First to those of you who helped with advice on what to do with this piece...Thank you. Second to those who said "Don't paint it, I am so sorry."
I painted it.
Although I did love the old wood, the piece was just so dark and since it is large in a small home it didn't blend well, for my taste anyway. I did love the rich contrast but I went ahead with the paint.
As I began, I realized I loved the gray idea, but it was not going to go with the room at all, and the yellow ......was the exact color of the wall.
Although the wall color was bought years ago and was another brand ....It matched it perfectly, had I tried to do that- it would have never happened!
I even put a splash of paint on the wall and you couldn't even tell where it was.
That put the yellow as the primary out! The pumpkin I had ended up being too dark, so the ever trusty white came around, and yellow went as the accent.
Because the piece was old, it roughed up easily but I did put candle wax on the edges, keeping paint from adhering and then making the sanding go much quicker, thanks Emma for the tip!!
I realize some will say....."you ruined it!"
But I love pieces that look like they came out our your great aunts farmstead. Whenever I see pieces like this I think of my great aunt Julia. She had red hair and always wore a print dress with an apron, along with over boots as she went about slopping hogs and feedin' chickens.
She would stir up a pot of stew and slurp right from the big spoon, dunking it back into the broth, slurp and all!
She lived on a farm in the middle of a town that used to be.
Her house was on top of the hill that was filled with Crocus every Spring.
I don't remember the exact things in her house, I know they were dated.
The new things came from the 60's, the floors were crooked and the house was...well lived in.
I loved every trip there.
for some reason, this makes me think of that time
and that makes me smile.
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