I recently had a reader email me about a pair of adorable end-tables that she had purchased at an estate sale. I don’t think they were quite her style but she wanted to have them painted to glam them up a little. We planned, shared ideas, and had a game plan to make them fabulous – BUT then she chickened out.
This is like so many people – including me at times – that are nervous to paint a piece because they think it will devalue the furniture and I totally understand!
Here is my motto: If you don’t love this piece of furniture then it’s not worth anything to YOU!
But if you are still hesitant ask yourself a couple of questions: Am I planning on selling this? If your going to keep it and you are sick of looking at it in your house then for heavens sake – paint it!
To find out what a piece of furniture is valuable then look to see who the manufacturer is – it should be located in a drawer, underneath, or on the back of the piece. Are there markings or numbers on the back? Does it have the original hardware? Google, look on Ebay, or Craigslist to see if you can find anything like it.
A piece is only considered an antique if it over 100 years old and is considered rare. Contact a local antique dealer and ask them about the piece. Many times they will let you email pictures and they can tell you their feedback although this is not an accurate appraisal, it is a good way of getting an idea.