7.02.2009

Orange Dresser: Yay or Nay?

Okay all you style savvy readers, I have a question for you. Here is my Great Grandmother's Cedar Chest that was handed down to me:


The top of the chest opens to reveal storage inside. The only drawer that really works is the one on the bottom, the others are just for show. I'm not sure exactly how old it is, but it has to be at least 30 years old, if not more. It's a bit scuffed up, so I need to spruce this guy up.

I've wanted to paint a piece of furniture orange ever since I saw this dresser in Cottage Living years ago:

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I really like the orange paired with the light blue, which is the color I recently painted my wall in my family room, which is where this piece of furniture resides.

Then recently I ran across this photo on flickr and fell in love with the orangey-red color:

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What do you all think? Go bold with orange? My other option is the good ol' fallback color of white. The only other factor that worries me is that I will be ruining it if I paint it. Like on "Antiques Roadshow" when they are like "If this had remained in it's original condition it would be worth eleventy billion more dollars". Opinions please!

21 comments:

  1. I would get it appraised. If its only true value is sentimental, go for it and paint it!

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  2. I'd worry about picking the right shade of orange, I think. May take a few trials. I think a turquoise like the door in that entry I posted the other day that you liked would look great. But I'm just more of a blue than an orange.

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  3. i love the idea!!! orange is such an unappreciated color but it actually brings joy and happiness. so i say YAY go for it!

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  4. I think you should go for it! It would look so vintage-y cool. You're right, it will go really nice with your new walls. And... You can always paint it if you tire of it. Can't wait to see what you do with it!

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  5. I have a few pieces that are very similar in that they are pretty old and even though I know I would love it painted, I'm wary because of the Antiques Roadshow aspect. But...here's the big question.

    1. If it was worth eleventy billion dollars, would you sell it?
    2. If not, would you love looking at it in it's present state just because it is worth eleventy billion dollars?
    3. Noone can put a price on sentimental value and if you want to paint it orange, then by all means paint that baby ORANGE!

    PS. Orange & Blue is one of my fav color combination's! My vote is for orange.

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  6. I vote go for it. If you're scared to you can just change the hardware to something orange or add something orange on top of it.

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  7. i love the orange in the top photo! who cares about its monetary value? i think it has more value as it belonging to your family and if you can enjoy it in a whole new way, that is worth it. i think it will look amazing orange!!

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  8. I just LOVE the idea of an orange dresser... I actually just saw a gorgeous one at the antique store with a huge SOLD sign on it - for good reason! It would look amazing in your blue living room (which actually has my gears turning because my living room is orange too...hmmm.)

    Good luck and don't commit to a shade of orange right away. Maybe let them hang out in your living room until you find the one you know you like!

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  9. I'm with M Crane. I think it probably is ony of great sentimental value, so I would paint it. (Make sure first!). I love the idea of orange and totally think it fits with your space and with your style. Go for it!

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  10. Either one would look great! I do love that orange red though, very different and more vibrant. Wow.

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  11. Totally YAY! It's gorgeous.

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  12. Sweetie Pie, I'm an avid fan of paint! It's easily changed, stripped, reapplied...whatever. I think you'd be happy with painting orange, love that color! You probably won't ever sell it, so it doesn't matter what the dollar value is. And if you plan to use it, you'd like to be able to enjoy it. i knowI think Great Grandma knows and loves your creative heart.

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  13. I'm loving the orange idea, go for it, I say!

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  14. I agree with what most have said. I bet you will love it and cherish it even more once you paint it orange.

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  15. Do it. You won't ruin it by painting it if the drawers don't all work anyway. It'll be fun. You can always paint it again if you hate it.

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  16. Go for orange! It is such a happy and cheefrul color, perfect for an accent piece!

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  17. i say paint it! your great grandmother would want you to put your own spin on things (you know, because i know your great grandmother so much...)
    personally id do white, just because id like it more in the long run - but definitely paint it!

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  18. go for it! i love the orange idea.
    and if you're really worried that it might be worth a mint, just get it appraised first to be on the safe side. you might even find that it has more sentimental value to you anyways, so what's a little paint!

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  19. oh my, paint it, paint it! orange would be unexpected and fun. good news is, if you don't like it in a couple years you can paint it again.

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  20. I love this idea too! Go for it! I hope you'll post before and after photos.

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  21. fuck the appraisal! if you want to paint it orange..paint it orange!!! i think it would look kickass!

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