See the Potential
By Sonya Weiss
For Interior Decorating
Not seeing the potential in a piece of furniture can lead to regrets. I’m usually pretty good at looking past the current condition of any item and picturing it as it could be. But I made a mistake recently that I really regret. I had an old kitchen bench style chair that went with a trestle style bench. I’d had the chair for years and loved it. It had a heart cut out at the back and was handcrafted from dark oak.
Because the wood had cracked on the back of the chair, I set it out in the garage until I decided what to do with it and I forgot about it. Then as I was cleaning out the garage, I briefly looked at the chair, decided it didn’t have any potential and placed the chair by the curb for garbage pickup.
A few minutes later, a neighbor stopped and asked if she could have it. I told her she could and went back to cleaning out the garage. Several weeks later, that bench chair showed up on my neighbor’s porch. It had been repaired, sanded down painted white and was a beautiful addition to their porch where they could sit on warm spring nights.
Now every time I drive out of the neighborhood, I see that bench chair and I’m reminded of what I could have done with that myself. The biggest kick is that I’ve been looking for a seat for my own porch! So I learned a valuable lesson-never overlook the possibilities of what could be rather than what is.