Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Heirloom Table

This is my vintage dining room table. It is quite special because before it belonged to me, it belonged to both of my grandma's. My grandma Carmene had it first and it was painted white. She decided to sell it in a yard sale and my mom bought it for her mom. She stripped off all the white paint and stained it back to its original mahogany color. I was by her side the whole time, helping her where I could.
When my grandma Noreen decided to get a different table years later, she held onto it so that she could pass it on to one of her grandchildren. Since I am her oldest granddaughter, I was the one that got it. I kept it in its original stained color for quite awhile. I couldn't find a picture of it though. Cody and I refinished this a few years ago. We also reupholstered the chairs.
I believe that this is a Duncan Phyfe table but I don't have any proof of that. I looked up these specific tables on line and never found one quite as lovely as mine. I know that my grandma Carmene had this table for at least 30 years and my grandma Noreen had it for at least 20 years. I have had it for nearly 10 years. So it is definitely an antique and in very good shape. The detail on the legs is absolutely stunning! The carving is amazing and I think it is one of a kind!
I love that I can put the sides down and it is the perfect size for Cody and I. If we need it to be bigger, we simply raise the leaves and it easily seats 6-8 people. It came with 4 ladder back chairs. I love the curves and shape of the chairs.
The fact that this table belonged to both of my grandmother's makes it really special. It quickly became a family heirloom that I am in no hurry to get rid of. I hope to pass it on to a child of my own someday.
The most stunning part of this table is the legs, wouldn't you agree! Blogger did not upload my pictures in the order that I had them-that is so frustrating!
Cody and I are off to the Seattle/Bellingham area this weekend. My friend is getting married and I am a bridesmaid. We will be going to the Tulip Festival in Skagit Valley, visiting family in Seattle and also attending a Seattle Mariners vs. Cleveland Indians (Cody's favorite team) game. It will be hard to be away from our fur babies for 4 1/2 days but it will be a lot of fun and we will survive (I hope)!

Linking up with:
Coastal Charm: Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Knick of Time: Knick of Time Tuesday
Faded Charm: White Wednesday
Ivy & Elephants: What's it Wednesday
Cozy Home Scenes: Your Cozy Home Party


Donna said...

What a beautiful table, Trisha! It's even more special since it belonged to both of your grandma's! And yes, I do believe that it is Duncan Phyfe. My grandma had a table very similar to yours, that my sister inherited. Have fun in Seattle!! The weather here is finally getting nice:)

June said...

Trisha, your table is beautiful! I love that it has been in your family forever and that you plan to keep it that way.
Have a great trip : )
hugs from here...

Bonnie said...

Love the finish on this table. So great that the shabby white finish is "in" again, even after 60 or so years isn't it? What a treasure.

Unknown said...

Great table ! Truly an heirloom !

Doni said...

What a lovely heirloom! Isn't it remarkable that both of your grandmothers had it! I love that story! And for sure it will be something that can be passed down..and kept with love for another generation! Thanks so much for sharing that with us for Pearls and Lace thursday!!
Blessings, Doni

Blessed Serendipity said...

How wonderful that your beautiful table is a treasured family heirloom. It must mean so much to you.


Miss Gracie's House said...

That really is a pretty dining set...such a classic style...and so much better that it is a family piece!
Thanks for the input on my wood dilemma:)
Have a great week!

Lorraine said...

What a gorgeous table, and how special that it's a family heirloom! Thanks for sharing! ~Lorraine ♥♥♥

Unknown said...

Love your table!!!

Jenny's Heart said...

I love it and the family history makes it even more special.
I hope y'all have a great time this weekend, I am so jealous Tulips are my favorite flowers! Send me a photo when you get home :)

Unknown said...

I think your project is a great job and the table is to die for! Wonderful!


Karena said...

Trisha what a very special table. It has so many memories and love attached to it!! It is beautiful!!

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Rosemary@villabarnes said...

What a nice thing to have passed on to you. I love the finish you gave it.

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Thank you for sharing your gorgeous table with us at Your Cozy Home Party. It's nice to have a piece with such family memories to pass along. I bet there were some good dinners and conversation at that table.------ Shannon

Unknown said...

That is a very special table. OOOOOH
TUlip country. As a Floral Designer
we get tulips from Skagit Valley Growers her in Ohio weekly! That area is beautiful! Have Fun!!

chateau chic said...

It's great having special pieces handed down to us. Your table and chairs are a real treasure to have.
Mary Alice

RuthSMac. said...

I love your table! Your project turned out very nice and it's a great treasure!

xoxo :)

Ivy and Elephants said...

What a great job you did on updating the table. It's amazing how really good furniture can hold up through so many transformations and remain beautiful in each.
How wonderful that you have this great family piece to treasure and pass on.
Thanks for sharing with us.

Heaven's Walk said...

Trisha! Your table looks sooo much like mine!! (check out my last post) I can't believe it! GREAT job on the transformation. I love how it looks so French chic!

xoxo laurie

Debra@CommonGround said...

Hi Trisha, love this style of table. I think it's Duncan Phyfe also, but the legs are much more detailed than other tables I've seen, it's a real beauty! thanks so much for linking up with VIF!

The Charm of Home said...

Really pretty! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

allisamazing said...

The tulips are stunning! Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog :)

heather @ new house, new home, new life said...

We had a similar table when I was growing up. My father still has it. The pedestal detail on yours is amazing. And I like the whitewashed look. I think you're right about it being Duncan Fyfe.

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