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Transforming Memories: Furniture Restoration and Its Emotional Impact

Updated: Aug 25, 2023

One of the most rewarding experiences we get to be part of is when a customer brings in a piece of furniture that has been in the family for generations. Earlier this month I had the honor of meeting Kathy and Addie who brought in a simple, no frills, wood dresser from Sears that has stood the test of time. It was brought in because Addie is heading back to college in a few weeks and her mom, Kathy, knew this particular dresser would be perfect for her as she heads into her first apartment. So, I began telling them the process we go through to give new life to furniture. I showed them the color options and started asking the typical questions: “Do you want the whole piece painted? Would you like the top stained and the base painted? Do you want a clean look or distressing or an antique look?” Overwhelming, right? But don’t worry because I promise it really isn’t so bad. Next I took them into the showroom to show examples of pieces we have done so they could visually see what I was talking about. It was at this time, Kathy shared with me that Addie will be the 4th generation to have this dresser in her possession. I mean, come on guys, this backstory has all the feels! I’ll be real here, tears tickled my eyes and I had goosebumps. With this new knowledge I knew the dresser couldn’t just ‘get a coat of paint slapped on it.’ I told them, ‘Knowing this dresser has been in your family for so long it’s not going to be some piece of furniture that’s just gonna get you through college. I want to create a dresser that you’ll have for years to come; long after you graduate and get your first big girl job and apartment.’ …. The dresser turned out stunning but what had the emotional impact was the look on Addie’s face, her saying how beautiful it turned out, and then giving me a big hug while she whispers, “I love it, thank you so much.”

It is my hope this story beautifully illustrates the profound emotional journey that occurs when skilled hands and compassionate hearts breathe new life into old furniture. To remind you that every object you own holds a piece of your story, and through the art of restoration, we can preserve and perpetuate these cherished memories. More than just bringing furniture back to life, restoration has the power to heal hearts, bridge generations, and illuminate the timeless connection between us and the past. If you have a piece of furniture that is near and dear to your heart but could use an update, please feel free to contact us. Thanks for reading.

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