What Gran Gran gave me

Work has been INSANE busy….I have to keep reminding myself that I love my job. And I do, but I am missing the bloggy world.  I’ve only been able to visit 1-2 blogs each day, and then just for a quick look through.  I have really been surprised at myself by how much I enjoy seeing what other people are cooking, fixing, creating or just doing. That sharing and connecting is really cool. Thanks to everyone that takes the time to share.

And, on to some sharing of my own! Ever since we finished the office, I’ve been looking for some kind of bookcase or something for one of the walls.  While I was visiting my grandmother in Jasper, Arkansas, I saw this great piece she had stuck in the corner of her basement and was using for storage.  I asked her if she would loan it to me, and she said YES! 

But, alas, it wouldn’t fit in our car for the ride home.  So, my super sweet mother arranged to get it the last time she was visiting and bring it to our home.  How great is that!?!



It is in need of more work than I originally thought when it was covered with items in Gran’s basement. The original(?) finish is full of runs and uneven spots and then it’s faded and dinged in spots, too, but the size and look of it is EXACTLY what I wanted.  And even better, now I have a project!.  Ryan thinks we should paint it, but I’m really considering stripping it and staining it.  I really like the current color, and was hoping some clean up and Liquid Gold would save the finish, but that’s not going to fly.

What do you think?  Paint?  Strip? Embrace the drips, fades and imperfections and do nothing?


  1. "Loan" it to you????!!!! LOL! I love it! My grandma had one similar in style but it was a dressing table and I loved it, sadly I don't know what became of it, one of the pitfalls of living so far away. When I went home for Christmas I saw one of my mom's antique sewing machines (they all actually work!) in the living room of my brother and sister in law... my mom's still quite young but when I saw that I immediately put dibs on some other things of hers, LOL - hey I'M the only daughter! :)

  2. For sure, strip it and stain it! Something really dark and rich. What a cool piece!
    Loved seeing you last week, by the way! We need to make that happen more! =)

  3. That's an awesome piece. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

  4. Strip it and stain it first. Live with it for a while to see how you feel about it and then you may decide to paint it. Or not.

  5. I don't think you can go wrong either way! What a great piece.... love the art deco lines! Can't wait to see the finished product!
    Dee Dee

  6. How much work do you want to put into it?