Sometimes it’s better not to completely refinish or paint furniture. Of course, the obvious would be a priceless antique. But I have also found that in the Atlanta area, mid century furniture sells much quicker when left in its natural state. So, when I come across such a piece, I try to avoid refinishing or painting it.
Dad offered me this mid century hutch after keeping it in storage for a few years. Oh, yeah!
It is in great shape, except for one little area on the top of the base.
I considered refinishing the top, but decided to try just a touchup. I wiped a bit of walnut stain in the discolored area, then applied about three coats of wipe-on poly to the area with a cotton swab. I rubbed a couple of coats of poly over the whole surface in front of the glass doors..
Not perfect, but adequate. The damaged area is actually less noticeable than the picture shows. There were a few small areas at the base of the legs that I touched up with stain. The rest of this mid century cabinet just needed a bit of cleaning. Cleaning the gunk out of the grooves where the glass doors slide took longer than the touchup.
My favorite part of the china cabinet is the doors. Not sure why they remind me of the Jetsons.
After a couple of painted mid century furniture pieces sat for too long, I learned the hard way not to paint them. I’m more than happy to avoid refinishing furniture. Are there any “sacred” furniture pieces that you would never consider painting?