I've been absent for a good two weeks and had to pop in to say hello. My parents worry when I stop writing, and even though we talk a few times during the week, they miss the blog. So here I am, happy to be back and easing worried minds.
Today I'm coming to you all for your thoughts. I am in need of some decorating opinions, so please, feel free to lay them on me.
Last week I found a wonderful coffee table for our living room.
The height was ideal, the length was substantial, the bones were fabulous, and the table itself nice and heavy (solid wood and brass will do that to a piece of furniture!). The kicker was the price: $35. The Salvation Army was indeed a salvation that day. I was beyond excited!
Here is where your advice comes in. Take a good look at the top.
If you can see beyond the amazing inlay you'll see whoever owned it last seriously mistreated it. Glass rings, places where hot items were left to sit, scratches...the top of our coffee table has it all and it breaks. My. Heart. I understand loving furniture and letting natural dings and wear occur. I have children~I know it happens. Each little touch of time adds character, perhaps even a story or two.
But it's pretty obvious by looking at the table that these marks were caused by a total disregard beyond being utilitarian. Sadness. At least it has a happy ending now. We love our new coffee table and look forward to many, many years of having it in our family.
Now my question...
Should I refinish the top in the original stain or paint it? Once the brass is cleaned and the top sanded, filled, and refinished, it would look amazing. But if it were painted a dark brown-grey it would also look great!
To refinish or to paint? That is the question.
I would love to know your answers! Feel free to leave a comment and let me know which way your leaning. Either way we'll be happy!
Happy Tuesday all and thank you.