Like this piece, it had been hiding away amidst other stuff in my in-laws loft for years and when my husband and I got married they offered it to us. I'm not sure how old it is, but I'd guess it's over 80 years at least. I know that if I painted it, I would regret it in the years to come.
This is another piece I love. I got it off Craigslist for my daughters room before she was born. It's in near perfect condition, all original hardware, solid mahogany and only $100!
I could never bring myself to paint this one.
And then there's this one, which resides in our dining room.
I searched for a long time for a sweet China cabinet and I finally found one in an antique store in small town Georgia.
So if you have a nice piece, that is 100% solid, dark wood and hardly a dent in it, I urge you not to paint. I believe only old, dingy pieces require new life. But these I have are meant to last a lifetime as they are.
Please leave a comment and tell me what your thoughts are!