Though I’d previously thought this “classification” that of an uneducated ilk, I’ve come to find out it actually does refer to a style of furniture. And, I’m now the proud owner of some.

As our generation inherits family pieces in the age of “Antiques Roadshow” and “Pawn Stars”, value is a buzzword that cannot be ignored. Is this “early American” a real piece of history?

For the Temple-Stewart company, I’ve found the sentimental worth far outweighs the wood. Brown Furniture can be summed up to refer to just about anything your grandparents proudly purchased post-depression, and the Boomers grew up with. This likely explains why that generation shuns it and shucks whatever may be left. Though it’s sturdy, hardwood, and classic in its design – these same characteristics make it worn, dated, and altogether too familiar. An argument can be made for its continued function, as people like me pick it up for pennies on the original dollar, but that’s about all we can stand behind. You won’t be surprised to find these pieces at flea markets and donation centers, and is oft the subject of painting and upcycling DIY posts and shows. It’s plentiful…and that’s its most valued characteristic.

That being said, worth is subjective, and, in this case, comfort is king. Yes, this chair may have graced a granny’s formal dining room and may have been the finest furniture she owned. Now they may only be worth the $7 ea I paid. And that’s ok. I had a truck full of happy, and now a dining room I enjoy sitting in.

I’ll hold the inferred memories as I set my table and gather family and friends to relax in these chairs and create our own.

And, when all else fails, we can enjoy the simple stains and sand things easily to be repainted and repurposed as we please.