There is all the hype on farm house tables these days and now you see them in all shapes, sizes, colors and ages. Everyone is wanting one, either an old original or a newer DIY model.
She and his grandfather have been gone for almost fifty years. His father saved the table, and a couple of other items, from the dump pile when others in the family cleaned out the old homestead , throwing almost everything “old” in the trash. He moved it to his shop and it was used as a work bench for many years. It has scars and imperfections, like all useful old things do.And his grandfather was not one to worry about aesthetics when making repairsYes, this leg was replaced with a square board. I love this and always point it out. I have to say that this trait of repairing something, with no regards to how it looks as long as it gets the job done, was a trait passed down from his grandfather to his father and to him.
So was a love of family and history. His father saved this table and though it was used in a shop and scarred up quite a bit. It was his mother’s and he would never part with it. Shortly before he passed away, after twenty years of begging him, he finally decided we could be trusted to take care of it. My husband pulled it out of the workshop, cleaned off thirty years of grime and grease, and sealed it with a clear matte poly finish.
We treasure this old scarred farmhouse table with its generations of history. Our family and friends gather here for coffee, Sunday dinner and holiday feasts. Best of all our granddaughters eat here, where their great- great grandmother fed her children.
You can’t build, paint, or copy that kind of connection to your history. This table is a gift, a treasure, much more valuable than any monetary value and one we hope our granddaughters will truly appreciate someday.