Do you ever struggle with that question
on furniture that you have had?
(The title of my blog post takes liberties with one of the most famous quotes
I bought this chest about 15 years ago
when I was more in an
"English Country" mode of
decorating my home.
The area would probably look better with a rug but it is almost like a
dining room/entry foyer and rug placement is awkward.
Now that we have downsized and I am
leaning toward a lighter look,
I just don't know that I love this
chest like I used to.
It is useful for storage. I keep my gift wrapping supplies in the drawers.
It is in the dining room along with other
dark wood furniture. It feels like there is
just too much dark wood furniture
in that small space.
This buffet is also in that area. I like the buffet placement so I don't want to move it.
It has some nice patina.
I really don't know much about the piece
or if it is even worth what I
paid for it. The question is, is it too nice to paint?
Should I move it to another
room and let it stay the
color that it is?
This is my bedroom. A decorator had me shift the placement of the furniture
to achieve more balance. I put the dark portrait on the far side of the bed
to try to visually balance the window on the other side of the bed.
If I put the bookcase/chest where the table and portrait are now,
it would come up about 8 inches taller than where the top of the portrait is now.
Should I take the books out of
it and make it more
dining room-ish with china instead?
I did put it in the want ads a couple of years ago but did not get one single call on it. My kids don't want it.
In some spots I have non-interesting books that end up behind the wood frames so the "good" book spines show.
Most of the books I have in it are ones that
I have found at Goodwill, yard sales, and thrift stores.
These are some effects I added to my old book photos in Photobucket. This one is "Bronze"...
...this one is "Sepia" with "Grain"...
...this effect is "Old Photo"...
...and this one is "Ink Stamp".
I kept this note with the chest but even the dealer I
bought it from didn't know it's age.
My favorite feature of the piece
is the wavy glass in the doors.
The glazing is old and cracking.
My least favorite feature
is this do da on the side.
Does this cut out make it look Victorian-ish?
It has cute little casters on each leg.
How do those little casters hold up all that weight?
One of the knobs is missing but that could be replaced.
As I was getting ready to take this photo, I saw something behind the back caster that
needed to be moved for the shot. It was one of the missing knobs!
The brass around the key hole is not original.
So, I don't know what to do with this piece.
Should I paint it and leave it in the dining room ,
move it to the bedroom and not paint it,
or sell it for whatever I can get for it
and tell myself I've gotten my 25 cents a day
worth out of it and let someone else
enjoy it now?
The bookcase/chest is where my plastic spoon wreath "lives".
If you want to make a spoon wreath,