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On Occassion I find myself pondering an item of furniture, asking myself, should I paint this? Would it be wrong to cover this lovely patina in a fresh coat of paint? Or should I try and preserve what is left of the original finish and beautify areas that need help?
The answer lies in the the piece itself. The average person is not an expert in full-on furniture repairs and recreating finishes that match exactly with the original.
It is worth remembering that there may be some way to preserve part of the patina, without committing to the entire thing.
This lovely little desk from Ellen J. Goods was preserved in it's 'found' state using Tough Coat Wipe on Poly from Fusion Mineral Paint. It is lovely, authentic and would look great in so many settings.
Of course not every original finish has appeal. Nor would you want it in your home. But sometimes a peek of a reminder as to how something once looked is all it takes.
Give a nod to original heritage without committing to the whole thing. This MCM Dresser was in bad shape when I picked it up. It had been ravaged by a puppy, drawn on by a toddler and scratched up on top after living in a garage for years.
Taking my sander to the wood removed the yellow brown coating and the damage. A little filler here and there on the top and sides and it was as smooth as can be.
By respecting the beauty of the wood, feeding it with wax, and applying a coat of Coal Black by Fusion Mineral Paint to the damaged areas this lovely item was fit for a new home.
Paint everything? No. Revive with paint. Oh yes.