Asked on Oct 27, 2012

How to - or should I - refinish an antique side table that belonged to Grandma?

Paint-N-PlusJeanette S


I inherited a small side table after my Grandmother passed away? I didn't think it was anything special, and was going to sand down the top (because of all the scratches/watermarks) and re-stain, and then paint/distress the lower portion with AS chalk paint. When I went to empty out the one drawer, I noticed it had a small brass plaque inside the drawer that reads "A Genuine Cushman Colonial Creation - made in Bennington, VT." Doing a bit of research, it appears that it could be an antique. Will it devalue it to sand and restain? Thanks for the direction.
2 answers
  • Jeanette S
    on Oct 28, 2012

    Don't do anything until you find out for sure what you have. I saw on Antiques Road Show that a lady had a set of candleholders she inherited from her grandmother that she polished. they were worth $90. Had she not polished them, they would have been worth $800. Since your piece came from VT...the region where so much of the really expensive stuff careful. Keep in mind also that some of those small pieces are worth big bucks because probably so many of them were more fragile than the larger pieces so not many survived!

  • Paint-N-Plus
    on Oct 28, 2012

    Yes,it will Devalue your piece. I agree w/ Jeanette,call around and see what ya got.

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