Thoughts on returning Ladderback Chair b4/after

Katrinka_FidoAugust 16, 2012

I recently sold a few odd chairs from mom's estate, only those I wouldn't use/repair or have room for. One of which was her favorite as far as sentimental, not comfort but never was SOMEDAY restored-Photo #1.

The buyer was aware of her sentimental attachment thinking I had same. I came home to find this chair & a lovely card.

Condensed version is AFTER he refinish the chair something told him to bring it back. He wants me to keep & enjoy the memories. Apparently he missed the part that I had no sentimental attachment & felt good to let it go knowing it was going to be restored. Now results aren't quite what I'd envisioned as restored but the bottom line is it's the very kind thought that counts. Wasn't that nice. Your thoughts please & thank you. Katrinka

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Wow what a nice thing to do, was he a friend?

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 8:11AM
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Very lovely wishes....but what a perfectly AWFUL thing to do to a wonderful old chair. And because of the sentiment you have to keep it!!
Well....if you add a yellow and white gingham cushion the cat may sit in it.

Actually I would call him and express fond thoughts and admiration for his beautiful workmanship, and tell him how terribly touched you are by his kindness, but really you have no room for the chair and that you would really love for him to have it....but that you will always treasure the card as a reminder of how kind people really are.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 10:07AM
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Oh my. I have no other words.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 12:15PM
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nyboy-it was such a shock to be so 'blessed' by a total stranger & his wife. Bought chairs on the 10th & PRESTO, on the 17th a chair appears immediately not recognizable until I read the card. YEP, my first reaction was exactly as barnmom for about 10 minutes.. lindac 100% agree up to the gingham & cat. Yellow is my least favorite color & Fido is too old to tolorate ANOTHER CAT!!!LOL. This sweet old man is coming over tomorrow accepting the chairs return. he wants to show me the coffee table he purchased, "Fully Restored" his words. I'm scared! I dont have a complete before pic of it but I see the legs in clamps in the background in the first photo.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 10:28PM
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How sad that he has no taste.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 11:28PM
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Oh my. One of these days the chair may turn up in an estate sale yet again, someone may strip the mustard yellow paint, stain it and rush the seat. ;-) Think of this as just one leg of the chair's journey. LOL

Bless his heart, his intentions were sterling. I did the same thing to a little ladder-back, however mine was a two dollar yard sale find, cheap pine reproduction, so I felt no guilt and wasn't out much if it turned out bizarre.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 8:23AM
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What a wonderful gesture by the gentleman. You said he's coming over to accept the return of the chair. How did you handle it?

I would imagine that his joy in being able to do something that he thought would mean something to you was wonderful. That would be a very nice gift for him - to allow him to hold the joy in his heart that he did something nice.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 9:04AM
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I had an old ladderback rocker that belonged to my great grandmother. Not sure who it belonged to before that, but it's OLD!
When it came to me it was covered with chippy white paint and a breaking hickory split seat. I stripped the white and found red uinder that.....about the same color as Calliope's chair. There was nothing under the varnish no shellac. I am convinced it was the original color.
I had a new split hickory seat put in and gave it to my grand daughter. It's her great great great grandmother's chair.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2012 at 10:20AM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

I agree with suzieque. The gentleman's kindness would have imbued the chair with lots of sentimental value for me! What a lovely gesture on his part.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2012 at 11:56AM
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What an extraordinarily kind thing this fellow did. Any qualms I had about the restoration would be erased by the generosity and thoughtfulness of this near-stranger, were I to be the recipient of such a gesture. I'd treasure it.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2012 at 11:52AM
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