I have three pieces of furniture that belonged to my grandmother. I can remember her living room and exactly where they were. I remember sitting on them as a child. They were green velvet at that time.
Over the years I had them reupholstered once. Then, many more years passed. Lots of kids and pets jumping on them. They were in very bad shape. There were spots you couldn't sit on because you could feel the springs. Finally, the chairs had to be moved to the basement. They were just too awful.
But I could not bring myself to get ride of them! I just couldn't. There was so much family history there! When I told the kids that we were going to get them reupholstered they were shocked. What? Again?
I chose a velvet this time, just like my grandmother had, only blue. I talked to the upholsterer about the trim and all the little details. I told him I wanted them to look like they did originally. I also said my kids could not believe I was going to reupholster these pieces again. He said, "You can't buy furniture of this quality anymore. Not anywhere. No one makes furniture like this anymore." So there, I told my kids.
Yesterday we got them back. I could not believe it. I thought of my grandmother as they carried them in. I looked at the couch. I got all choked up. I told Mark Rendel, the upholsterer. "I don't think they have ever looked this good." They are comfortable! They are beautiful, in my opinion. They look exactly like they did when I was a child, or maybe better.
Thanks for indulging me on this. I couldn't be happier.....and my kids sat in them for a long time. They're talking about having friends over. :-)