Hello readers! I have a small problem and I need some help! If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen me talk about a new dresser that we purchased and later found out some interesting facts about said dresser. You see we did some rearranging and needed to find a new dresser for our 2nd bedroom. We begin looking on Craigslist, in thrift stores, on curbs (our usual spots, lol) and found this great piece for an even better price.
While it is not the color or finish that I like, it is a solid, well made piece of furniture (meaning heavy) and even though it has some scratches and dings it is in pretty good shape.
Once we got it home I started planning ways to refinish it and give this piece new life. After tossing around a few ideas I decided to paint it a nice coat of white and bring in some silver to showcase the details.
Each drawer has a carved rectangle detail and in my vision it is painted silver to contrast against the white. I saw this beautiful credenza makeover using gray and gold on Centsational Girl and after seeing hers I knew I was on the right track with my dresser.
I even bought these pretty handles from the Home Depot to replace the wooden ones that let’s be honest… are not my favorite.And while I was busy planning the makeover Sam was doing some research of his own. You see inside the top drawer we also found this little plaque.
Before we refinish any piece we always look into the history of it as much as we can. I highly recommend always doing your homework! And we found out some interesting things about Cushman Colonial Creations.
Henry Theodore Cushman started inventing and manufacturing pieces after the Civil War and in 1870 he opened up a small factory in Vermont. He made lots of things including some of the earliest roller skates and he is also the guy we can thank for inventing pencils with erasers on the end. He eventually started manufacturing furniture and his mission style pieces were very popular during the early 1900s.
Pretty cool right? But do you see my dilemma? I don’t know if we should refinish this piece or not! I’m not really sure that this piece is worth a ton of money, we found some selling for around $300 on Ebay so I don’t think I have something worth thousands here, but it has really cool history attached to it. Do we keep it as close to the original as possible? Not touch it? Re-stain it? Paint it? I don’t know what to do!
So now you come in. I want to know your thoughts and your opinions! If you were in my shoes what would you do? Do you cringe at changing a potentially historic antique? Or do you say paint away and make it a piece we like and just enjoy the fun story behind it? Let me know in the comments what you would do!