I found this vanity on craigslist for $75. I am in love with it and will definitely be using it every day. I would be fine with leaving it how it is, but it doesn't really match any of my existing furniture.
The woman I bought it from said it was her great grandmothers, and that it is 80+ years old. She also said she was told it's mahogany, but I don't really know enough about wood to know if that's true. It is definitely an antique, and I am aware that restoring antiques can lower their value, but honestly I bought it to use it, not to resell it.
So there are a few scratches that might just make the "antique" look even better, but most of the large scratches bother me. I am unsure if I should strip it, sand it, and stain it, or if I should just attempt to touch up the scrapes. I have also considered painting it to make it match more of my furniture, but I worry it might not look very good once it's painted, and also it feels kind of wrong to paint over such a nice piece. If I somehow painted it white and replaced the knobs, and made it look good, that would be my ideal vanity.
My father, who used to work with wood when he made cabinetry, thinks I should do nothing to it. He said he would cut me a glass top to put on it, and thinks that's all I should do. I am a little worried about the outcome if I do decide to try and fix it up, because I don't have a lot of experience with sanding/staining/painting furniture. I also have to take into account the details on the vanity as well.
I tried to search Craftster and google for a project someone has completed similar to this, but I wasn't able to find anything useful. If you know of one, I would love a link to it!
So, if anyone could give me advice on what you would do in my position, with my level of experience (none, novice haha) I would be very grateful!