Yup, I painted a Stickley ;) – Tuesday’s Treasures

Hi Friends,

Let’s talk furniture painting dilemmas for a moment, shall we? So often people come into our store or comment online or recognize me on the street, you get the point, to tell me how terrible it is of me to paint furniture. I usually have a response like this.  If it’s not a rare antique piece that’s worth a lot and it’s ugly, I like it more painted. Our painted pieces sell for more than if they were left as is. There are a few older furniture pieces that I like the patina of and wouldn’t paint. Old single door cupboards or some sideboards that don’t have any yellow or orange tones to the wood. A good rule of thumb when wondering if a piece of furniture is worth money is by seeing what company made the furniture. Stickley furniture is usually the most valuable. That being said, a customer came to us asking us to paint not just one but multiple Stickley pieces. Gulp! I explained that they would probably be worth more left as is but in the end here’s what it all boils down to – they didn’t like how it looked so they didn’t want them if the furniture stayed as is. Here’s another important thing to remember – people hire me to paint their furniture so sometimes it’s not my choice, it’s theirs.

Here is one of the pieces before:
IMG_3564You wouldn’t want to keep it either, would you?

We painted it all with Benjamin Moore’s color Simply White (my favorite white) and finished it with a high gloss clear coat to give it a more modern finish.  If you want to see how we paint furniture, check out our How to Paint Furniture post. We also replaced the hardware with a more modern gold finish. The hardware was from Home Depot. You have to order those online, they aren’t stocked in the store.

Ready for the after?
28249366161_fdc8ca9003_o 28224158042_04fb29e6e2_o 28224148262_179047d5d9_oSee! She made a good choice, right?? I love the end result and if I were in her shoes I would have done the same thing. That being said, if you decide one day to make it your job to strip off paint and stain it, I won’t pick on your for it. Because after all, we all just need to get along. :)

We also just added a ton of new pieces to our for sale page! Snatch them up because it’s summer and things don’t stick around here long in the summer! See all the new pieces on our Furniture For Sale page.

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Happy FunCycling Friends,
Sarah ;)

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2 thoughts on “Yup, I painted a Stickley ;) – Tuesday’s Treasures

  1. Hi, thanks for this. I’m looking at a dark oak Stickley sofa which either gets rehomed or painted. I always thought it would be a crime to do the latter. But maybe after reading this I will actually have the nerve to paint it and reinvent it for 2016…

  2. It looks nice, but a newly sanded/stained top with painted body would have been gorgeous! I hope she kept original hardware in the event she ever sells it :)

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