Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Gone

I have a new shiny table and chairs from Ikea that I'm in love with. It's sturdy, it has eight matching chairs, and it's huge (well, it's bigger)... which means that my Grandmother's old set that I've claimed as mine for the past six years is gone. I'm a traitor, and sold the "old girl" on KSL last night.

I'm really sad. I know I'm being overly sentimental, but I loved this set. I recovered the cushions, reinforced the seats and legs, and refinished all the wood myself. I've put a lot of love and sweat into it and I did because it was hers. I don't have any memories of my Grandma Lee, but I have always felt a strong connection to her. I know we would have been best friends had she seen me grow past nine months. There have been some significant moments in my adult life when I'm sure she was looking over me. Needless to say, I can't wait to meet Margaret on the other side. She was an exceptional woman.

So... the set was sold to a wonderful lady who felt my sentimental pain and was ecstatic to put it in her 1940's home. Seriously, it couldn't have been sold to a more thoughtful, sweet person. And I did get to keep one of the chairs, so I guess I still a have a little piece of my Lee family. (There were six chairs originally, but one was murdered --by me--one hilariously fateful evening.)

But still... I'm mourning my loss. I know it was time for something new. It was beginning to fall apart again and needed some new stain... and if I had the space to store it, I would have... but she's in a good home now-- which is better than storage, I'd say.

These are the pictures I put on KSL...*sigh*





10 comments:

Jen Carter said...

It was a charming little table...but I'm super excited about the new one too:) Is that post coming next?

LEE BIEN said...

I love, love, love that you took such good care of Margaret's table and chairs. I wish I had room for them but I am happy that they will be in good hands. One of my best belly laughs EVER was when you broke that chair. Please save her for me. I think I can make Dave repair it enough that we can place it in a corner somewhere with a sign on it that says, "Don't even think about sitting on me!"

Laurel said...

Sad face. She has always been so, so pretty. And don't worry, I'm sentimental about it, too, though it was never in my home and I have yet to meet Grandma Lee. Love you, Alicia.

Shum Girl said...

You are so sweet. I know how you feel about being overly sentimental. I can't wait to see the new one.

Scott and Megan said...

ahhhh, that is sweet that it went to another sweet old gal! Now let's have a party and break in the new table and chairs! I want to break the first chair!

Rachael said...

I'm so glad she found a good home that will love her - just not to pieces like you did! ;)

Markelle said...

I am wanting my Ikea table now...I did love your old set too.

Christy said...

I understand your sentimental side. I have a hard time letting go of quality things that belonged to family or those that have a strong memory behind them. The minute you said they were your grandma's my mouth dropped. But I'm also one that needs to get rid of things and make myself let go. Sometimes it's just time and at least you have great pictures of it.. and from what you say an amazing chair that has double the memory!

Jessie said...

Oh man, I feel the sentiment. But yes, better in a home than in storage.

Now lets see the Ikea table!

Danielle said...

I'm really depressed that you got a new one. The old one is SO SO cool.