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PreRaphaelite

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In about 1986, my grandfather fashioned a coffee table for our summer cottage in Maine by cutting down the legs of a c.1920 kitchen/work table. It was rustic, but appropriate for the house where our family gathered for lobster and beer, for wild blueberries and Peaks Island honey, for stories and poetry recitals under the stars. We never gave it a second thought, once it was in place. The table sat in front of the fireplace and hosted dozens of pairs of random wool-rag besocked feet, and sometimes a chess board, and various magazines and coffee mugs and wine glasses, and fishing lures, and so forth. In 1992, it was my pedestal, as I stood slowly rotating, in 1930’s shoes, in a thrift store wedding gown, while my grandmother knelt beside me, pinning the hem. That day saw the addition of one small Louis-heel shaped dent in the table top. Nobody noticed, not even me.

This spring, the cottage was sold to developers (gut punch), and I was offered my choice of furnishings from the house as it was being emptied. I hadn’t considered the old coffee table and had planned to gather other things. But amidst the flurry of cardboard boxes and burly moving men, my mother appeared carrying the blueberry blue kitchenaid mixer I’d been coveting for decades, looking for a place to wrap it up. I managed to clear space on the coffee table. Taping up the box, I saw the dent. Misty eyed and silent, I remembered. “The coffee table comes with me,” I said, and no one blinked.

Fast forward six months, and this shabby old table has become the sine qua non of my living room. In looks, it’s quite unremarkable, but I can’t imagine ever having a different one now. The drawer that once held detritus of generations, is now empty but one remote control and an old pack of cards. What else should I place inside, to furnish such a special piece of my own story?
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MamaBee

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In about 1986, my grandfather fashioned a coffee table for our summer cottage in Maine by cutting down the legs of a c.1920 kitchen/work table. It was rustic, but appropriate for the house where our family gathered for lobster and beer, for wild blueberries and Peaks Island honey, for stories and poetry recitals under the stars. We never gave it a second thought, once it was in place. The table sat in front of the fireplace and hosted dozens of pairs of random wool-rag besocked feet, and sometimes a chess board, and various magazines and coffee mugs and wine glasses, and fishing lures, and so forth. In 1992, it was my pedestal, as I stood slowly rotating, in 1930’s shoes, in a thrift store wedding gown, while my grandmother knelt beside me, pinning the hem. That day saw the addition of one small Louis-heel shaped dent in the table top. Nobody noticed, not even me.

This spring, the cottage was sold to developers (gut punch), and I was offered my choice of furnishings from the house as it was being emptied. I hadn’t considered the old coffee table and had planned to gather other things. But amidst the flurry of cardboard boxes and burly moving men, my mother appeared carrying the blueberry blue kitchenaid mixer I’d been coveting for decades, looking for a place to wrap it up. I managed to clear space on the coffee table. Taping up the box, I saw the dent. Misty eyed and silent, I remembered. “The coffee table comes with me,” I said, and no one blinked.

Fast forward six months, and this shabby old table has become the sine qua non of my living room. In looks, it’s quite unremarkable, but I can’t imagine ever having a different one now. The drawer that once held detritus of generations, is now empty but one remote control and an old pack of cards. What else should I place inside, to furnish such a special piece of my own story?
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I love this @PreRaphaelite Anyone can buy a coffee table in a furniture store..I love that it’s in your home..:kiss2:
 

stracci2000

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A treasured heirloom! I'm so glad you rescued it. The memories are priceless.

My DH just acquired a secretary and desk from the early 1930s that belonged to his grandparents. He was so happy!
 

TheGarnetGirl

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Off the top of my head by gut alone I'd say:

Matches, a small beautiful journal with randomly pressed flowers & a nice pen, a silver charm for good luck and two dollars
 

Alex T

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No suggestions for what to put in a literal draw, but i love the fact that this table is so special & so 'full' of lovely memories!
 

whitewave

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We don’t have a coffee table because we have a giant sectional plus love seat where all seats recline, so there was no room. Lol.
 

lissyflo

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I love the idea of a memory drawer. Something to peruse on nostalgic, slightly melancholy days. But it sounds like you have your memories firmly stored where they’re most important.
 
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