Would it be a bad idea to paint this?
My daughter needs a new dresser for her room. Unfortunately, as I'm sure most of you know, quality furniture is very expensive. Most new dressers in the price range that I want to pay do not have the solid construction that I'm looking for. In the past, I've found fabulous solidly built furniture on craigslist - bought my other daughter's entire bedroom set from the 1930s for $500 ( solid wood mahogany bed, two dressers, nightstand and mirror). Drawers are all dovetailed, etc. So I've been looking on and off at dressers on CL looking for another good deal but most have not been suitable. The other problem is that she has a white bed, so I was hoping to either find something white, or find something that could be painted white.
So yesterday I came across this one and it's gorgeous (to me). Just the size I need, right amount of drawers, etc. Price is $200 but they are willing to negotiate. Here is the ad description "Victorian mahogany and crotch mahogany veneer chest with attached swinging mirror; measures 70" H x 21"D x 42.5" W. superstructure includes two handkerchief drawers over four graduated drawers on a shaped apron and plain feet, fitted with wood round pulls. Appraised value = $508. We deal in cash only. If it is posted it is still available. This dresser must go, we need the space."
I'm thinking that I'll ruin its value if I have it painted (would be done by a professional painter who specializes in this kind of thing - friend of dh's). I'm thinking...dd will be off to college in 5 years and I'll be replacing her bed with something that can be used for guests (eventual guest bedroom) so I shouldn't decorate around her "white" bed. And of course, as soon as I showed it to my daughter, her reply was..."can we paint it white?"
OTOH, it's a great price, it will be put to good use and so what if I paint it? It will go with the decor she likes, it's good quality, etc. When I replace her bed, I can find another white one and make the guest room light and airy.
So buy it, have it painted, and not worry about possibly altering its value or continue looking for another piece and hope I find something that meets my criteria in white (been looking for six months and haven't found anything yet)?