Some people regard antiques as sacred objects that should never be altered or changed. While we have a healthy respect for things from the past and prefer a piece with history and character to something new whenever possible — we’re not afraid to paint or change an antique when the situation calls for it.
In Tracery principal Paige Schnell’s Seagrove Beach cottage, a heavily carved and very quirky Victorian-era cabinet was given new life with…grass green lacquer! Placed in the dining area of the home, provides storage for barware and extra dishes, and acts as a serving area for the nearby table.
The cabinet was originally a very heavy and dark stained wood color. Lacquered in the grass green color that serves as an accent color throughout Paige’s living and dining space, the piece takes on a sculptural quality against the bright white walls. And yes, those are carved lions holding up the twisty columns on the upper hutch of the piece–we told you it was quirky!
[Details along the upper portion of the cabinet stand out dramatically after being lacquered grass green]
The moral of this story? Don’t be afraid of changing furniture to suit your space. A coat of paint can do wonders in totally transforming a piece into something new and exciting!