Dressers - update with paint or no?
I have two birds eye maple dressers and a vanity with lines very similar to the dresser below (though not serpentine). They were a gift when I turned 21--but other than that, they don't have any family significance. The finish was a little damaged then.. and unfortunately it's worse now. The alcohol from my old hair products (can't be bothered to use hairspray now ha) really discolored the top of the low chest and there's discoloring from a (hiding face in shame) cigarette. The drawers need some TLC as they don't go in/out as they should. I could have it re-veneered and fixed but I am also tired of it after 25+ years and have been looking for something new-- and less feminine and youthful.
I happened on this while checking out listings at an antique store and was immediately charmed. I don't normally like a two tone finish but I think it's just stunning. It still has the pretty lines.. but I think it is more handsome and doesn't look so youthful.
What do you think of painting over the BEM veneer in this same style? What kind of paint would you use? I like the dull matte finish.. is it Chalk paint? What about the gold? I like that it is dull too vs. gold leaf.
I believe mine are circa 1930 or 40s. They are pretty widely available and those in better shape are selling around $300.. if they are lucky. I don't think I'd get much for them in their current state. I'd likely use them in the guest room because even painted I suspect they'll be too feminine for the bf (who will move here in the next year). But if that's the case.. should I should just buy this one ($145) and save the work?