In popular usage, an heirloom is something, perhaps an antique or some kind of jewelry, that has been passed down for generations through family members.
The term originated with the historical principle of an heirloom in English law, a chattel which by immemorial usage was regarded as annexed by inheritance to a family estate. Loom originally meant a tool.
So the question is, do you change,alter give a facelift to family heirlooms?
Mike and I have been collecting antiques for years.
Some have been passed down from the family,
well, not even from our families, however from the families of perfect strangers.
Everything has a story.
And one day, these heirlooms will be passed onto our boys, hopefully from generation to generation,
with new stories to be told.
I have always been opposed to painting our antiques or treasures passed along the way.
I have no problem perhaps restoring, or bringing new life to them, but actually painting over new color, new paint, NO, that has been a never.
With that being said,
There was one thing recently given to me by my Father in law,
and if I recall his exact words were “do what you want with it,
you can even paint it if you like”.
Yes, I had a light bulb moment and decided this is ONE family heirloom
which was my husbands Grandmothers btw I would paint.
It is a vintage sewing basket, however
it was filled with vintage jewelry when given to us.
I just happened to have a can of Annie Sloan Louis blue chalkpaint left from last year.
One of my favorite colors.
So I got busy!
Painted two coats
let completely dry
lightly clear waxed
let it dry
and then lightly distressed.
It goes perfectly in our bedroom and now I feel I made it my own. Making new memories for this vintage sewing basket to be perhaps talked about in years to come.
But no regrets for me on painting this piece.
I simply love it and will enjoy it myself for years to come.
Right now, it still holds some vintage jewelry in it,
however, I can always add to it, or keep some of my craft paints in there as well.
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Come back and tell me a little about your family heirlooms
Have you ever altered in any way a family heirloom?