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Should I paint this an entirely different colour?

I was at my old place "The Ranch" and cleaned out a few more pieces. This guy is wood and has the original paint. I'm not emotionally invested into this piece. Plus he was only $10 bucks at a friend of mine's "Everything's Gotta Go Barn Sale". So what do y'all think?
Paint it an entirely new colour? OR Just clean him up and use my Briwax?
Thank you Hometalkers!! xo

Paint him all new or just clean him up and Briwax him?
  • Aagh! I don't think you should touch it with paint...it's gorgeous!! What a treasure. :o)

  • Sherry C
    Sherry C Portland, OR
    on Aug 4, 2013

    It is pretty fabulous as is!

  • Z
    Z
    on Aug 4, 2013

    If it's solid wood I'd strip the paint and see what you've got under there. If it's pretty then I'd use colored stains to refinish it. Awesome find for just ten dollars! As much as I want to come out and meet up with you I almost fear what goodies I'd find and want to bring home! LOL

  • R.V.R. Farris
    R.V.R. Farris Natchitoches, LA
    on Aug 4, 2013

    Clean him up and Briwax him, and live with him awhile. You can always paint or strip later. I think he's a great find, love him!

  • Sia@South 47th
    Sia@South 47th Sacramento, CA
    on Aug 4, 2013

    Thank you @Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces , @Sherry C , @Z , and @R.V.R. Farris !!. I'm going to go with the majority and Clean him up, then Briwax him. Should take me about a week, with working etc. I'll post him for SURE when he's ready for his "Moment" LOLOL!! Many thanks to you all once again. This is why I LOVE Hometalk! Great people, Great advice!! xo

  • Sia@South 47th
    Sia@South 47th Sacramento, CA
    on Aug 4, 2013

    @Z Never fear my dear! There is ALWAYS UPS/FED-EX shipping, for your newly found treasures here in NORCAL! xo

  • Nancy G
    Nancy G West Roxbury, MA
    on Aug 5, 2013

    beautiful!

  • Z
    Z
    on Aug 5, 2013

    Oh but Sia, I already have WAY more than I need. Our grandson, whom I care for daily while his Daddy works, starts school a week from tomorrow and my plan is to start working on my furniture stash so I can finally sell it.

  • Lori T
    Lori T Davenport, IA
    on Aug 5, 2013

    I think you should make it look like it did when it was new. but that's just me.

  • Gail Salminen
    Gail Salminen Canada
    on Aug 5, 2013

    @Sia@South 47th I agree too with the majority - clean and wax. What a neat piece. If you eventually tire of it you can sand and as suggested by @Z use coloured stains to revitalize to you taste. Don't think I would do a solid stain on the whole piece, the varied colours would give it a whimsical carousel feel to it.

  • April
    April Lawrenceville, GA
    on Aug 5, 2013

    I agree as well, clean and wax. As the finish looks nice and rustic as is, and I'd be afraid that painting it might either make it loose some of its character, or harm the vintage finish. Thanks for sharing and for asking! :)

  • My Gnome Little  World
    My Gnome Little World Walnut Creek, CA
    on Aug 5, 2013

    Think it will look great either way! What a cool find! Sheesh....I live in barn country and I never find things like that! o)

  • Sue Ross
    Sue Ross Omaha, NE
    on Aug 5, 2013

    great score! may I ask WHY you think he needs wax? my first impression is to paint brush dust him, and live with him for a while.....If you are going to sell him later you want to do as little as possible to the original finish. (SPLENDID FIND!)

  • Pam Perkins Zirbel
    Pam Perkins Zirbel Newfane, NY
    on Aug 5, 2013

    CLEAN HIM UP AND WAX HIM!!!! UNREAL!!!! WHAT A FANTASTIC SCORE!!! I dont mean to 'yell' but dear god I am jealous!!! I cant stand it!!!! Good luck and let us see!!!!! @Sia@South 47th !!!

  • Tammy Brenner
    Tammy Brenner Stockton, CA
    on Aug 5, 2013

    He's so adorable! I agree to live with him for a while then someone may come up with an idea you just love and have to do. I love everyone's input because sometimes it's something I would have never thought of & I love it! If you find another Barn sale like that let me know, I'll drive down & come your not to far.

  • Sia@South 47th
    Sia@South 47th Sacramento, CA
    on Aug 5, 2013

    Thank you ALL!!!! I'm going to do the clean up and Briwax him! I was going to strip him as I thought about it, but I think you ALL are right. Just clean him up and wax him, leaving the original finish intact, as many of you have suggested! If nothing else he'll be clean at least LOL!!!! I've already brushed him early this morning and will work on him when I get home this afternoon from work. I don't think I'll fix his 'dings' either, since none of them make him unsteady. He's very sturdy and heavy. Give me a week and I'll post how he looks. Then if you all think he looks good, I'll leave him alone and send him to a new home! LOVE everyone here at HT!! You all are so creative and give me suggestions that are so very helpful, especially when I get 'stuck', in my usual way of doing things. Thank you so much!!!!!

  • Sia@South 47th
    Sia@South 47th Sacramento, CA
    on Aug 5, 2013

    @Tammy Sure!! I'll let you know when one is coming up! I'd love to 'Treasure Hunt' with you! My friend only has this one, once per year at the beginning of Aug. I'll post some of the other things I picked up there, as well. xox

  • Sia@South 47th
    Sia@South 47th Sacramento, CA
    on Aug 5, 2013

    @Pam Perkins Zirbel You made me laugh so hard!!!! Hahahahahahaaa LOVE your spirit!! xox

  • Sia@South 47th
    Sia@South 47th Sacramento, CA
    on Aug 5, 2013

    @Lori T Thank you Lori! xox

  • Sia@South 47th
    Sia@South 47th Sacramento, CA
    on Aug 5, 2013

    @Gail Salminen Many thanks as always Gail!! xox

  • Sia@South 47th
    Sia@South 47th Sacramento, CA
    on Aug 5, 2013

    @April Thank you April! I'm going to do it!! Whoooooo xo

  • Sia@South 47th
    Sia@South 47th Sacramento, CA
    on Aug 5, 2013

    @Interior Frugalista Thank you so much as always! I don't chalk paint so much anymore, however he was one that I did 'think' about. Loved your idea about the High Gloss as well, I didn't think of that!! xox

  • Sia@South 47th
    Sia@South 47th Sacramento, CA
    on Aug 5, 2013

    @My Gnome Little World Thank you! xo

  • Sia@South 47th
    Sia@South 47th Sacramento, CA
    on Aug 5, 2013

    @Sue Ross Thank you Sue! Yeppers started brushing him this morning!! He's pretty dirty LOL

  • Sia@South 47th
    Sia@South 47th Sacramento, CA
    on Aug 5, 2013

    @Nancy G Thank you Nancy! xox

  • April
    April Lawrenceville, GA
    on Aug 6, 2013

    You're very welcome, Sia! Great! When you do, please share! I'd love to see the results! :D It really is a darling piece!

  • Sia@South 47th
    Sia@South 47th Sacramento, CA
    on Aug 6, 2013

    I will show him for sure! @April It will take me about a week, with working and all, but shouldn't be more than that! xox

  • April
    April Lawrenceville, GA
    on Aug 6, 2013

    Great! Oh no worries, Sia! Renovating in-between life's busyness always takes some time, I know. :D

  • GranArt
    GranArt Granbury, TX
    on Aug 6, 2013

    OR turn him into a Zebra with a pink saddle!

  • Jim L
    Jim L Columbia, SC
    on Aug 6, 2013

    Clean him, wax him and leave him alone! DO NOT paint him. If you paint him, any value will be lost.

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