Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Should I Paint It?

I love this little three drawer cabinet.  It's only 18" tall x 12" wide, sturdy enough to use as a stool, very heavy, and perfect for storing office supplies and my jewelry making tools.  My mother's friend gave it to me a couple of years ago, but I never got the story about where it originally came from.  I want to lighten it up with a fresh coat of paint, but then I started feeling guilty about covering up the beautiful old wood.  Would you paint it, or leave it alone?

The three cast iron pulls are marked Pat. May 6, 1873 on the back.  

It looks like someone already refinished it at some point.  I never noticed the dripping varnish until I saw this picture.  Might be time for new reading glasses.

Remnants of green paint on the bottom and sides.  I sure wish it had its original paint.

Someone sure built this to last!
To paint, or not to paint?  
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