Over the years we have found – and have stated in past articles and blog posts – that there are three main reasons people choose to restore a piece of furniture or decorative art. A piece may have collectible value for the owner, it may have aesthetic value, or it may have sentimental value. In each case, our approach to restoration and/or repurposing will have subtle but important differences.
Since our appearance at the Nashville Antiques & Garden Show in February, the projects we have taken in have been overwhelmingly sentimental in nature.
- a couple is refinishing a dining room table at which the wife “cut her first teeth”
- an overstuffed (and over-used) chair will be rebuilt and reupholstered in order to remain a warm reminder of conversations with a beloved grandparent
- one client has several pieces from a parent she has recently lost – we are honored to help preserve her memories
- another client had a painting done by his father – we consulted with him on the best approach for him to use to clean and restore it.
Perhaps not coincidentally, we recently took a trip up to Rosine, KY to visit the Bill Monroe Home Place. Back in 2001 we had contributed custom-made porch posts and decorative elements to an ongoing, multi-phase restoration effort and had never been to see it them in situ. We had the place to ourselves, and the volunteer at the Home Place regaled us with stories of Bill Monroe and his family. This restoration – as are all “sentimental” restoration projects – is distinguished by a combination of memory preservation and story sharing. We were inspired and energized by our trip.
While all the projects we do have their own unique aspects and challenges, we derive a special kind of pleasure in helping people honor, preserve, and communicate their most cherished memories.
(R.I.P. Earl Scruggs)