WWYD with this old piece of furniture?
We have this old, wood bar that's seen better days:
The top flips up to reveal a metal ice tray and a spot for mixing drinks, and the back of the cabinet has cutouts with mesh for ventilation. Why does a bar need ventilation, I wonder? It was never a very fine piece of furniture, but an older relative handed it down to my in-laws, then it went from them to DH and me. It could be about 100 years old.
I like it a lot, but it's in such bad shape that something has to be done. Also note that my decorating taste tends toward comfortable contemporary. So this piece is a departure from my usual style, which is kind of fun.
I'm not up for a major stripping and restaining project, and can't afford to hire someone else to do it. The front is all veneer, so dipping it isn't an option. So I think that leaves a spit-and-shine touch up job or painting.
What would you do? Are you going to tell me to get it appraised before ruining a priceless antique?
Thanks for any suggestions!