I have several antiques in my apartment. I laugh when people discuss buying furniture because my family has this very odd habit of switching furniture around. When I was in college, my brother and sister-in-law got my bedroom suite, I ended up inheriting my parents, and my parents got something that I think belonged to my great-grandparents that had been at my grandparents. We also joke about the fact that our family has enough furniture to completely set up an additional house.
I have inherited some really neat pieces. One of my favorites is a desk. I acquired when I started seminary. It was actually in the first house my grandparents bought after my grandfather returned from World War II. According to my grandparents they bought the house from some old couple. No one actually knows how old the desk is, but my grandparents have been married over 60 years.
When I acquired the desk it was painted green. I stripped and refinished it, but since it is so old the wood becomes very dry. This weekend I did a little maintenance. I was really pleased with the finished product.