Now, the finish is thin in many spots, especially on the top, and it's never going to bring in full price in a sale, auction or otherwise. so I'd like to modernize it by painting it. Yes, we're talking about me, so I'd probably end up going with teal (like my door and accent color in the office) or white, not a traditional color. It'd make up for the nicks and scratches, while making the ornate, French provincial shape more palatable for me. I called Mom to ask her how she'd feel about that (I didn't mention teal, though... that'd be pushing my luck, I'm sure), and that's when she told me why she bought it--its worth. And I verified it online. But she gave me her [reluctant] blessing, saying that it was mine to do with what I wished. She said okay, but her voice bespoke disappointment... as usual. Implication: Be artistic! You're smart! You're talented! I love anything you do--as long as it's my style.
Cue the guilt.
Honest truth? I think it's hideous. It feels massive (though it, in reality, takes up no more space than most streamlined desks), bulging (which gives it the massive feel), nicked, faded, and about as in-between of a color as my natural hair color (and we all know what that's led me to do for the past ten years). And, to me anyway, it seems to be at war with my otherwise lovely yellow walls. If you like traditional style, it's great, but I'm definitely a lover of mod and contemp. Here's what it looks like:
So, dear readers, what do you think? Should I grin and bear it out of gratitude and guilt and respect for antiques, should I try to sell it for something that's more my taste, or should I let my artistic juices flow and paint the thing teal (white with a black dog in the house is asking for trouble) with chrome or brushed nickel hardware, and just ignore the eye-rolling from my mother? I'm honestly torn and genuinely want your input, so please let me know your opinion.
Over and out!