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amandacatherine
« on: June 28, 2009 11:51:18 AM »

I picked this sideboard up for $20 at a yard sale yesterday with the intention of painting it raspberry, taking off the cabinet door and using it as a dresser. I proudly showed a few people a picture of my find and they begged me not to paint it. I felt torn so I took this to another decorating community where it was the same thing - half of the people telling me to paint it if I want to and the other half screaming "DON'T!". So I wanted another place for advice, because now I do not know what to do with it.


So, should I paint this? Should I leave it alone?

I also considered staining it with a red stain but after looking into the steps, it seems out of my comfort zone. I really don't want to mess this piece up.
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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2009 12:13:27 PM »

I'd say if you *like* it the way it is, leave it--it's nice and you'd be sad if you liked it less after.  If it doesn't match your decor or you aren't that much a fan or whatever, paint it!  Personally, I don't find it awesome as it is, whereas I can totally see its potential if it was painted, maybe with different colors on the "strips" and drawers...
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2009 12:28:57 PM »

Dont paint it! That piece is amazing!!! I would definitely change the hardware, but other than that, it is perfect!
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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2009 12:39:32 PM »

Sometimes pictures are deceiving. Is the finish in good shape? Any scratches? Scuffs? Things like that? Is it real wood, or that fake veneer stuff? Does it fit with your decor?

Just because it's old, doesn't make it an 'antique'. If I bought a piece of furniture from, say, Walmart, would that be considered an antique piece of furniture in 30 years?

I like the shape of the furniture, it has good clean lines. If it was a fancy piece with all this great woodwork and whatnot, I might leave it as is, but I say paint it!!
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2009 01:04:26 PM »

i vote do not paint
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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2009 01:08:41 PM »

It's in good condition. The only marks or scratches are the one you can see on the front in that photo (on the left side of the middle drawer) and a few scratches on top and a nick on the left side, which you can also kind of see in the picture. Otherwise, it's held up pretty well.

I'm not sure if it's real wood. It's probably easy to spot, but I'm not to smart when it comes to that kind of stuff Tongue It has a metal tag on that inside that says "J.B. Van Shiver & CO". Not sure if that makes it anymore credible or not.

I'm going to paint my room a green/blue mint color. I have yet to pick out a comforter set or curtains, but here's the other thing I picked up yesterday (for free!) that will be going in as well...

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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2009 03:30:15 PM »

Oh! Please don't paint it.
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« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2009 04:39:29 PM »

OMG I love that chair! You have great luck!
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« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2009 05:47:18 PM »

Hey, I have just learned the wonders of contact paper. It is temporary and not as likely to ruin the surface. You could also change it out so that when you change the decor you can change the look again.

I prefer wood tones but I like dark woods. I would recommend picking up a book on refinishing if you are interested in trying to change the tones at all. I like Black and Decker Home Improvement Library: Refinishing and Finishing Wood. It shows you how to tell what type of finish you have on the item and ways to alter or fix things.

Sorry if I wasn't a whole lot of help but I did want you to know you had some more alternatives.

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« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2009 06:06:37 PM »

Please - don't paint it - don't even use contact paper --- at least until you do some research

Just my quick google of J.B. Van Shiver & CO  (finds Sciver) turns up a considerable number of sites with information about this furniture manufacturer and antique forums with questions of value.  

The beauty in the lines of this really make me think there might be some real value there
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