A frequent trash finding topic of discussion is quality trash, specifically furniture. I often find beautiful, solid wood, well-made in the USA, pieces of furniture in the trash, and it can only be assumed the trasher replaced it with some new, particleboard, made in China item. I don’t like to assume things, but, I lean toward the mindset that if someone is throwing out a solid maple end table, or beautiful oak dining set, they don’t care aesthetically all that much (I say this, as often, these items are accompanied in the trash by boxes from the ‘new’ item). Sure, we all have different things we like or find attractive, but regardless of what it looks like, I don’t understand why someone would choose poorly made ‘new’, over good quality & craftsmanship.
Adding to the subject of quality & taste, is when someone paints over a beautiful, solid wood piece of furniture. I’m much more forgiving in this area than my boyfriend the carpenter/fine-woodworker. When we have a yard sale & someone purchases one of our awesome finds and starts telling us how they want to paint it, etc, he has to exit the conversation. I understand where he’s coming from and I certainly wouldn’t paint over a nice real wood grain, but I’m just happy their not buying new. I also consider that a teachable moment, and rather than try to talk them out of it, I’ll point out some of the characteristics of the wood that I like – a knot, the coloring, or the grain for example. He tends to forget many people just don’t understand, or have never had the opportunity to see the beauty of wood from a different perspective.
How about you? Have you ever altered or painted an item that you came to regret? What did you do?