhood. I honestly believe that’s why I’ve saved so many things from Jamie’s childhood. Do you think it runs in cycles? I sort of feel she may not keep much because she sees how much I kept. Maybe she’ll keep just enough. After the video ended, I was wishing that I had a family heirloom to pass down to Jamie, and suddenly I remembered Mammaw’s dresser! I do have a family heirloom to pass down to my only daughter, a dresser that once belonged to my mother. It didn’t instantly come to mind, because it had been out of our immediate family for years, in the hands of my Aunt Jean, my mom’s sister in Michigan. A couple of years ago, it made it back home to Kentucky. It was in rough condition, and I of course wanted to paint it.
Jamie, in her infinite wisdom (beyond her years) pleaded with me not to paint it, but to refinish it. I listened to her and did just that—so glad I did. It’s a beautiful piece of furniture with tons of storage. They just don’t make ‘em like that anymore. Nowadays when someone asks me my advice about whether they should paint a piece, my first question is “is it a family heirloom?” Because I believe if it is, it should be given new life with sandpaper and stain.
There were a lot of repairs that needed to be done on this dresser, but in the end, it was all worth it.
After stripping, sanding, staining and sealing, I’m in love with this dresser, and I think my mom would be so happy that it looks better than ever. It’s currently residing in my guest room, but whenever Jamie is ready for it, it’s hers. If you would like to see the details of how I gave this dresser the TLC treatment, check out my post Mammaw’s Dresser Makeover.
You may have seen these words….“the value of keeping it in the family” They are from the end of the video and really ring home to me, and to my local True Value, Keith’s Hardware, because I feel they really live it every day. Your neighborhood True Value store is there to help you save those heirlooms and give them new life.
If you haven’t already, please watch this video and share below – do you have a family heirloom that needs some love? Have you already rescued and restored something that has been passed down? Please share them with me in the comments. If you’ve written a blog post about it, please share that with me as well, because I’d love to see it and read your story.
I was one of the bloggers selected by True Value to work on the DIY Squad. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program as well as writing about my experience. I have also been compensated for the materials needed for my DIY project. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.