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    Quite the talent this girl has for rejuvenating old furniture. Beautiful work.

    Anyone who doesn’t think money grows on trees hasn’t bought any lumber lately.
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    Re: Rejuvenating old furniture

    Yes, interesting mix of stained and painted surfaces.


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      Re: Rejuvenating old furniture

      I've seen so many nice antiques that have been destroyed by people who paint them rather than do restoration work. It completely devalues them , but I guess there are cases where the object is of no value and of course if you own a piece you can do what you like.

      I just picked up three beautiful chairs that are from about 1930 or so, they were out in the rain, I'd say they are jacobbean style but they have nice pressed backs with "carved" details. These were offered up for free so I couldn't stop myself from grabbing them from the roadside. I left the Duncan Pfyfe table that was with them there because someone had painted it brown and I really didn't care to strip it.

      I see deals like that quite often. not long ago I also got a set of 4 beautiful barley twist chairs for free that just needed a bit of glue. I keep wondering how long it will take to get to a place where people appreciate antiques again. I have great big dining room table with queen anne legs that seems to be worthless even though it is well made and in nice shape. the wood to make it would cost a small fortune. Part of it may be that people just dont have the big dining rooms anymore and they dont want them when they move into compartments. Maybe antiques just aren't in style as they were years back.

      granted that the pieces this lady is painting aren't worth much and she's having fun so who's to say it's wrong .. the only thing that bothers me about it encourages others who are unable to make a differentiation and ruin nice or even valuable things rather than stopping to realize that there are authentic ways to actually restore antiques. Im of the mindset that we have some responsibility to pass things down to future generations, for them to enjoy but not everyone will follow that way of thinking.

      Its a topic that some feel passionate about , especially those who do appreciate antiques and I can see both sides of it. Myself I'd rather pass on some unrestored pieces than to go about painting and ruining stuff, but at the same time I guess I'm not old enough to look upon eames era stuff as being collectable Some of that is getting up there in value. a lot probably has to do with what people valued or remembered having as kids. I'm not old enough to remember art deco being popular, but I still appreciate all the styles of that era. a lot of that I consider to be real art that is worthy of restoration and care.

      I assume what will happen is people wil continue chucking antiques inthe landfills or painting them and such , but eventually we will reach a point where antiques like wood furniture are again appreciated and sought after , and they will become more rare. Its hard to think of anyone really appreciating much that was made past the point that particleboard furniture got the lion's share of the market.
      Last edited by stickman; 09-13-2021, 01:16 PM.