There is no shortage of table makeovers online. Might I suggest a nice, bright paint job, or a trip over to Pinterest? :)
I love it the way it is, but then, I love antiques. What is not to like??? Different strokes for different folks...that is for sure!!
First, I'd take a chisel and knock off those pegs. Fill it with either a dowel or wood putty. Sarah Richardson, the designer always takes pieces like this and sends them off to a place that professionally spray paints them...I actually think it might be an automotive paint place. I think a professional coat of hard surface off-white with some kind of contemporary pull might be pleasing and so much less trouble than you having to strip and sand and paint and finish...ugh. And, if not off-white then some other color you like that would basically be very hard wearing and professionally done.
I would paint it bright white /w/ black hardware , make a ironingboard for the top, w/ black zebra print, when not using it. I would keep it because it is all wood, don't have to worry about it falling apart . Dottie Bug:thumbup:
Paint it your favorite color and definitely change those handles. How about White and then do some free motion feathers on it in your favorite color!
I like that black lacquer w/ the gold. But what a lot of work.
To me, that cabinet is square enough that you don't notice the colonial feet at first. I think I have even seen some Craftsman furniture that had a bit of colonial flair.
I would take it a little toward Mission or Shaker, in a cherry stain. I'm lazy, so I would pick a drawer pull with a backplate to help cover up if old holes if I can''t find new pulls that are the same centers. http://www.knobsandhardware.com/cabi...ductItemsImage
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I'd use a cherry or a chestnut color of stain.
I don't care for cherry, it will be painted I think!! You all have given me some good ideas. It's a very large table, much larger than most of my other tables. An ironing board cover is a good idea!