I inherited an antique bedroom set: A vanity/dresser, a tall dresser, and a Queen size headboard. It's dark walnut stained, solid oak wood with brass fixtures. Nice, but not exactly stylish. I'd say it dates back to the 40's or so. I can live with the vanity and tall dresser as is, but this headboard is absolutely ghastly. Even if I wanted to sell the whole set, I wouldn't get much for it (the drawers in the vanity are on broken tracks, the tall dresser has been chipped in several places, and the headboard has old candle wax petrified on it). I was thinking about painting the whole set. Any ideas?Answer Question
Answer by KnoxvilleDoula at 9:46 AM on Oct. 28, 2008
I would not paint an antique. Even though you say it is ugly it may be worth money.
Answer by Christinemg0813 at 9:47 AM on Oct. 28, 2008
Answer by MamaLion82007 at 9:59 AM on Oct. 28, 2008
How about re-staining it in a lighter color and new handles for the drawers? Even though its not your style, maybe you will be able to appreciate it once its not a big, dark thing in your room. I've got a dining set that was my husband's grandparents and when we first "inherited" it, I didn't like it, but it has grown on me for its antique value and sentimental vale.
Answer by chillemi78 at 10:04 AM on Oct. 28, 2008
When dealing with antiques...painting, re varnishing and 'fixing' often ruins value. The first thing I'd do..is have someone come look at it. If they say it's a minimal worth then by all means, paint, scrape, cut, pad away. My mother owned an antique store for years. Many times people would bring in a piece that could have been worth tremendous money but 'it looked bad so we refinished it' To true dealers and collectors the patina you just destroyed MADE the piece more, not less valuable.
Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 11:53 AM on Oct. 28, 2008
Answer by MRiverson at 8:38 PM on Oct. 28, 2008