Those of us who are vintage furniture lovers,
and that still swoon over a flea space filled with white chippy pieces,
have all asked ourselves some variation of this question...
How much "Chippy" is too chippy?
I'm not a purist even though I totally respect those people who cannot for the life of them take a paint brush to an old painted piece. I "get" the preservation of the past, and a need for maintaining the integrity and authenticity of an old, antique, or vintage heirloom... and then again sometimes all I see is a really poor paint job that needs to be "fixed".
Many, if not most times, I just try to "help" a piece out a little. I like distressing and chipping, and genuine "wear" of most pieces, but I still like to even things out, cover up any obvious signs of "contamination" like other paint spills, uneven color, abuse, and sloppiness from a previous paint finish. It's very rare that I find a piece that's chippy from genuine wear, that will suit me. A few times, I've just left things alone. But that doesn't happen often.
My little cabinet for the bathroom...
I didn't touch it,
even though I was tempted.
...same with my old door in the kitchen sitting area.
no. no. no. don't touch my perfect little white picket fence gate!!
I love chippy, but I don't like flaking off, usually from lead paint.
I had this piece on the sunporch at the old house, but it was behind my wicker settee and the kitties used it as a bird watching perch. It wasn't in full view, and evidently Hubbs had never noticed it before. But then I found it in the garage over here and it was the perfect size little bench to add into the kitchen sitting area. I like to have a place within reach for a cup of tea or a place to put up my feet.
"What's that? When did you get that?
Did you find it in some old barn?"
"And... the problem is?"
He thinks it's a little too chippy, and that the legs look "chewed".
Yeah, I get the point...
But I don't think I can touch it.
Chewy legs and all.
And besides, Miss Jenkins isn't worried about it...
So it's staying as is.
more of my Late Summer Sitting Area, next time.
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