Many times when we are newly married we inherit furniture or take furniture from the homes that we grew up in. These pieces often become sentimental pieces. We don’t want to get rid of them and we cherish the memories of remembering the piece in our childhood home. So we bring it into our new homes. What happens when sentimental collides with functional?
This is my current nightstand. Not only is it a piece of my original childhood bedroom suite but I also refinished it by hand stripping it down to bare wood and restoring the finish. A lot of TLC has been put into this piece. I probably spent 10-15 hours restoring this and its twin. If that isn’t enough it was also my very first furniture refinishing project. So this piece has some major points for staying in my life for the long haul simply for sentimental reasons.
So this has been in my home for the last 13 years because of those reasons. But functional? Not so much. Number one is the bottom shelf. I never know what to put on it. Right now I have a box (with nothing in it) that matches the room. At times I have had books I am reading or magazines on it. But it just looked so cluttered so I threw the box on there. Functional? No.
The next is the open space also shows off all of the cords behind it. I have a baby monitor, my phone charger, a lamp cord, and my alarm clock cord hanging out. So all the unsightly cords have no where to hide with this current design. So what is a girl to do?
Sentimental vs. Functional…what do you choose in your home? Do you have any pieces that you love because of sentimental reasons that your husband would love to pitch, or vice versa? I would love to hear your stories.