Saturday, September 20, 2014

~ To Paint or Not To Paint? ~


 I really would love to have your thoughts, opinions and suggestions!  A dear friend that's moving to Florida ~ long story there! ~ gave me this antique table. It's at least 150 years old and in really good shape. The wood tone is really not for me but I need advice!  


As you can see, I have dark hardwood floors.  My love seat is a cherry red and I have one chair that is black with a zebra upholstery. A parsons chair is in another animal print but it won't be staying in the same space. I'm looking for a real comfy chair for "me" !


My first inclination is to paint it a glossy black or perhaps a satin finish. I have another table that I'm planning to paint too. It has a cream top and black base/legs. My thought was to paint it black with a bit of gold trim before I got this table. Now I have no clue ~  Just as an fyi ~ I'm not one for white or greys, regardless how pretty they are.

She has very pretty legs doesn't she?


The trim on the base of the legs is brass...very worn.  I do plan to do those in gold.


The edges of the table are really not as damaged as the photo above seems to reflect. I'm not a photographer so we'll blame it on the lighting, ok?  :)

There are so many incredibly talented furniture painters out there...please let me know your thoughts!

18 comments:

  1. Laquer black with gold details would be beautiful!

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  2. I vote to NOT paint:) Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

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  3. I don't dare show this, to my husband, the life-long lover of woodworking. ,-) He would nearly perish, at the thought of painting any of this old table.

    If we lived near, he would gladly do an beautiful job of bringing it back to life. :-) But we don't.

    But other than that impossible suggestion, I don't have any. I'm not a furniture painter. Which is not hard to see. He is so pained, by painting over wood. :-)

    Tessa~

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  4. Why not re-finish it in a darker tone. That way you are not painting the wood...Brighten the brass on the feet. A color to compliment your floors. xo

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  5. Oh my! I am a painter of everything, but I tell you this is a great piece. I'd have a hard time painting this.

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  6. Wow, you can easily see that it was a real show-stopper in its day! I really liked the idea from Linda @
    Life and Linda, to re-finish it in a darker tone. I know that would be more work, but you would be preserving a piece of history......not to lay a guilt trip on ya' or anything!

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  7. I love Linda's idea of refinishing in a darker stain! It's a fabulous treasure. I would have a hard time painting it if it were mine. I'm sure it's going to be lovely whatever you decide to do with it. <3

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  8. Hi -- good to see you blogging again. All the best to your friend who is ill (I went back through your blog)

    I like the idea of refinishing, too. My favorite dark wood stain in Special Walnut. Good idea to brighten up the gold.

    If you decide to go with paint, I would not use glossy -- go with satin.

    If this piece is going to be on your hardwood doors, I would put an area rug under it so it will stand out. Hope this helps.

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  9. Whatever you do - if you don't like it you can always REDO it!!! Can't wait to see what you decided!

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  10. Oh my, what a treasure! She sure is an antique and me, I love antiques and have none that old. What a wonderful friend to give it to you, cause she knows it'll be in great hands. Paint, never, it's an antique, but you can shine it with a lacquer for furniture, it'll look wonderful as it will come to life. That's what hubby would do, as he appreciates wood.
    Have a great week and do tell us what you decided.
    FABBY

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  11. i would just sand it down a bit and re-stain it - keeping the natural wood. good luck! :)

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  12. If you don't love the wood, paint it. It will be beautiful black.

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  13. First of all, paint it if you want to! If you don't, I think it would look better with a rug under it to break up the wood table and wood floor. If you do, black and gold would be stunning! Try a little Bar Keeper's Friend and a toothbrush on the feet before you paint them...if the brass will shine up it would be a shame to paint over it!

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  14. I love really dark stain, Pat. I recently bought a coffee table on Craig's List and took the finish off and restrained it a Kona stain. I love it. I should send you a picture. However, if you'd be happier, paint it black. You should make yourself happy. You're the one that counts!

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  15. It's a beautiful piece Pat. I think I would restain it perhaps a darker tone so it goes well with your floors. You can make it your own of course and do what you please. An off white would look gorgeous. But honestly, I would just bring it back to life with stain..it is beautiful!

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  16. Gorgeous! I love the two- toned look, where the top is stained (perhaps a bit darker?) and the bottom is a distressed white. :D But that's just me.

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  17. It's a gorgeous table. Have you considered leaving the top wood and painting the legs. You could rub and buff the metal details on the feet.

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  18. Annie Sloan chalk paint has a "country Grey"--but it is really not grey at all to me - but would look really good with black on the legs! If you have a local shop that carries these paints, they usually have sample painted pieces you could see.

    V

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